Boy, am I embarrassed. A little background is in order here.
I penned a column in last Sunday's Miner asking for some help from Organizing for America. My inspiration was a news release from Organizing for America-Arizona castigating Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (you probably know it as "ObamaCare.")
Organizing for America-Arizona's somewhat shrill response from Director Jessica Jones noted Republicans in the House are "out of step with the needs of American families and small business." I brazenly used the news release from OFA-AZ to point out that, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance was really, really expensive for my newborn grandson, and that some health insurance companies had stopped writing policies for infants only.
The bottom line for grandson Alexander's parents is a health insurance policy that would consume more than 25 percent of my daughter's take-home pay.
I don't want to get all in your face, but this is not "affordable" for people who earn livings as public school teachers - you know, the middle class.
I also pointed out that the small business I work for saw the health insurance premiums it pays to cover employees - including shiftless conservatives like me - skyrocket.
From these personal observations, not some lofty pronouncements by a politician, I have concluded the Affordable Care Act is a radioactive crap sandwich for the whole country.
There's more from OFA-AZ's Jones, who mentions that "patients could be dropped from coverage when they become sick" if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. Does anyone actually believe a health insurance company in Arizona could survive if it had a history of dumping sick policyholders, especially over the recent past few years when the most anti-business attorney general I've ever encountered was in office?
Seriously, can you even imagine a pro-business AG allowing health insurance companies to break contracts?
And can you imagine the lawyer billboards we'd have to put up with if health insurance companies broke contracts at even a fraction of what they are accused?
Jones also mentioned that repealing the Affordable Care Act would "explode the deficit by a trillion dollars." That could be a reference to a story out a few weeks ago about how the Congressional Budget Office was estimating the repeal of ObamaCare would add hundreds of billions to the deficit. This is technically true in the sense that the "Affordable" Care Act raises taxes by about $750 billion while increasing spending by about $520 billion.
One can only assume the story died out when reporters not under the influence of hallucinogens started looking at the CBO's claims and comparing them with the history of other entitlement programs.
The U.S. is already well on the way to bankruptcy thanks to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and we're supposed to believe that the Affordable Care Act will save the U.S. Treasury money? Did reputable newsgathering agencies actually buy into that? I think it's much more likely that the top three most successful health insurance companies have a combined profit smaller than what Medicare loses to fraud annually.
Maybe one of those reputable newsgathering agencies can assign a reporter to look into that.
But I digress.
In the last column, I invited Organizing for America's Jessica Jones to prove me wrong, to find a health insurance policy that would cover my grandson and cost his parents less than $200 a month. I expected an e-mail from Jones, or perhaps a message on the phone, when I came to work Monday, certain that she had been successful in finding the perfect insurance plan. What could be easier now that we have the Affordable Care Act?
But there were no phone messages, no insurance policy advice in the e-mail.
And then I looked at the fine print on the original news release, which prompted my embarrassment. It turns out Organizing for America is a project of the Democratic National Committee.
Under those circumstances, it's clear my approach was just wrong - I should have asked Jones to find someone I could demand to pay for my grandson's health insurance.
But the offer still stands for others. If anyone out there can find a health insurance policy for my grandson that is less than $200 a month - you know, "affordable" - send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.