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In a good way.

When I left Washington state two years ago, my catastrophic health plan cost ~$700/mo. Since it was catastrophic, in practice I paid for my medical care and prescriptions out-of-pocket.

Because of the vagaries of bargaining power (I had none, employer plans have a lot) and tax law (I couldn't take deductions, employers can), my hidden costs were high because the uninsured and self-insured wind up subsidizing employer plans. (Which is why the tax on Cadillac plans is good policy, but that's for another diary).

I just finished going through the Exchange offerings for Washington state. Before the tax credit, the average price of a Gold plan is $635/mo. So, before taxes, a Gold plan under Obamacare is $65/mo less than a pre-ACA catastrophic plan. If I still lived in Seattle, I'd be high-fiving the driver of every car stuck on the 520 bridge.

By what twisted construction of Republican pretzel logic would this be bad for me? I'd like to hear it, if only for the laughs.

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