July 26, 2014

Sean Hannity Lie: Actually Obamacare Helps Families Featured On His Show

Obamacare Helps Families

Right Wing ideology is very dependent on a particular flaw in the thinking process of many. If one repeats something whether true or not it becomes true to many. That is what the Right Wing misinformation industrial complex does. They refuse to acknowledge that Obamacare helps families.

What is astounding is their disregard for the intelligence of their followers. On the Sean Hannity show they marched out three families. These families were supposedly hurt by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It turns out that after all, Obamacare helps families. Eric Stern, previous senior counsel to former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer debunked the fallacy in no time.

It is easy to prove Obamacare helps families.

On the show Paul Cox of Leicester, NC claimed because of Obamacare they could not grow their construction business. Worst, he said he had to keep his employees as part timers. It turns out Cox has less than 50 employees which means Obamacare really has no effect on his business. The only requirement is he must make his employees aware of healthcare.gov. Interesting enough if he decided to give his employees health coverage, there are many small business incentives and tax credits he could use.

Allison Denijs told Hannity that Blue Cross cancelled their policy and replaced it with an Obamacare compliant policy. They are currently paying $1,100 a month with a $2,500 per member deductible. One of her children is uncovered because of a pre-existing condition that would  cost an additional $600 per month. Stern shopped the exchanges to see what it would cost her under Obamacare. It turned out instead of paying $13,000+ per year, she would now pay $7,600. Moreover it would include coverage for them all including the child with a preexisting condition.

Robbie Robinson said he was paying $800 a month ($10,000 a year) for their policy and that an ACA compliant policy would cost about 50 to 75 percent more. When Stern checked what it would really cost it turned out a comparable policy actually cost $3,700.

It turns out all three families would do better under Obamacare. The problem is they stayed within their uninformed bubble. The had  not even researched the benefits on their own.

For those who complain about cancelled policies because they were not ACA (Obamacare) compliant, they should be thankful. Many old policies had caps that one illness could wipe out. Many policies had clauses that allowed the policy to be rescinded. Most did not cover pre-existing conditions. They did not cover children up to the age of 26. They were simply useless.

Given that even the families that Sean Hannity used as poster children to Obamacare’s failure would do better, is there any doubt Obamacare helps families?

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  1. Please note grammar error “helps” not “help.”

    This issue needs attention: A friend recently had a double lung transplant–after waiting years, and has had to declare bankruptcy. NOW, she is said to no longer have systic fibrosis. She was declared non eligible for her former Blue Cross-Blue Shield. New insurance will charge her double. This is the result of the governer of Florida refusing to allow the exchanges to function in the state, and bring better opportunities.

    But the most egregious result of all of this five year effort to improve health care (?)is that PRIVATE enterprise controls the health care system, by insuring citizens. There is NO relief for people except changes in pricing. It’s all capitalism. with the responsibility–perhaps modified for some. I am sure the bureaucracy in no less horrendous

    I fell recently, leaving a concussion and a sprained leg. Because I had no lacerations or broken bones, fear the system and did not go at a medical facility (ER) to sit for hours and be sent home with a bag of drugs, (I’ve had that process) I am denied access to needed home health care–even to pay for it out of pocket.
    We are at the mercy of a slave system that has no freedom of choice for the individual. As long as the profit factor is the sole motivation, nothing will change for citizens.

  2. If I may, I’d like to respectfully share my comments with this:
    The Fault, Dear Citizen, Is Not With ObamaCare – http://didyoucheckfirst.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/the-fault-dear-citizen-is-not-with-obamacare/

  3. I know that Obamacare would and probably will ‘help’ me only in the sense that it will give me something I don’t possess- a type of health insurance. But I don’t consider this ‘help.’ Why? Because it isn’t something I would have chosen for myself (Medi-cal) and isn’t done with respect (mandates insurance). It seems like the assumptions in this, is that we are all to stupid to make our own decision regarding our health. If health care is a right then let me have the right to make my own decision regarding my health and regarding my body.

    • With all due respect my dear friend your statement proves why a mandate is needed. We are a humane society and if your bad decision not to purchase healthcare even if you can afford it is left that way, I am forced to pay for any healthcare mishaps you may have. You not having insurance imposes on me. Unless we codify to let you DIE if you do not have insurance, we compromise by requiring that all have it.

      There is reality and then there is some semblance of personal freedom that actually affects others.


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