ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Geographical discrimination in Maine
An Aroostook County resident who buys a health care plan on the new federal insurance exchange could pay $1,000 more per year in premiums than a Portland resident for exactly the same coverage, according to information released Wednesday by the Maine Bureau of Insurance.
The insurance industry lobbied for the changes, arguing that it costs more to deliver health care in rural areas. The legislation made it easier to charge different rates based on which county a buyer lives in starting in 2011.
We don't change Social Security benefits by where people live. So why health care?
Answer: Because Obama and the Democrats had one key goal in designing ObamaCare: To preserve the health insurance industry. (As we all know, Liz Fpwler, a Wellstone VP on secondment to Max Baucus's office as chief of staff, wrote the bill.) If that's your goal,
regional variation discrimination by geography makes perfect sense.
However, if health care is a right -- and Obama occasionallly makes a rhetorical gesture to this idea -- geographical discrimination makes no sense at all. That's wny we need single payer Medicare for All.