As many American politicians running for reelection continue to downplay their involvement in the passage of the Affordable Care Act – commonly referred to as Obamacare – one Democrat in a tough reelection campaign is making his “yes” vote a staple of his campaign.
Senator Mark Pryor (D) of Arkansas created a campaign video where he touts the accomplishment
…I helped pass a law that prevents insurance companies from canceling your policy if you get sick or denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.
Now, Sen. Pryor never specifically references or mentions the law by name – which could be a way to distance himself from the bad name recognition given to it by the media while at the same time touting his role in its passage. Instead he references his support from family and his faith in God, which seems to be a popular talking point when politicians wish to divert an issue.
Nevertheless, he is one of the few politicians willing to stand behind his support and passage of the law. He is joined in the video by his father who is a former Senator and Governor of the state of Arkansas as well.
The problem boils down to a misunderstood perception of what Obamacare is. In the early days Sarah Palin and other miscreants from the radical right – known today as “republicans” – made fallacious claims about mythical death panels when in fact the law stated the exact opposite.
(ii) The proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care, raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums under section 1818, 1818A, or 1839, increase Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing (including deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments), or otherwise restrict benefits or modify eligibility criteria.
This sole misconception caused such a ridiculous uproar that it dominated the media and the conversation for months without allowing citizens to be informed of anything substantial that was actually included in the law. It could be the reason that Obamacare has a 40% approval rating.
Many Americans however suffer from a very debilitating condition commonly referred to as stupid. The countrymen who suffer from stupid typically vote in one direction and quite heartily buy into the propaganda posing as mainstream media – and the poe comedy channel known as Fox News. People are so severely misinformed about what is actually contained in the law. Often people have become the butt of jokes as they don’t even realize that the Affordable Care Act is the same thing as Obamacare.
Well now that the law has finally taken effect and people can see that the same arguments and accusations thrown against Medicare in the 1960’s are just being regurgitated into soundbites for Obamacare today.
If you don’t (stop Medicare) and I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.
-Ronald Reagan, 1961
And yet today Medicare is more popular than ever, more reliable than public options, rated higher than private policies, and despite popular opinion operates in the black. The only reason that the Medicare scare began is because conservative politicians don’t understand the structure of the program and continually run with the fallacious notion that it will run out of money within the next decade. It has been rumored to run out of money within 10 years since its inception back in the 1970’s.
I’m still twiddling my thumbs waiting for that to happen.
And it now is coming full circle as once again the conservatives rail against a government healthcare program that will ultimately be successful. Only the program in question isn’t even government healthcare – it merely creates millions of additional customers for existing healthcare providers. But with that comes the fact that these companies cannot continue to screw over the average American merely because they fall ill or succumb to a deadly condition.
Mark Pryor has seen the headlines in the future and is banking his political career on doing what he should have done all along – publicly supporting a bill and law he helped pass that was designed to help the average American find affordable healthcare. Pryor’s stand for the law comes in the mid-term elections where Republicans are expected to make big gains.
You may as well go down swinging with the truth if you’re not sure you are going to win anyways.