I try to be fairly neutral about the ultimate success or failure of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) because, first, what do I know? I’m just a reporter.
Second, even if I did know what would happen with PPACA, why would anyone believe me? If I had great psychic powers, I’d be living on a tropical island drinking ice lattes marked with little foam A’s by my personal barista, not banging out columns on deadline.
Third, the truth is that I’m madly in love with anyone I call who calls me back and gives me clear, interesting quotes. I’m not really (really) all that opinionated one way or the other about the future of PPACA; I am deliriously in favor of one-syllable nouns and active verbs.
But, I’ll say this: It makes me nervous to see that the Republican party seems to be becoming the party in charge of pointing out that Medicaid is underfunded and has serious provider access problems, and that suddenly downsizing a federal “risk pool” health insurance program for people with serious health problems is means.
It also makes me nervous to see the kinds of consumer groups and publications — example: The New York Times — that normally would favor the heaping of every possible education and continuing education requirement on anyone selling anything suddenly opposing PPACA exchange plan enroller certification or licensing requirements.