Texas Republican Opposed Obamacare Until She Really Needed It – Now She’s Thankful

Winston Churchill famously said “If you’re not a liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative at 40, you have no brain.”

Churchill was clearly not speaking of today’s American conservatives, who celebrate taking the last morsel of food from a baby’s mouth if there’s a chance the mother has taken a hit off of a joint. Churchill was not fan of the worker but even he would have likely seen the injustice in the fact that the Walmart CEO makes about 8,000 times his average worker and as far as healthcare, Churchill famously said:

The discoveries of healing science must be the inheritance of all . . . . Disease must be attacked whether it occurs in the poorest or the richest man or woman, simply on the ground that it is the enemy . . . . Our policy is to create a national health service, in order to secure that everybody in the country, irrespective of means, age, sex, or occupation, shall have equal opportunities to benefit from the best and most up-to-date medical and allied services available.

The conservative with a brain, Winston Churchill, would likely have thought Obamacare didn’t go far enough if he were alive today. But that’s not the attitude of modern conservatives, who believe that healthcare is a privilege and that Obamacare is the fast track to socialism. Erin Meredith was one of those Conservatives – that is, until she needed health insurance. Now, she loves it:

Image courtesy of PBS.

Image courtesy of PBS.

If plaintiffs have their way, Meredith will be losing her healthcare soon.

In King V. Burwell, the Supreme Court is hearing arguments that offering federal subsidies to people who live in states that don’t have their own exchanges (34 states) is against the law based on a technicality.

The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell insist that people who buy coverage on the federal exchange are not entitled to subsidies, noting that the law says financial help is available for those who enroll through exchanges “established by the State.” The Obama administration argues that Congress clearly intended to help everyone who qualifies for it. The oral arguments are scheduled for March 4.

Source: Washington Post

Texas is one of those states and even if it weren’t, it might not matter that much. If the Supreme Court overturns the subsidies, it will pull millions of healthy people out of the risk pool and raise costs for everyone, potentially unraveling the entire law. There are several things that can be done to fix it, but most would require Congress and the only way they’ll lend a hand to help fix Obamacare is if more Erin Merediths come forward with their stories.

Featured image courtesy of the News Tribune.