“Something needs to be done, especially to help the kids and the elderly,” said Williams, 48, who works for the school district in Forsyth County, Ga. “But if the reforms affect the insurance I have now, I would have a deep issue with it.”
The elderly already have government run healthcare. There is 100% coverage for the elderly. It’s called Medicare; you may have heard of it.
Kids are generally covered by Medicaid and S-CHIP, more government healthcare schemes.
This “debate” isn’t about kids and the elderly. This is about working age adults — and a small percentage of them. It isn’t about truly poor working age adults — those adults qualify for Medicaid. It isn’t about the disabled — they qualify for Medicare.
This is about able-bodied adults without permanent disabilities who have income but maybe not enough to cover buying their own insurance, people who are in between jobs, and young adults who can afford it but are healthy enough that they just don’t feel like buying it.
If Obama were just concerned with covering those people and not trying to wreck everyone’s insurance, then the right side of the aisle would have already lost the debate.