Following the Supreme Court decision that affirmed the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, Mitt Romney and other Teapublicans are furious. Indeed, the Panderer-In-Chief has said he will repeal and replace “RomneyCare”…er…”ObamaCare” his first day in office.
That must be of great solace to those who are fighting our nation’s wildfires.
You see, most of these firefighters are part-time government employees, so they are ineligible for benefits, including healthcare insurance! What profit-hungry insurance company would want them? After all, they are not only susceptible to burns and falling trees, they deal with dangerous equipment such as chainsaws, axes, shovels and chemical sprayers. In addition, these firefighters inhale lots of smoke which can lead to lung disease and other long-term effects.
The insurance costs based on actuarial tables for these people must be astronomical. And since, the firefighters are paid between $25,000 and $35,000 per year, most would not be able to afford healthcare insurance if it was made available to them.
But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, in 2014 these people will be eligible for healthcare benefits. Insurance companies will not be able to charge them enormous premiums or deny coverage. And, if the firefighters are unable to afford the premiums, they will receive financial help.
ObamaCare? Yes, it would seem that President Obama is the only one who actually does care about people such as these.
UPDATE: President Obama really does care! By presidential order, the firefighters now have healthcare coverage as federal employees.