No, and yes. Wanting a national healthcare policy stems from my paying attention to rising costs and exclusionary techniques used by the health insurance industry. I have a better than average health care plan that will last as long as I live, if I can make the payments. If I fail to make those very reasonable payments, of course, I’ll lose my health care plan and be forced to find a new provider. Both my wife and I have pre-existing conditions (because we’re in our fifties, because I broke my back while ditching my plane). Several pre-existing conditions.
So, I’m currently without a paycheck because I’m a public servant, and the Republican Party is out to make sure I pay for my pre-existing condition, no matter how much my provider wants to charge, and because barring that, they want to pretend that downsizing me out of a job will make enough difference to the national debt that the can re-balance the budget. Forget or ignore the fact that only a Democrat has managed to balance the budget in my lifetime. Remember that the Republican party has never allowed any national health care plan to reach a floor vote, even though some of them have proposed or cosponsored national health care plans.
AARP has endorsed Obamacare, and I’m assured that this makes them an arm of the Democratic party. I’m not so sure. I think they’ve recognized that A Plan is better than No Plan.
WebMD has also answered some questions about Obamacare in a positive light. Does this mean they’re also a bunch of commie Democrat sympathizers? Probably only on the issue of health care.
I’m registered as a Dem, even though I have unregistered guns in my house and don’t intend to stop. Perfectly legal in my red state. If the Republican party ever came up with a comprehensive health care plan more inclusive than “Nooooo……” then I might register with them to support a specific candidate.
But for now, I’ve had my life saved by my health care program. I want everybody in the nation to have that buffer against disaster, and I’m willing to call availability of health care a right, and not a privilege of wealth. I guess that wanting everybody to have affordable health care has made me a Democrat.
I’ll probably be jumping parties when the issue at the top of my agenda becomes gun ownership. But until everybody has health care, and can afford it, I won’t know, because that will the top, middle, and bottom of my political agenda.