I learned something!
Spokane's NPR station presented a two-hour public forum on Romneycare. This was a 'year-after' followup of an earlier forum when Romneycare began. Podcast of the first hour, Podcast of the second hour.
First hour was a discussion among several satans who are profiting
from Romneycare, including the atrocious monster Kreidler. Predictably, these grotesqueries sang the praises of Romneycare. Our Lord And Saviour The Affordable Care Act Of Two Thousand And Ten hath Redeemed us all from a miserable life of Lousy medical care and Lousy health insurance. It's all butterflies and roses in Romneycare Nirvana!
Second hour was much more informative. Audience members tore the cheerleaders up one side and down the other. And these weren't the regular crowd of partisan talking-point-readers. These were serious 'stakeholders' who spoke from painful experience with all aspects of Romneycare.
Two insurance agents stirred my sympathy and taught me something. I had stupidly ass-u-me-d that agents were sharing in the obscene profits of the insurance companies. NOT SO. Agents live on reputation above all. They make money when clients and claimants are generally satisfied with service and fairness. Romneycare is depriving them of the ability to satisfy anyone. The agents told detailed stories of Kafkan labyrinths leading nowhere, leaving their clients uninsured but not knowing
that they were uninsured.
Two doctors told similar stories. One of them ended with "You had better watch out. You have pissed off the medical profession."
Several consumers told stories that I already know.
I didn't need to learn anything in that department.