What are your personal concerns going forward?This is probably the single worst way to deal with the issue of “affordability.” Instead of providing everyone with affordable, quality health insurance, her solution is to provide people with affordable, high deductible, worthless junk insurance.
I’m still struggling with affordability. The Congressional Budget Office has produced charts showing that the American people will achieve savings, but we have to make sure that is the case. Just thinking out loud here, maybe you make the “young invincible plans” more available to people, or bring down the bronze plans to 60 percent [of expected actuarial value].
In the aggregate this will not make health care more affordable on average for Americans. It will just allow people to pay less in premiums. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will still be driven into medical bankruptcy because the “insurance” they have does not fully cover their medical needs. Regular people can't afford the roughly $12,000 yearly in-network out of pocket cap they'll have to pay if they had a serious medical problem. This is the kind of “solution” that will hit the people who most need help.
What Snowe does not want is universal health care; she simply wants to cheaply provide people something labeled “health insurance.” Letting people buy “insurance” that still does not protect them from finance ruin is not just terrible policy, but also immoral. Defining down coverage until it is practically meaningless is not the solution to the problem of affordability. Real reform that actually drives down cost (like drug re-importation, high minimum medical loss ratios, or a robust public option) is how to really help people, not just pretend you did.