The 2014 midterms are just around the corner and hundreds of millions of dollars are being pumped into the political process. Much of that money is going towards promoting misinformation to lie to and deceive the American people about Obamacare.
FlackCheck.org, a sister company to factcheck.org, looked at some of the more prominent ads being aired in regard to the Affordable Care Act—namely those from the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity.
Most of FlackCheck’s outcomes were “misleading”: While of the situations described may be technically true, there are very few Americans that are being affected in the way the ads claim.
Have millions of people lost their health insurance plans? No.
“Americans received cancellation notices for individual market plans that no longer met the law’s requirements. Critics of the law now say millions lost their health insurance. But that’s misleading. Those individual market plans were discontinued, but policyholders weren’t denied coverage.”
“How many millions of insured Americans had plans cancelled, and how does that compare with the millions of uninsured Americans who gained coverage under the law? There is evidence that far more gained coverage than had their policies cancelled.”
Are insurance premiums really skyrocketing? No.
“Premiums for those who buy their own private insurance will go up or down, in some cases significantly, depending on individual circumstances. Employer-sponsored premiums, where most Americans have coverage, are not ‘skyrocketing,’ and neither are health care costs. In fact, the growth of both has been at historically low rates in the past few years.”
The final Americans for Prosperity deception FlackCheck.org examines is the claim of “hurting families.”
According to factcheck.org:
“The ‘hurting families’ claim has been a tagline on several Americans for Prosperity ads. It’s true that some who bought their own insurance on the individual market could end up paying more. But millions of uninsured families will gain coverage under the law, many of them through free or low-cost Medicaid or children’s health insurance program coverage. And millions of insured families will get federal subsidies to help pay for coverage.”
For good measure, FlackCheck examined a statement made by President Obama on April 1, 2014.
Have we caught up with other advanced countries on providing access to healthcare? Not quite.
President Obama stated that the Affordable Care Act, “Makes sure we are not the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t make sure that everybody has basic healthcare.”
As FlackCheck points out, the Affordable Care Act does not change the United States’ status for this point. While more than 25 million Americans will receive health insurance under the ACA by as early as 2016, 31 million are still left without coverage. This is due, in large part, to Republican Governors and state legislatures refusing to expand the Medicaid program.
The ACA provides a great deal of progress, though it is far from universal coverage. Instead, it is a first step towards that ultimate goal.
The following video just scratches the surface of the lies that groups like Americans for Prosperity are spewing to the public. Unfortunately, we do not have a media that holds these groups responsible for their lies. That leaves the responsibility to independent media source to try to sift through their deceptions.
Watch the video below to see the Right called out on their lies.