For many people who only show up at emergency rooms, or handle healthcare with a Medicaid card, the law is forcing people to become consumers of healthcare. Subsidized premiums are one thing, but there will be deductibles and co-pays for treatments and prescriptions. In the past, I'm pretty sure many of these folks didn't have to worry about those things previously, and now they will. And they won't be happy because they'll have thought it was all supposed to be "free."
<....”the law is forcing people to become consumers of healthcare”....>
I differ on that take...I see this as nothing more than ‘a hoax to draw revenue’ from all people to the hands of politicians and they’re squabbles and deals on who gets it for anything other than healthcare.....
This is nothing about the peoples health...it’s about the revenue generating to the Government...period. And they will distribute it where ever they choose...and it won’t be on caring for the health of Americans.
BTW I’m sure who gets healthcare will be determined by who you vote for as well....they will make certain those who oppose them are at the back of the line.
That may be true for a short while, but it's moving very fast towards single payer. Choices will be 1) govt. A or 2) govt. B.
One benefit I see is the decoupling of health care from jobs. All problems would be solved if your consumer premise was how the whole system worked. Shop, compare, and choose how to spend your money. The intervening insurance factor creates the impression that someone else is paying.
Apparently you are recalling the old saying, “Every cloud has a silver lining.” Actually with the current mess every cloud has a load of wet bird droppings in it.