Unless your rock is quite large, you have heard of Obamacare by now, but, if you are like every single American out there, you most likely believe something incorrect about it. We all do it, ignorance is a truly bipartisan quality. Why don’t we take the time to look at some of the popular myths that surround the most infamous bill of the last few years.
As much as Fox-itarians will press this point it is not actually called Obamacare. The bill is actually called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” This is really the lamest of the myths to debunk, because it does not affect the implementation of the bill in anyway. This is only a point of contention for some because many on the right use it as a pejorative.
Let’s just get this straight, this law is about as popular as getting jock itch on your prom night. According to a Gallup poll conducted January 31-Feburary 1, 2014, the PPACA has a 41% approval and a 51% disapproval rating. According to the same poll this could be due to the fact that it has not directly impacted individuals and their families yet.
But, most Americans do not want to the law fully repealed, they do want it changed though. A December 2013 Gallup poll breaks down as follows:
It isn’t pretty, but it certainly is not a mandate for repealing the law either. Only 32% are in favor of a full repeal, but 57% are in favor of keeping the law, and 20% of that is in favor of expanding it.
This one is only partially true, but it is only true for the high risk pools. “The federal government will operate these [high risk] pools or hire a not-for-profit organization to run them in any state that does not want to do so.” (managedcare.com, 2010)
These pools are basically bundles of all of the previously “uninsurable” people. The thinking is that these people, who are at a higher risk of illness, would drive up the cost of insurance if they were part of the general, insured population. This site here details high risk pools pretty extensively.
In a nut shell, the PPACA regulates the existing market and expands existing government programs (Medicaid/Medicare), as well as, helps facilitate the creation of high risk pools.
Yep, patently untrue. The Canadian company, CGI, was hired by the US government, and they are are going to be paid over 600 million dollars, but most of it is for work that was done BEFORE the PPACA was even signed into law.
In the American political discourse it means the following,
“The term “epistemic closure” has been used in US political debate to refer to the claim that the belief systems of political conservatives are closed systems of deduction, which cannot be affected by empirical evidence. This use of the term…[means]… an extreme form of confirmation bias.”
Basically, some crazy blogger (there are plenty of us) says some crazy stuff, then a mildly less crazy person picks it up and repeats it. This goes on until it reaches news media, and they in turn feedback the info to the crazy bloggers who started this. A closed system.
This is by far not an exhaustive list, there are so many other myths out there that the PPACA mythos is in line to surpass that of H.P. Lovecraft, and in conservative circles it is by far scarier.
The fact of the matter is that all people getting health insurance is a good thing, and if everyone gets it, insurance prices will go down for everyone.
What I don’t understand is the conservative resistance to a bill that will ultimately promote more free market economics, and insure everyone. Maybe someone can explain that at some point. And as an added bonus no has to choose between being buried under debt or death. That’s a good thing… unless you benefit from people being forced to make that choice… think about it.