By now, everyone has heard Dianne Barrette’s sob story about how Obummer lied to her–how she was losing her “affordable” coverage…how Obamacare was continuing to wreak havoc on everyday Americans as their insurance plans were ripped from their tightly clenched fists. CBS, of course, took Dianne’s story at face value, leading to a right wing rage-storm and blog-gasm over the “news.” Finally! Definitive proof that Obamacare is destroying America had finally surfaced. It was a glorious day for those who wanted nothing more than for Obama to fail!
…But then Greta Van Susteren happened. Greta, apparently having fallen asleep while her house was being fumigated, did some actual research about Ms. Barrette’s plan and found that Dianne barely had any insurance at all! Rather than yoke the information to a rocket and fly it to the farthest planet it would reach, as is FOX’s normal modus operandi, Greta did the unthinkable — she shared then information with FOX’s audience — and *GASP* Dianne Barrette herself.
Just to review, Ms. Barrette is a 57-year-old realtor who had an “amazing” $54 per month health plan from FloridaBlue. She makes $30,000 per year, and was distraught when she received a notice that her “affordable” plan was going to be canceled after December. She received a new quote of $591 per month. Rather than check into what subsidies she could obtain and get all the facts, Ms. Barrette took to the Right Wing outrage machine instead. This led to a series of appearances on various news programs, and Dianne Barrette becoming the iconic Obamacare “cancellation victim.”
Greta Van Susteren Practices a Random Act of Journalism
Greta Van Susteren went over the details of Ms. Barrette’s “wonderful” plan with her. Dianne pays $107 out of pocket each time she visits the doctor. Her plan pays up to $15 per prescription, and no hospital coverage aside from outpatient procedures. Greta, still apparently woozy from the fumigation debacle, pointed out that Dianne’s plan was awful, and actually suggested she look into other options–she failed to mention subsidies, but this was FOX after all.
NewRepublic took a look at the plans available to Ms. Barrette, and concluded that the cheapest plan she could find, after subsidies, for just $50 per month more than she currently pays. This plan covers wellness visits for free, as required by the affordable Care Act–unfortunately, though, it doesn’t pay for much of anything until $6250 in out of pocket expenses have been met.
If Ms. Barrett were, however, to opt for a $150 per month plan offered by FloridaBlue, she could have free vision care, free clinical lab work, a competitive drug plan, and a lower co-pay on primary care visits.
NewRepublic presented Barrette with the options she would have available to her. After hearing the benefits, she seemed interested. She says she is no longer worried about losing her plan, and wants to look into what options are available. “Maybe,” she said, “it’s a blessing in disguise.” When asked if she would be interested in the new options presented, she said:
“I would jump at it.”
Watch the Original CBS Clip Below: