"This feels like a punishment," Julie Birch says, sitting down in her New Mexico home after bandaging her twelve-year-old’s bleeding leg. "The ones doing the right thing got penalized."
Birch is the mother of two athletic sons and the wife of a self-employed restaurant designer and builder. As a stay-at-home mother, the health of her family is her first priority – so health insurance was a given. Birch used to pay a $344 premium with a $1,500 deductible for her family of four’s policy.
That is, before Obamacare.
President Obama promised hundreds of typical middle-class Americans like Birch that the Affordable Care Act wouldn’t bar them from seeing their doctors or kick them off their insurance plans. They were already insured, they created jobs, and worked hard to live the American dream. This was supposed to help "the least of these" without harming "the better offs."
Paul Krugman keeps daring the conservative right to find a real Obamacare victim story – one that couldn’t be debunked by a little extra sleuthing. Well, Paul, here are three.