The opening of the health care exchanges has made one point increasingly clear: The Affordable Care Act is a misnomer. Accessible? Yes. People who weren't able to buy health insurance because of a pre-existing medical condition now will be able to do so.
But affordable? Not for many people who can barely stretch their paychecks far enough to cover their basic needs.
For instance, a 50-year-old preschool teacher who makes $30,000 a year and lives in Belleville probably can't afford this health care insurance. She would have to pay $144 a month for a bronze plan or $249 a month for a silver plan, according to an analysis conducted for The Associated Press. Where's she going to get that money?
Health insurance will remain out of reach for many people. To make matters worse, the government now will fine them for not being able to afford it.