Pants on Fire - Some thoughts
Pants on Fire
In thinking about tonight’s Centering Words, I first thought I’d tell you how in the late 1970’s when double-digit health insurance rate increases first hit, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana walked away from creating large group-like Exchanges to control costs. Or, how when my father had his first stroke mother leaned over and said, “Don’t worry, all of your medical costs are covered” (thanks to Medicare and his auto union negotiated supplement).
No loss of their mobile home of which they were so proud; no need to go to the “Poor Farm’ to live out their lives. I heard mother express that fear many times as we, frequently, drove past the County Farm. Or, how our daughter, who is prone to Strep Throat, called home to say how sick she had been for a couple weeks but had not seen a doctor because she was afraid her insurance would not pay. How dad said, “Go to the doctor immediately, if the insurance doesn’t pay, we will.” So much for preventive health insurance in the private sector.
Instead, permit me to share with you some rebuttals from Politifact. Bear in mind, there are 47 pages of evaluated statements about the Affordable Health Care Act, with 20 to a page. I’m only sharing some of the worst/Pants on Fire fictions.
Ted Cruz says, “Democrats told the Catholic Church that they’ll use Federal power to shut down church charities and hospitals if the church doesn’t change its beliefs”. Never happened!
Michele Bachman: “Scientist tells us we could have a cure for Alzheimer’s were it not for overzealous regulators, excessive taxation and greedy litigation”. Non-sense!
National email: “Obamacare will provide insurance to all non-US residents, even if they are here illegally”’. Not before, not ever.
Email chain: “A hidden provision in Obamacare taxes sporting goods as medical devises”. Don’t get reeled in by this one.
Marco Rubio: “Under Obamacare, 75% of small businesses now say they are going to be forced to either fire workers or cut their hours”. Study cited suggested less than 10%.
Rush Limbaugh: Says, “Obamacare is the largest Middle Class tax increase in history.” Even Reagan had one larger. Not in the top ten.
Rick Scott: “A company with 20 employees could go out of business because of health care law requirements to buy insurance”. Blatantly wrong.
US Chamber of Commerce: “20 million people could lose their current coverage… including our Senior Citizens who are on Medicare.” Scaring Seniors again.
Pat Boone: “An independent payment advisory board created by Obamacare can ration care and deny certain medical treatments”. Same old song, another sour note.
Government is Not God PAC. “Barack Hussein Obama will force doctors to assist homosexuals in buying surrogate babies”. A fevered dream.
Various Republican candidates running for office: “The Health Care law includes a 3.8% sales tax on all real estate transactions.” Bogus claim. Put a stake through the heart of that one.
New Jersey candidate: Says, under the new health care law, “the patient-doctor relationship will be eliminated”. Changed “yes”/eliminated “no”.
Oregon chain email: Says, “At the age of 76 when you most need it, you are not eligible for cancer treatment under the Affordable Health Care Act”.
Simply not true.
Well. You get the idea. I just cited some of the Pants on Fire statements. There are a number others evaluated as “False” or “Mostly False”. If you hear other statements that don’t ring true, go to: Politifact/health care reform and check them out.