On the rest, I already posted my anecdotal but massive savings. My mother's policies previously were near a grand a month. So I was forced to do ghetto care through the emergency room and then talk down the bills. I cannot afford 12,000 a year with deductibles and caps. Obviously. Still the ghetto route has cost me thousands. I am happy that with her income, I can plan to pay 196 bucks a year and still afford a supplemental plan to cover the gap. I just hope I can get a plan that will work this year and convert to medicare gap next year when she shifts at 65.
Regardless I WANT people like Jack to go look and be surprised with what they find. WHY? Because if we just play partisan stupid for the next year then a good majority of healthy, uninsured right siders will stay off the plan. If they do then it is destined to fail because the cost works IF many join, NOT if many just pay the fine.
Now the fine increases to substantially past the cost of insurance in two years BUT as the insurance companies post record losses and the Health Department posts abysmal sign up rates and skyrocketing costs to the taxpayer, then the right will have massive talking points for 2014. It is a PR battle like no other. WHich is why Obama kept his campaign team together. We have to get word out or it dies.