It seems like such an odd goal to want to achieve -LET’S BLOCK 25 MILLION AMERICANS FROM GETTING AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE! It seems like such an odd thing to loathe- YEAH, SCREW THOSE SICK BASTARDS!
Sadly, that is the goal of most republican politicians these days.
However, we cannot ignore the fact that the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) is just not that popular at the moment. In most polls, confusion is cited as the biggest reason why.
But why are we so confused?
Could it be because there are kazillions and kazillions of dollars flooding the media specifically meant TO confuse us?
Check out these ridiculous Koch Brother funded Anti-Obamacare Commercials.
If you are a republican, I’m asking you to do some soul searching regarding your party and those who fund and lead it. Because when I watch these ads, I see a party not treating their members as intelligent, thoughtful adults, but instead as overly emotional and easily confused buffoons.
Side Note: I find it ironic that those who support a forced transvaginal bill would create ads like these.
Could it be that President Obama has done a horrendously awful job at explaining ObamaCare?
Yes. President Obama’s name is all over this law (literally) and he really needs to learn how to sell it properly. This is a huge problem that needs to be addressed moving forward. Because when there are hiccups in the program (and there will be hiccups), he’s going to need to explain it to the public.
Could it be the laziness of the local media reporting on ObamaCare?
TMJ News 4 reported a few days ago that Badger Care members will be forced to buy new health insurance on the Market Place and that 92,000 people are being dropped from BadgerCare all because of Obamacare. Actually, that’s not really true. It’s because Governor Scott Walker decided to reject federal money for the Medicaid expansion.
Locally, we need to put pressure on our State media to assure they are giving an honest depiction of the law, what it does and its consequences (good or bad).
Could it be the national news media worried about being called “liberal” when correcting inaccuracies?
I almost had a heart attack twice on Sunday. Once during the Packer game and the other while watching “Meet the Press”.
Host David Gregory had a congressional round table discussing the imminent government shutdown looming if ObamaCare is not defunded. At one moment, Gregory pushed back on a Republican politician stating:
“We’ve done some checking on this as well. Even the issue of premiums. They have gone up in some States, but they’re coming down in other states if they have exchanges. You know full well it depends on who the governor is.”
I was so happy to hear a major news host finally say what the data is actually showing, but unfortunately, Gregory walked back from that statement almost immediately stating there isn’t a fact pattern when it comes to Obamacare.
Actually yes there is Mr. Gregory. You just said it. The fact pattern is this: “Insurance Premiums will go down considerably in your State if your Governor and State politicians implement ObamaCare the way it was designed to, with the State running and supporting the program. “
And then of course, this happened as well.
Could it be on you?
While all of this is confusing, ultimately the burden is on each of us to learn the truth. I’m asking everyone that reads this article to make an effort to learn about ObamaCare in a calm, non-ideological way. After all, if this works, 25 million more Americans will have health insurance. I would think that is a good thing for this country.
In two sentences, what exactly is the Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare?
Basically, if you feel you are paying too much for your health insurance or if you don’t have insurance at all, you can apply through the “Marketplace” to get, hopefully, cheaper insurance based on your income or your family’s income.
Of course there are other aspects to it, like kids being able to stay on their parents insurance until 26 and insurance companies not being able to turn anyone down for pre-existing conditions, but basically that is the idea.
Is ObamaCare the fiscally responsible thing to do?
Absolutely. From an economic stance, health care needed to be addressed since that is such a huge part of our country’s deficit. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts ObamaCare will cut the deficit $10 billion in the first ten years. Of course, it will cut it even more once we don’t have to deal with the start-up costs.
Is ObamaCare perfect?
ObamaCare is in no way perfect. It’s a massive new federal program that will inevitably have some issues. So Democrats and those who support ObamaCare should not ignore, politicize or gloss over any major bumps in the road that may occur during the implementation. Issues need to be addressed ASAP!
What is the right thing to do for this country?
I personally believe health care is a right and not a privilege. Whether an American dies from not catching cancer in time or because a maniac flew a plane into a building, we should try to prevent both those things from happening.
Currently, we are the only industrialized country that doesn’t support universal health care and that’s sad to me.
So the question is this…
Why NOT give ObamaCare a shot?
Perhaps the reason why Republican politicians are fighting ObamaCare this hard is because they’re afraid that it actually is going to work. While I understand that politically, that’s not a good enough reason to prevent millions of Americans from dying due to undiagnosed illnesses. It just isn’t.
What do you Blogging Bluers think of ObamaCare?
I’m interested…please comment below.