Now that the details of the insurance markets are coming out, we’ll be re-litigating Obamacare ’til hell won’t have it anymore, so I want to get my licks in early before things get bloody. I think DougJ is right that most people, who get their insurance through their employers, won’t notice it, and those on premium support will consider it a welcome benefit. But Digby catches another group, the marginally insured, who pay for not-so-great policies that still keep them out of bankruptcy. This group will pay more under Obamacare, because half- or three-quarters- or five-eighths-assed policies won’t be available on the markets.
Notably missing from her argument are numbers, but these certainly aren’t an imaginary group, and, as Atrios points out, a lot of them are younger. Explanations of how they’re getting a better policy won’t carry much weight since they’d already chosen not to buy that policy. So, even though this cohort will be arguably better off, they will be disgruntled about their bigger premium payments.
That all said, every time I hear about one of these groups, I think about the alternative (which I would have preferred) of Medicare for All. Instead of hearing stories about small groups that are better or worse off, we’d be hearing about everyone on employer group plans who were having to move to “government healthcare.” Part of the grand Obamacare bargain was to keep the employer insurance status quo, and avoid that major transition. I can only imagine the horror stories we’d be hearing now if Obamacare had been more ambitious.