Ruth Marcus writes about Patrick Tumulty, who was featured in a 2009 Time magazine article. Tumulty's insurance turned out not to do very much when he got, you know, sick and racked up $14,000 in medical bills.
Patrick is in better shape now, health-wise. However, because of where he lives - Texas - his plight in the insurance market is tougher than it has to be. Marcus writes:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) chose to opt out of Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid to cover impoverished, childless adults like Patrick. Patrick could purchase insurance on the new health-care exchanges but — because of Perry’s Medicaid declination — he would have to pay the full premium. As Karen noted, “He is, paradoxically, too poor for subsidies.”
Meanwhile, Patrick is out of work. His unemployment compensation ran out long ago. Despite his medical problems, he’s been unable to qualify for Social Security disability.
So, yes, this is an infuriating moment in the implementation of Obamacare. But as you steam, stop and think about people like Patrick Tumulty — and where they’d be without it.