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5 Totally Wrong Predictions from the Right About Obamacare

5 Totally Wrong Predictions from the Right About Obamacare
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While the shutdown has provoked some eyebrow-raising remarks from the Tea Party-aligned conservatives, the Affordable Care Act, which is really at the heart of the government shutdown, is also providing fodder for some commentators to make truly outrageous statements.

Here are five of the worst that have been made in the past few weeks.

1. Obamacare will Cause Genocide

WorldNetDaily’s Ellis Washington is positive that the Affordable Care Act is really just a product of a Nazi-like regime. Alongside an image of Obama made to look like Hitler, he puffs:

Nazi Germany is the true birthplace, and Hitler is the real father of universal health care. Like Lenincare, Stalincare, Maocare, Castrocare and Obamacare, all universal health-care systems are derivative of Marxism, socialism, communism, progressivism, postmodernism and thus are antithetical to America’s founding constitutional principles of God, the Bible, natural law, equality, liberty and truth. Like Hitlercare, Obamacare will inevitably lead to health-care rationing, death panels, millions of uninsured and, eventually, the systematic genocide of the weak, minorities, enfeebled, the elderly and political enemies of the God-state.

I don’t think this really needs refuting as it stands on its own as a ludicrous bit of nonsense.  (H/t Right Wing Watch.)

2. Obamacare Will Cause A Wave of Divorce

Janice Fioravante at Financial Planning posted an article recently explaining to us why affordable health care is bad for marriage. Financial Planning is behind a subscription wall, so it’s not easily accessible. Fortunately, dozens of religious conservative commentators including NOM’s the Ruth Institute have jumped on this, citing this as an expert opinion:

Fioravante writes that if the health insurance exchanges do indeed make insurance more affordable, some separated couples may choose to finalize their divorces. She cites financial planners who claim that “health insurance definitely comes up a lot” when working out the details of a divorce.  Couples even go so far as to legally separate but stay married so that one spouse can gain from the other’s insurance plan.

How wide is this phenomenon?  How much of an impact will the ACA have?  It’s difficult to say, but surely any measure that discourages a couple from relying on each other emotionally, spiritually, and financially also serves to encourage any tempting thoughts of divorce. And divorce, researchers have long known, isn’t good for anyone’s health.

But staying in a desperately unhappy marriage because of a broken health care system is great fro your well being? As long as you stay married, NOM doesn’t care.

3. The ACA Will Lead to Rationed Healthcare for the Elderly

Sarah Palin and her “deathpanel” smear are back and, as evidenced by a recent appearance on Fox News’ Cashin’ In, she’s sticking to her story:

Of course there are death panels in there. But the important thing to remember is that’s just one aspect of this atrocious, unaffordable, cumbersome, burdensome evil policy of Obama’s and that is Obamacare.

She’s not the only one, either. As Media Matters points out, a whole host of (mostly Fox-aligned) commentators have made similar allegations, including Sean Hannity, who said in September that “Obamacare Death Panels Are In Fact Alive And Well,” claiming there is new evidence for that. He was unable to really provide that “evidence” though.

In essence, these critics charge that the government will not provide health care for the elderly to prolong life if they deem that this investment would be a waste of funds.

In reality, the Affordable Care Act contains express language against that kind of activity: “The proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care, raise revenues or Medicare beneficiary premiums under section 1818, 1818A, or 1839, increase Medicare beneficiary cost- sharing (including deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments), or otherwise restrict benefits or modify eligibility criteria.”

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11:13AM PST on Dec 9, 2013

Oh, Jacob? Thank you to Elise and Linda; I don't really have to answer him thanks to you two and scores more.
As for the policies that were cancelled, I agree with conservatives on ONE point - that the Prez should NOT have made his "...and you can KEEP your health ins. if you like it....." speech WITHOUT extending the following statement - "...if it qualifies under the minimum standards we have set for insurance coverage"!!!

The policies that are being cancelled now, for the vast part, are policies that contained NO PROVISIONS for catastrophic care. I know because I looked at several of these policies when I divorced almost 2 decades ago, and they did NOT have that! That would've meant that - in the event I contracted cancer or heart disease, I would have had to wait over 6 mo. to a year to be covered again through the state. That's when these diseases become the most fatal and unable to control. I thank God those policies will never be offered again.

10:38AM PST on Dec 9, 2013

The "Right" and Faux News gets most every thing wrong.

8:13AM PST on Nov 14, 2013

hilarity

4:25AM PDT on Oct 28, 2013

Before we judge who was right and who was wrong, we need to see what does happen when it's implemented. There are already thousands of people loosing their insurance which Obama said would NOT happen.

8:47AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Past Member:

If your employer is keeping you all on 30 hours a week, you will all amount to the same number of "full time equivalent" employees, anyway. The business might as well hire full time employees, or put people on full time, or perhaps there just isn't enough work for other reasons--the ACA doesn't kick in for 3 more months!

The reason you all need insurance is (1) For when catastrophic medical or accidental injury problems occur and you need medical care. Showing up at an Emergency Department and getting care is fine, but going bankrupt and not paying is the American way, and it costs the taxpayer plenty. (2) Preventive healthcare saves money, even for young and healthy (?) people like you, and for others, it can be lifesaving.

8:25AM PDT on Oct 18, 2013

Here's a prediction...Obamacare was setup for failure and we shall see how good it is when 2014 rolls in....let's see how many employers actually start dropping their plans because this is 'mandated' that we have health insurance. Let's see where all this $$$ is going to come from to cover all of those low or no income families that were promised 'free' healthcare. When you rush legislation into law without even bother reading the 2700+ pages of it...there is a problem. Who knows what other crap is hidden within the fine print...

8:09AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thanks

11:34PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

The arguments against Obamacare are laughable.

8:24PM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

Everything from the right is all wrong!

8:11AM PDT on Oct 12, 2013

how can you say you wont go to jail when you dont get healthcare and in the same paragraph you say you WILL go to jail for not paying the fine for not having it? Are you an idiot?

Also, i am not black, and i myself have lost work because my empolyer is keeping all of us way under 30 hours per week to avoid having to pay. I have a contract job, and it used to give me enough work to live on my own, pay for acting class, and many other things. Now i live with my grndma and dont know if i can buy food next week. This has been going on for months and months.

Can you tell me WHY it is mandatory to get this health "care" ?

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