As the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces finally open for business, opponents of health reform are getting desperate.
Take, for example, the 21-hour circus sideshow fake filibuster by Texas Republican Ted Cruz in the Senate.
Take the willingness of Republicans to take down the entire government in a desperate last-ditch effort to kill the law.
Look at the TV ads with the frightening Uncle Sam head popping up behind a doctor’s examining table.
In the last week, my son read stories about how Georgia will be the most expensive state in the county to buy insurance. I did some reading on my own and found the numbers in the story were NOT the average prices but the worst-case scenario — you know, someone my age who would not be eligible for assistance.
In fact, Georgia is not the most expensive, it’s the middle of the the pack, and if you make less than four times the federal poverty level (about $46,000 for an individual, $60,000 for a couple and $93,000 for a family of four), you will get help paying for your premiums.
Then yesterday, I heard North Carolina will be the most expensive. Look at the graphic here. It’s in the middle of the pack too, along with California and New York. I’ll bet they have similar misinformation campaigns in every state.
In all, prices are about 16 percent below what was first predicted. Granted, it’s not cheap, but for most people, it will be affordable. The hysterics are nothing more than lies perpetrated by the very people who want the law gone. These are the people who are going around telling young adults to “burn your Obamacare draft card.”
I suppose people could do that if there were an Obamacare draft card, but there isn’t.
Those creepy Uncle Sam head TV ads also are lies. You will buy your insurance from a private company and you will see your own doctor.
Your insurance company can no longer deny necessary treatment, thanks to the law.
They can’t charge you a co-pay for annual physicals, cancer and other screenings or immunizations, thanks to the law.
They can’t put annual or lifetime caps on coverage.
They can’t throw you to the curb if you get sick.
They have to pay out 80 to 85 percent of what they collect in premiums on direct services.
And they don’t like all this regulation because it cuts into their obscene profits.
Because of all the money spent to spread the misinformation, 70 percent of the people who are eligible for help in paying for their premiums don’t know it. More than one-third of Americans think the law was repealed.
The truth is the Republicans in the House of Representatives have voted 41 times to repeal the law, but have failed to get it done, thank God.
The truth is that 45,000 Americans died in this country every year from lack of access to care before the Affordable Care Act, and thousands will continue to die because of GOP-led efforts to deny Medicaid expansion.
These are not pro-life people, no matter what they say. I have had some argue that point with me, but the truth is that if you want to deny people access to life-saving care, if you lie to convince people not to take advantage of access to care, you are not pro-life, no matter how much you love unborn babies.