I honestly can’t even weigh in on this debate because I’m one of the extremely fortunate souls to have access to tribal healthcare. Health insurance premiums and related expenses are something I haven’t had to consider during my adult life. My children are covered as well. I have insurance through work, because when those who are able to stay insured do so the tribal system is strengthened more and depleted less, but I would still be afforded care without it.
I don’t understand ANYTHING about Obamacare. I’ve read the law. From what I gather, it helps some people a ton and costs others a ton.
Tribal healthcare carries with it the same limitations of any socialized medical service, and it is still heads and shoulders above what I would be able to afford without it. I think people fear losing their choice in who to see, among other fears of the unknown. But I wouldn’t trade this for anything. My son had almost maxed out his million dollar lifetime health insurance benefit by the time he was 8 weeks old. Our portion alone ( 20%) would have been over $15000 if he wasn’t a beneficiary. That event alone has made anything I can’t have within the system a worthwhile (elective procedures, dental implants, etc) sacrifice. And for those things I do carry insurance. But I could live without them, if I had to.