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Dave King: Obamacare remains target of misinformation

To the editor:

In the March 10 paper, a Gazette columnist described an encounter with a Republican neighbor who was disparaging the Affordable Care Act as a handout to slackers. The author, John Sheirer, did a great job of rebutting this false claim, and also describing the numerous provisions of the ACA that will improve the health of the American people.

For example, a Harvard study showed mortality is 6 percent higher in states whose Republican governors declined the expanded Medicaid coverage authorized under the ACA. The recent report claiming there would be two million jobs lost as a result of the ACA is also a misrepresentation: The Congressional Budget Office stated that two million people formerly locked into their jobs because that was their only option for health care will choose not to work, perhaps to spend time with grandkids, maybe pursue a new enterprise.

So it appears the “death panels” and “job lock” the Republicans are shouting about is not a feature of the ACA, but rather of the GOP’s own regressive policies.

Given the benefits of the ACA and the harm that would be caused by its repeal, one wonders why GOP beneficiaries of the act like the one described in Sheirer’s column so vociferously oppose it. Perhaps the $400 million the Koch brothers and their corporate allies have spent on misinformation campaigns could have something to do with it?

Dave King



John Sheirer: Bumper sticker battles over Obamacare

Thursday, March 6, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Republican friend recently showed me his new bumper sticker: “Obamacare only works for people who don’t.” He beamed. I gave him a questioning look. “Obamacare is just another giveaway to lazy people,” he explained. “You paid money for that?” I asked. “No,” he gushed. “I got it for free!” Unfortunately, Obamacare doesn’t cover treatment for people who …

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The only misinformation is put out by Obama and Pelosi. His lie that you can keep your health plan was voted the number one lie of 2013 as I remember.

Really, Gary? The ONLY misinformation is put out by Obama and Pelosi? You're delusional. Here are SIX LIES and deliberate misinformation propagated against the ACA: 1. If you sign up on the ACA website, hackers will steal your life savings (FOX News) 2. Sign up for Obamacare or "Go to Jail" (Rand Paul) 3. ACORN is alive and well and behind the push for Obamacare (E. Hasselbeck/FOX News) 4. Julie Boonstra, Wanda Buckley, Linda DeRight, et. al. 5. WalMart has better access to insurance than Obamacare (Washington Examiner) 6. "Burn Your (non-existent) Obamacare Card" (Freedom Works). You know, if the people who spew these lies and deliberate misinformation spent half as much time educating themselves about what the Affordable Care Act *IS* rather than what it isn't, you might actually learn something.

Then I guess democrats will make Obamacare a prominent part of their 2014 campaign, especially in swing states. We all know how great it is (actually we don't because the democrats keep delaying its implementation past Nov 2014 for some strange reason I can't comprehend since its so wonderful). If its so great I wonder why Obama's disapproval rating is at an all time high? I guess there are a lot of easily duped voters out there.

Really, chez? 1. ACA (afordable care act), not affordable, and did nothing to bring down the cost of care. 2. Passed by a vote right down the party line. Obviously didn't want any imput from across the aisle. Sorry, the Dems own this one. 3. If you like your plan you can keep it, period. Obama lied. Anything coming from this administration is suspect, including enrollment numbers.

Isn't that sweet. The tax payers can underwrite visiting grandma and papa. That makes spending a $billion on web sites alone, all worth the effort.

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