Obamacare truths. It’s about time Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd and Meet The Press finally came clean on Obamacare albeit less stinging to Republican failures as it should have been. He started the piece noting that the Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, could severely damage the law.
Last week I wrote the piece “Stop rewarding Obamacare political malpractice by ensuring this truth is widely disseminated” where I said the following.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was in Washington recently. Virtually every potential candidate spoke out against Obamacare. Ted Cruz called it a train wreck. Maybe he was thinking about the healthcare train wreck in Texas. After-all, by refusing to take back $100 billion dollars in Texas taxpayer dollars from the federal government in the form of the Medicaid Expansion to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), over one million Texans remain uninsured. This political malpractice will kill millions of Texans.
The traditional mainstream media simply reported Ted Cruz’s statement. No context was provided. He said this in the same week Gallup reported that in fact Obamacare is not a train wreck but a policy that is actually reducing the uninsured rate.
Well Chuck Todd did his job this morning, well mostly did his job. The recent Gallup data simply confirms what was known and what should have been reported ad nauseam while Republicans continued using the media to lie to their constituents.
Chuck Todd pointed out the fact that Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) is dramatically lowering the uninsured rate throughout the country. He pointed out that the states with the biggest drop in uninsured rates were in fact two of the poorer states in the nation with Democratic governors who accepted the Medicaid Expansion to Obamacare. He pointed out that the only state that showed an increase in the uninsured rate was Kansas, a state controlled almost entirely by Republicans and a state that refused to take the Medicaid expansion to Obamacare.
Chuck Todd failed to mention that Obamacare Marketplace is making health insurance in the aggregate more affordable. He also failed to mention that in fact Obamacare is bending the cost curve more and faster than expected.
While Republican politicians continue to dig their heals in, progressive policies are helping many of their constituents. It is important that this message gets to them in an unbiased manner. Let them see who is really looking out for them.