Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus recently boasted that come the 2014 elections: [we’re] going to tattoo Obamacare on Democrats’ foreheads and beat them with it.” Here’s a story he didn’t boast about. I have a friend named Roz. She is self-employed and must buy her health insurance on the open market. In 2000, Roz was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because she now has a “pre-existing” condition, her premiums max out every year. On Dec. 1 those premiums will reach $2,300 a month.
Last week my friend Roz signed up for health insurance through MNsure. On Jan. 1, her premiums will be under $500 a month. I share this story hoping that our Profiles in Panic local Democrats will tattoo a picture of Roz on their foreheads and stand with, rather than run away from, Roz and thousands of Minnesotans who will benefit from the Affordable Care Act.
I also hope that other equally timid Democratic officials — including the one who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — will tattoo on their foreheads images of millions of Americans around the country who will for the first time in their lives have access to quality, affordable health care. Like my friend Roz, they too will have the comfort of knowing that if and when they or a loved one get sick, they will not lose their health care, their life savings and perhaps most important of all, their dignity.
That’s the real, and much needed, story we should boast about.
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