I am 64 and make a decent salary for a solo practice attorney. I am also very healthy. Before Obamacare, I was self insured with an HSA account and my employer put $50 every week into that account. I purchased health insurance for approximately $300 per month, and I had that tax free $50 every week to spend on medical costs.
In 2014, the cheapest health insurance I could find in Texas was going to cost me more that $500 per month, and it was not HSA eligible. So, although I still get the $50 every week, I now pay taxes on it, so it is more like $30 every week. I ended up getting short term insurance in case of a catastrophic event, but because it does not “qualify” I will have to pay a fine for not having proper health insurance.
I know that a lot of the reasons that Obamacare is so stupidly complex and expensive for the middle class is because of all the crap that the Republican legislatures demanded in order to get it to pass, but seriously, this is one more stab at the dwindling middle class. The only way for me to get “qualifying” health insurance that I can afford is to (1) lose my job or (2) win the lottery. Luckily I will be 65 in November, will be eligible for medicare and will be retiring on my social security so I will also be poor enough for qualifying discounts.
I work hard, pay my own way, pay my taxes, have never been in jail, have never been on welfare, have only been on unemployment insurance once if my life, and I even do volunteer work. So, someone tell me why Republicans have so little regard for me and people like me?