The Affordable Healthcare Act, AKA “Obamacare”, like many Democratic endorsed legislative acts, has been broadly distorted by their Republican counterparts in effort to diminish its appeal. The misinformation campaign on this and many other initiatives is disturbing and thus necessitates that those who have a real interest in what our politicians are doing, to do their own due diligence.
The Republican hostility towards the act is befuddling and shameful. It can be interpreted that this is a result of either their ignorance, greediness or both. With a broader access to media outlets the Republican Party has been successful in many attempts to kill bills, through their misinformation campaigns. In this case, it has never been more apparent. Polling shows that when people understand what each component of the act entails, they are more than 50 percent more likely to favor the Affordable Healthcare Act.
It is no wonder that their concerted effort to keep people in the dark concerning the bills true facts has kept support of healthcare reform marginal at best. It is no secret that their agenda is to oust Obama at all costs, even if it means disparaging legislation that they once favored; such as the jobs bill proposed by the President. This strategy has become their one and only tactic as legislatures; of which there are numerous other illustrations. It has drawn appropriate comparisons to the 1948 so-called “do nothing congress” that as a campaign theme catapulted Truman into the White House. The Republicans showing no intellectual honesty or morality for that matter have told the following whoppers about“Obamacare”:
1. Health care reform will raise your taxes
2. Health care reform would add $1 trillion-plus to deficit
3. Health care reform will impose rationing
4. Health care reform provides for euthanasia, “death panel”
5. Health care reform would tax all small businesses
6. Health care reform would ban private individual insurance
7. Obama is pushing a system like the U.K. and Canada
8. Obama, Dems pushing “socialized medicine”
9. Government can’t run a health care program
Unfortunately, many of the constituency believes these GOP talking points, failing to do their own research to determine its veracity. People one would hope would prefer making judgments based not on mythology, but on reality. Obamacare in actuality will offer many benefits to the average citizen, including but not limited to the following:
1. Insurance companies will no longer be allowed to limit the care one need.
- They will no longer be able to impose pre-existing condition exclusions on children
- Bans insurers from setting lifetime limits on coverage; restricting use of annual limits on coverage.
- Remove insurance company barriers between patient and doctor.
- Reduction in prescription drug costs
- Reviews Insurers’ Premium Increases, before allowing them to take place
- Keeps Young Adults Covered.
- children under 26 will be allowed to stay on their parent’s family policy
- Provides Affordable Coverage to Americans without Insurance due to Pre-existing Conditions:
- No Arbitrary Rescissions of Insurance Coverage.
- No Lifetime Limits on Coverage
- Restricted Annual Dollar Limits on Coverage.
- Protecting Your Choice of Doctors.
- Removing Insurance Company Barriers to Emergency Department Services.
Besides these benefits resulting from ”Obamacare”, there are many “hidden” one’s as well such as the estimated savings through the reduction of uncompensated care by up to $1 billion in 2013.
Like any legislation, it should be analyzed based on truths, not distortions and lies. If one is against universal health care, for denial based on pre-existing conditions, increasing the budget deficit, allowing insurance companies to raise premiums without constraints, higher prescription drug costs, having young adults walking around without insurance, limits on life-time coverage, and many other benefits derived from the Affordable Healthcare Act, then by all means be against it. Just understand what you are against.