Today marks the 2nd anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Health Care Act by President Obama. All of the GOP presidential candidates have vowed to kill it on their first day in office. Right-wingers are whetting their knives, ready to head to DC to help in a public ritual dismemberment of the law. They do love red meat! The saddest part about this fictional scenario is that all of them benefit from the law. They’d rather diminish their economic future because of blind adherence to ideology. This ideological group has been detailed in Thomas Frank’s book, What’s the Matter with Kansas?
The anti-law mania is amazing and amazingly idiotic. As I wrote in an earlier post, my experience in phoning voters last week on this topic opened my eyes to the low [and incorrect] information in the heads of The People. The Obama Administration is a fault for not clearly explaining the law to the citizens. The Obama reelection team must spend some of its millions of dollars on TV spots which tout the accomplishment of this law.
Here’s what is found on the Health Care and You website:
- Young adults can now stay on their parent’s health plan up to age 26.
- Some small businesses with fewer than 25 employees can get help paying for the cost of providing health insurance.
- Insurance companies can’t deny health coverage to kids with pre-existing conditions.
- Adults who have been uninsured for at least 6 months and have been denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition may now get coverage.
- Insurance companies can’t place dollar limits on the health care they cover in your lifetime.
- Those in the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” get a 50 percent discount on name-brand prescription drugs and a 7 percent discount on generic prescription drugs.
- Those in Medicare can get preventive services and screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, at no cost to them.
- New health plans must offer preventive and screening services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, at no cost to the patient.
I, myself, could put together a series of TV spots touting each of these benefits quite easily; surely the Obama team could and should do it so that the voters get the truth about this law. By the way, can you imagine one of the October presidential debates: President Obama turns to his opponent and says, “Which part of the Affordable Care Act would you repeal first? The coverage for pre-existing conditions for your children or preventive screenings for mammograms and colonoscopies?”
During my phone calling, and during my next session to be repeated this Sunday, I will hear people on the other end telling me that they don’t like ‘Obamacare.’ And, when I ask them why, they will repeat some propaganda that they heard, some nonsense about taking away their freedom. Their freedom? Their freedom to be at the mercy of their insurance company?
I don’t expect to change their minds- they are fixed upon some ideology which blocks any attempt at reasoning. What I do hope to accomplish is to inform those who do answer the phone of the 8 benefits above. At least at the end of the conversation the citizen will have added to their knowledge and will be better able to make an informed decision in the polling booth in November.