Marin County is enthusiastically Progressive. In 2008, Barack Obama got 78% of Marin County’s votes. in 2012, his popularity slipped only slightly, to 74%. (Funnily enough, up until 1984, Marin was predominantly Republican. By 1984, the county was split equally, and as of 1988, it’s been reliably Left ever since.)
Part of being enthusiastically Progressive, of course, meant that Marin County went all-in for Obamacare and its state version, Covered California. Since 2009, with the exception of my small cadre of conservative friends in Marin, everyone else I know has supported it all the way. And if the bumper stickers I see around are anything to go by, those I don’t know supported it just as enthusiastically.
For those reasons, perhaps you’ll pardon the unseemly schadenfreude I felt when I read this article in the Marin Independent Journal:
Marin residents who have recently signed up for Anthem Blue Cross health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act may have to travel outside the county for medical specialty care.
Kelley Eling of San Rafael said she recently swapped her Blue Shield coverage, which cost her $916 a month with a large deductible, for a gold plan offered by Anthem Blue Cross through California’s new health insurance exchange, Covered California. Eling said she pays just $250 a month for the Blue Cross plan. There is just one problem. Eling said she needs to see a gastroenterologist, and she can’t find one in Marin who is part of Blue Cross’ physician network.
(Read the rest here.)
I have enough decency to feel sorry for each individual suffering from the way in which Obamacare has (quite predictably) destroyed America’s highly functioning healthcare system, even if that individual was dumb enough to support Obamacare. I also feel deep empathy for those few in Marin who had the wisdom to oppose Obamacare, but were nevertheless screwed by an uninformed, credulous and, it must be said, defrauded population. Nevertheless, looking at the matter from a distance, without taking into consideration individual dislocation, this serves Marinites right. Maybe it’s time they start re-thinking that 1988 switch in political party allegiances.