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Dave Ross
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Dave Ross thinks once people manage to hack their way through the website, many of them are finding an affordable policy that covers just about everything and can't be taken away just because they get sick. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, File)

A backlash to the backlash

I'm starting to see more news stories documenting a strange phenomenon - positive Obamacare anecdotes.

It seems to be a backlash to the backlash.

For example, on CNN, "Today Kate and Justin Leeper aren't insured. Come January 1st, that will change."

And what followed was a story about a woman who changed jobs and lost her insurance, and her husband, who has a pre-existing condition that no doctor has been able to diagnose. They went to California's health care website and not only did the website not crash it hooked them up with an affordable policy.

"What's it going to cost you?" asked the reporter.

"About $500 less than that," she responded. "For both of us."

Then, in the LA Times, there was the story of a married gay couple who had been paying more than $1,300 a month but again on the California website, even though they had pre-existing conditions, they found a plan that will cost them, after the subsidy, $142 a month.

So what does this tell us, besides move to California?

I don't think it's due to a sudden re-infatuation with the president, judging from his poll numbers.

I think it may just be that once people manage to hack their way through the website, many of them are finding an affordable policy that covers just about everything and can't be taken away just because they get sick.

There are millions of people who are angry after filling out the same application 40 times. But there's a reason they keep trying. Because once they survive the hazing and get that policy, they'll have that little card that no one can take away.

Dave Ross, KIRO Radio Morning News Anchor
Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.
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