I suppose I could get out my tattered Roget’s Thesaurus to find a synonym for the word ignorant. I realize that I use this word often in my posts and comments as I refer to what I see as a gross lack of knowledge and interest in the governance of our nation. The word could refer to both a lack of capacity or a willful denial of facts; I most often refer to the latter.
This was brought home to me again within the past 12 hours. I attended a meeting yesterday sponsored by the organization, Get Covered America. We were training for a public event this weekend and, during the session, we were cautioned about public reaction to our mission. We were told that we may run into people who dislike the president so intently that they will argue the validity of the Affordable Care Law with us. You know who they would be, of course. By the way, Get Covered America is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which neither promotes the law nor works to repeal it.
The thrust of Get Covered America is not to debate or judge the ACL but rather to inform The People what the law requires and offers. It is law, no matter what one’s personal or political beliefs are. Open enrollment begins in 3 weeks, yet millions of Americans are unaware of this or, in some cases, choose to ignore that fact. Get Covered America focusses on the unawareness aspect. According to Get Covered America, there are 40 million Americans living without insurance mainly because they cannot afford it. The Affordable Care Law, beginning in January 2014, offers these people [and those with crappy insurance] an opportunity to purchase from the marketplace decent, low-cost insurance. Many can receive assistance in purchasing this insurance.
The point is, many Americans don’t know this. I fault the Obama Administration for not presenting clear-cut facts regarding this law. Surely there are funds accompanying the law for public service messages. Where are they?
This AM I received an email from a friend who was present outside of the Toledo Mud Hens stadium last week. She was working for Get Covered America, offering information about the new mandates. She told me that the crowd was ‘cold and hostile.’ One woman remarked, “I didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act was already voted and passed and I was surprised when watching tv to see that it had been.” Maybe she was confused by the 40 House votes to defund it. Another woman ” who looked at the paper said she already knew that she didn’t like it.” The volunteer said in the email, “I directed her to at least look up the website given and her response was that the only source of information she trusts is the Heritage Foundation.” Well, well, imagine that.
Tomorrow is my turn. Gosh, who will I meet and what ‘discussions’ will I report to you when I return home?