William Mann of Pittsburgh earns just enough to get by. He is 46, doesn’t own a car, hasn’t taken a vacation in three years and hasn’t had health insurance for most of his adult life.NOW THEY TELL US!??!?!?!
He is just the kind of person who should benefit from the health care overhaul, and he is, in fact, eligible for heavily subsidized insurance that will cost him an estimated $1,845 a year, while the government contributes about $2,756.
But Mr. Mann says he still can’t afford it. He lives too close to the edge, and won’t be buying insurance, even though he will face a fine under a provision called the individual mandate, which penalizes most Americans who don’t buy coverage starting in 2014. The requirement is one of the most controversial aspects of the overhaul.
“I just can’t put that kind of money out for a ‘maybe’ — maybe I’ll get sick and use it,” said Mr. Mann, who makes just over $25,000 a year as an administrative assistant at a small wine distribution company. “That’s a lot of money.”
“The people who make all these decisions don’t live like the way I do,” Mr. Mann added, echoing other uninsured people in his income group. “They don’t live like the rest of us.”
WELL, ER ... UM. IN ALL FAIRNESS: THE NYTIMES IS PROBABLY JUST FINDING THIS OUT, TOO: THEY PROBABLY DIDN'T READ THE BILL EITHER!!!!!!!
OBAMACARE IS AWFUL.
MAYBE THE WORST PIECE OF LEGISLATION EVER PASSED.
REPEAL AND REPLACE THE BILL - AND THE DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS!