FINAL COUNTDOWN: MAKING AND BREAKING PUBLIC OPINION ON OBAMACARE

FINAL COUNTDOWN: MAKING AND BREAKING PUBLIC OPINION ON OBAMACARE

Adrienne BoettingerTuesday,20 August 2013

The Snap:

Congress is a few weeks into its summer recess and already has proven that if the government doesn’t defund Obamacare, the earth will crash into the sun. That’s right, come 1 October, if brave Congresspersons don’t win their 41st attempt to slay Obamacare, life as we know it will cease to exist. Now that you understand the facts, let’s take a survey to see how many people are in favor of Obamacare. That’s the game that’s being played in town halls across the country: lies to constituents, manufacturing polls for desired results, and freaking out the public over a law that can’t be destroyed even if the House votes to defund it. I fear that nothing short of Ronald Reagan rising from the dead to support the law (changing it to “Gippercare”) will prevent some of the crazier politicians from spinning their Grimm’s Fairy Tale version of Obamacare.

The Download:

Let’s listen in on a town hall about Obamacare that I made up based on the freakshows that have been taking place since Congress took a break from not working in Washington to not work at home.

Q. I hear that we’ll be required to eat our young under Obamacare. Doesn’t the President care about our children?

A. Well, I can see how you’d be confused about this because you haven’t been able to afford your anti-psychotic meds, but no, Obamacare won’t make us eat our young. The only thing I see about kids in this law is that all those under 26 will be able to stay on their parents’ plans.

Q. Is it in 2014 or later that most employers will be forced to lay-off all employees because Obamacare will cost them bajillions of dollars? And if individuals don’t want to opt in, will they have to sell their kidneys or can they chose another organ to pay for the fine?

A. Um, really? Obamacare only impacts less than 5% of Americans (approximately 15 million) who have no healthcare. Claims that Obamacare is a job-killer were among the top whoppers of 2011 and 2012 according to FactCheck.org. Finally, decide not to get coverage in 2014, you’ll pay $95 per adult, half that per kid, with families paying no more than $285. Plus depending on your income and if your state isn’t a douchebag, you may benefit from expansions to Medicaid.

Q. Do all Democrats hate America or is it just President Obama? That’s why they came up with this nonsense, right?

A. Ironically, two of the most important parts of the law were originally Republican ideas that Democrats embraced, foolishly hoping this would help get bipartisan support.

Q. Do more people hate Obamacare than hate Congress?

A. Hahahahahahahahahaha. And I might I say, hahahahhahaha.

Bottom line: There’s a lot of nonsense surrounding the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). The Administration hasn’t done a great job explaining this law while those against it have done a fantastic job with their Obamascare tactics. Why not learn something about the law and make up your own mind?

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Hat Tips:

Washington PostHuffington PostThink ProgressThe Center For Public IntegrityWhiteHouse.GovNew York TimesFactCheck.OrgSalonForbesNPRCNN, Image Credit: Flickr



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