Running Against Obamacare May Not Be So Easy

This is from the Huffington Post:
"WASHINGTON -- The former chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party will save $1,000 a month in premiums for his family's health care package after signing up for a new policy through the Obamacare exchange.

But Fergus Cullen said the savings aren't enough to turn him into a supporter of the new health care law. He said he anticipates higher out-of-pocket costs with his new Anthem-administered plan, and he's frustrated by what he sees as a lack of information about coverage options. His old plan, which was pricey but covered what he needed, was cancelled by his insurer because it didn't meet Obamacare regulations.

"Fundamentally, the plan I wanted to buy is one that gives me catastrophic coverage for my family and lets me self-insure for everything else," Cullen said in a phone interview with The Huffington Post.

Stories similar to Cullen's are being told by folks across the country -- that the Affordable Care Act has benefits that must be weighed against its downsides. What makes his tale a bit rarer is that he's one of the few Republicans of stature willing to acknowledge the tradeoffs.

Cullen, who runs the consulting firm Fergus Cullen Communications, was chair of the New Hampshire Republican Party in 2007 and 2008. He wrote about his Obamacare experience in the pages of the conservative-leaning New Hampshire Union Leader. He acknowledged that other Republicans had warned him that the article would be picked up by defenders of the law as evidence that it worked even for staunch, free-market oriented conservatives.

But his personal experience with Obamacare -- and his assessment of the law –- is not an endorsement. If anything, it's part approval, part condemnation, and part withheld judgment.

This is something for our party to run on and not make excuses for. STEP UP!!!!!!

Comments

It's about time

for supporters of the ACA to start vocally supporting it.

It's sickening to see people like Renee Ellmers and Thom Tillis continually bashing Obamacare with their false claims about millions of people losing coverage, and the false horror stories that they solicit or make up.

As you point out -- where are the people, besides President Obama, who vocally point out that millions of people who weren't insured before now have healthcare insurance? Why aren't people pointing out the economic benefits, not to mention the health benefits?

Why has Kay Hagan's response to AFP's attacks been one of joining in the bashing of the enrollment web site, rather than pointing out the benefits of Obamacare?

Tillis has convened his committee to bash Obamacare and illegally use state resources to promote his campaign for US Senate examine the impacts of Obamacare on NC. You can bet that the committee will find lots of negative impacts and few if any positive benefits. So as you note, it's up to the ACA supporters to try to balance the conversation.

If the GOP Obamacare bashing message wins the day because no one rebuts it, then the GOP will win the day on election day. And that's scary.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis