Obamacare is bad. The President's a liar. The president's healthcare plan is a "trainwreck." No hope for Obamacare, it's socialized medicine. Here come the death panels. Children soon will be dying in the thousands. "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.
"N-word," please! And before you go ballistic, I'm talking NEWSPEOPLE when I use the "N" word.
All I'm hearing on the various news reporting outlets, radio or TV, cable or network, is about the failure of the rollout of Obamacare or the numbers of people being tossed off of their plans.
"Obama promised I could keep my plan if I liked it!"
"He lied. My plan got cancelled and the new one went from $102/month to $452/month."
"Obama should be impeached."
"The plan (actually a law) is anti-American. Eighty percent of America is against it."
Now hold your horses, cowboys and cowgirls. Let's just let the horses rest for a moment and and think this through before the posse stings up an innocent man.
What the news organizations and the talking heads have been doing is sensationalism and focusing on the bad stuff. And there's plenty of that to fill a decade of Sundays. But in their zeal, these talking heads and Republican obstructionists are trying to run the table. They're focusing on one part, the technical part, more than anything else.
And the website has been a disaster. Truthfully, that's a huge strike against the people responsible. But put the blame where it belongs. If your iPhone drops a call, you don't go after the head of Apple? If your computer freezes while you do a Google search, you don't go after Google. Shit happens. An the thing to do is complain -- and the company will fix it. Hell, I'm constantly getting updates with patches for glitches in programs I've installed on my computer. Ever wonder why there's a version 2.0 or 3.5 to something you've downloaded? How about all those "updates available" messages you get when you're trying to check your email messages?
As for being dropped from programs -- nobody's being dropped from programs that qualify.
If Obamacare was a used car, or even a new one, you have assurances and reliance that the car you purchase runs and meets all safety requirements. A certified, licensed dealer can't sell you a car that doesn't meet certain state and federal standards. For instance, it has to have a catalytic converter for smog control. It has to have working head and tail lights. And let's not forget about seat belts. You can't legally sell a car without any of those items.
Carry that over to the new standards of the Affordable Care Act. If your old insurance policy didn't qualify under ACA minimum basics that were passed by congress, signed by the President and upheld by the Supreme Court, then what the insurance company had to do was eliminate that plan. So they couldn't offer it to you.
You weren't cancelled. Your old and un-qualifying policy wasn't re-offered to you because it's against the law to sell something that doesn't meet the standards. Again, this is basics, and shouldn't be that hard for people to understand. But somehow, for those "N-word" people, it's become elusive.
So then it comes down to how costly these qualified policies have become. Many of the stories of how the premiums have jumped have been debunked when scrutinized, examined for the facts. Sure, on the surface it may look like a higher rate (for a better policy, BTW) but then you have to figure in the federal subsidies you may qualify for.
Rachel Maddow, last night profiled just such a case. Now very few people will be as fortunate as this woman in Pittsburgh, but there will be others. And yes, there will be some folks who will have to dole out more than they used to -- but they will assuredly also be getting better coverage.
Here's the story. Healthcare for a family for $1.11/month? Are you sh**ing me? As it's not going to be the norm, but either are the horror stories that the "N-word" people are passing off as newsworthy.