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5 Totally Wrong Predictions from the Right About Obamacare

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4. Obamacare Will Cause a Wave of Black Unemployment

Unemployment is a pressing issue for many in America, and particularly minority populations like the African American community. But how does unemployment connect to the Affordable Care Act? According to Leah Durant writing for The Washington Times, the ACA means employers won’t hire:

Consider Obamacare, the president’s signature legislative achievement. State-level insurance exchanges — a crucial part of the law — officially open for enrollment Tuesday. These online marketplaces are set to begin delivering health coverage early next year. The problem is, by driving up the price of insurance, and then passing along those new expenses to businesses, Obamacare discourages employers from hiring. Employers now have a direct economic incentive not to expand their workforce. Entrepreneurs face even greater financial barriers in getting their firms off the ground.

Durant goes on to say that the “red tape” created by the Affordable Care Act will also prevent African American entrepreneurs from starting up their own businesses.

This simply isn’t true. The prospect of the individual mandate has not caused small businesses to stop hiring and, what is more, a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has found that 89% of businessowners have said they have no plans to cut down on employee hours. Media Matters presents a good crop of studies and analyses to demonstrate the fear of a rise in overall unemployment is unfounded, and there is no reputable analysis to show the ACA will impact racial and ethnic minorities’ job prospects.

5. Those Who Do Not Get Insurance Will Face Jail

During Senator Ted Cruz’s 21-hour nonfilibuster he made a lot of unfounded claims about the ACA, but one that came from teammate Senator Rand Paul was that a failure to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s insurance requirement and then a failure to pay the subsequent fine will land people in jail:

That is what I think the senator from Texas has started, hopefully a rebellion against coercion, rebellion against mandates, a rebellion against everything that says that big government wants to shove something down your throat, they say take it or we will put people in jail. People say we aren’t going to put anybody in jail. The heck they won’t. You will get fined first. If you don’t pay your fines, you will go to jail.

As USA Today points out, the law specifically precludes jail time under its “Waiver of Criminal Penalties” section: “In the case of any failure by a taxpayer to timely pay any penalty imposed by this section, such taxpayer shall not be subject to any criminal prosecution or penalty with respect to such failure.” The IRS has also confirmed that it will use offsets on future tax refunds for those who flout the law, not criminal proceedings.

While debate around the Affordable Care Act is not to be discouraged, what is currently at the heart of the government shutdown is not a debate, it is a farce built upon a series of distortions, misrepresentations and outright lies that is only serving to hurt American interests.


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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


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


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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