Far Right attacks Affordable Care Act

From NBC News:

most Americans say they don't have a good grasp of what the law entails. Thirty-four percent say they don’t understand the law very well, and another 35 percent say they understand it only “some.”

Rep. Renee Ellmers is still beating the drum of how "Obamacare" will hurt US' economy and health system. She said on Twitter: "Americans by 45-23% say #Obamacare will have negative rather than positive impact on healthcare system." This is true.

However, it is obvious to anyone who has followed the polls that folks are afraid of the unknown, and they consider this reform as an unknown. Instead of trying to remedy that problem, Ellmers and her co-horts in the Republican US House are trying to create havoc among the groups trying to educate the public.

The NBC/WSJ poll results indicate 30 percent understand [the ACA] either "very well" or "pretty well."

As it turns out, that 30 percent has more positive opinions about the health-care law (42 percent good idea, 45 percent bad idea), versus the 34 percent who don't understand it very well (17 percent good idea, 44 percent bad idea).


Americans for Prosperity TV ad questions new health care law

Americans for Prosperity is spending more than $60,000 in North Carolina to run a television ad that questions the new health care law.

The ad features the mother of a young girl who has had four open heart surgeries. She worries that the law will restrict the freedom of patients to keep their doctors.

The group plans to spend $41,375 on WSOC and $20,050 at WBTV, according to Political Moneyline. Both stations operate in the Charlotte market. The AFP is running the ads in Tampa, Fla., Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.

“The average North Carolinian feels very strongly about their freedom to choose their own personal doctor,” said Chris Farr, state director of AFP in North Carolina. “For those citizens who have a serious illness affecting their loved ones, the freedom to choose a doctor becomes even more crucial. Obamacare threatens that freedom, and people are not going to sit by and quietly accept this impact on their lives.”

Another obvious attempt to confuse citizens on the effects of the Affordable Care Act and create fear. I have Blue Cross and Blue Shield coverage now, and I have networks of healthcare providers. That is how HMOs and PPOs work and have worked for years.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/09/05/3167272/dome-tv-ad-questions-new-...

Martha Brock

Argh! It's just medical insurance!

From everything I've seen, the ACA is just medical insurance from the usual medical insurance companies -- with a subsidy to help purchase it for those that qualify. Why must the Rs lie about it? It's confusing enough already.

I've signed up with http://www.getcoveredamerica.org/ to canvass in Greensboro on Saturday. I hope after the training session, I will have a better understanding of who would benefit most from the insurance exchange and how they will get access to it.

Any BlueNCers going to the kickoff in Raleigh tomorrow?

Another viewpoint on the Affordable Care Act from USA Today

Americans have had little understanding of the Affordable Care Act since it became law in 2010. With major provisions taking effect in January, half the country still does not know what the law does or what it means for them. While some of the confusion is no doubt due to the law's complexity and the highly charged political environment, a largely ignored but central factor is that people know little about the deeply flawed health insurance system that got us to this place.

The problem is that until now, it was nearly impossible for consumers to understand their health plan. Consumers received little useful or clear information enabling them to make informed decisions about their health coverage. Policyholders received confusing plan descriptions written in complicated, technical language. In addition, small differences in benefits made it difficult to distinguish one plan's coverage from another, and people looking for insurance on their own had no convenient place to compare health plans by quality or price.

read more from USA Today here. This column is authored by John R. Seffrin, who is chief executive of the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and Jim Guest, who is president and chief executive of Consumer Reports.

From my personal viewpoint as a former Insurance Underwriter and Licensed Life and Health Sales Rep. many years ago, I find their column's arguments compelling. Even with years of training, it is nearly impossible to learn what your health insurance coverage really is--until it is too late.

Martha Brock

And this is what it's come to

We're no longer subject to campaign ads only during campaigns.

Now we get crap like this from Americans for Pisspoority and crap like Deform NC's pathetic attempt to shore up Pat's ratings.

If anything, perhaps a constant barrage of lies in the form of campaign ads will numb people to them so they'll become less and less effective.

"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

You're informed - they don't care about you

The constant barrage of ads and promotional work by Americans for Prosperity is aimed at two kinds of voters.

One, of course, is the group of voters that are uninformed and, if given the correct information, would like support ACA. It's a "branding" effort on their part to portray "big government" as something to fear.

The more important voters they're trying to reach are the hardcore nut job conservatives.

There's two ways to build political movements. One is to create a coalition that might change over time and be responsive to voter needs, a model used by the Democrats. The Republicans, however, have chosen another route - try to appeal to the most consistent voters that will always support your position.

It's grounded for the most part in race and prejudice and the efforts by AFP to link the ACA with a President who happens to be Black - using the shorthand "Obamacare" and linking it personally with him.

"Taking away your choice of doctor"? Well, to me, that seems to be an attempt on their part to scare Republican hardcore voters that *gasp* they might have to see an African-American doctor. Or a female doctor. Or one that's a homosexual. Or an atheist.

The fear-mongering goes deeper than just creating confusion about what the ACA actually does. It's the same language about "choice" that was used decades ago when school desegregation and Civil Rights were about taking away your "choice" to send your kids to an all-White school or to go to a lunch counter where you wouldn't have to sit with Blacks.

Perhaps, if you run into someone buying into the Americans for Prosperity hype, you should ask them why an organization made up of people so rich they can buy any kind of health care they want - with or without the ACA - is so concerned about "choice."