The Young Turks have taken on the myths surrounding Obamacare.
First is the claim that the employer mandate is already causing the loss of full time jobs. They point out, as did we, that if employers were going to cut hours to avoid the mandate, they would not be doing it now, over a year before the mandate goes into effect. The truth, of course is that the numbers refute this claim. The number of those employed at fewer than 35 hours has remained stable at about 28% for the last three years.
The share of total workers working part time, which is less than 35 hours per week, has been trending downward since 2007, three years before the law was even passed. And the number of those working between 30 and 34 hours has actually declined by the most.
As Ben Mankiewicz says, “Of course it’s not happening, on it’s face it’s not happening. And anybody who cuts his number of employees now, because of something that’s going to happen 15 months from now — whenever it happens in 2015, I mean that’s just a bad businessman.”
Ana Kasparian adds, “I think that it could possibly be a concern as 2015 approaches and I think that is a legitimate concern.”
“It’s basically a huge hand out to private insurers,” she added, pointing out that the single-payer option was scrapped as a concession to the Republicans.
Kasparian goes on to say, “I think the reason why they’re so livid about this is because they’re afraid that it’s going to be popular and they can’t get any name recognition for it.”
That is what many of us have thought for some time now. Even Tail Gunner Ted Cruz alluded to it a few weeks ago when he said that if it wasn’t stopped before it went into effect, they would never be able to repeal it because the people would not allow it.
Mankiewicz points out that the idea that it would be occurring now, so far in advance of the effective date, makes it feel more like a talking point than an actual fact. Just as calling it a failure because there are problems with the federal exchange is ridiculous, as he says, “This is like arguing about the Super Bowl at the f**king coin flip. ‘Oh my God we’re kicking off first, we gotta get the ball in the second half, we have no chance.'”
Myth #2: Obamacare is going to lead to huge increases in insurance rates. John Iadarola refers to an article from WatchDog.org claiming that rates would go down in only five states. This article was relying heavily on a flawed study by the Heritage Foundation, the think tank which coincidentally devised the plan upon which Romneycare in Massachusetts and Obamacare are both based.
Ethan Rome, the Executive Director at Health Care for America Now said of that study, “The Heritage analysis is deceptive because it does not factor in the substantial premium subsidies that most consumers will receive to help them pay for their insurance. Heritage simply pretends these subsidies, in the form of tax credits, do not exist. Unlike Heritage consumers won’t pretend the tax credits don’t exist.”
Myth #3: Young people are going to pay the fine rather than purchase health insurance because they are young and healthy and do not need it.
This too has never had a leg to stand on, every study and poll done on the subject has shown that most of these young healthy people are not stupid, they are fully cognizant of the fact that they could have a serious accident or be struck down with a catastrophic illness at any time. Given the opportunity to obtain health insurance at a reasonable price 95% of them would do so.
Kasparian says, “I hate this assumption that millennials don’t ever think about the future, they don’t ever want to be prepared about anything, everyone knows, hey, if you get into a car accident and you get injured severely, you want to know that you have health insurance and you can go to the doctor and it will be fine.”
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