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The Obamacare Disinformation Campaign Begins.

Posted May 29 2013 6:15pm

 Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE

According to the April Kaiser Health Tracking Poll forty two (42) percent are unaware that Obamacare is still the law of the land.  Twelve (12) percent of the surveyed population believes Obamacare has been repealed by Congress. Obamacare has been repealed by the House of Representatives many times. It has not gotten through committee or on to the floor of the Senate. Harry Reed has blocked consideration.

Seven (7) percent of the surveyed population believes Obamacare had been overturned by the Supreme Court. It is true that parts of Obamacare have been overturned by the Supreme Court.  An additional twenty three (23) percent do not know whether or not Obamacare remains law.

Half the public surveyed says it does not have enough information about the healthcare reform law to understand how it will impact their own family. The majority of this half are the uninsured and low-income households.

Obamacare as a law is in financial trouble. The generous amount of money put in the budget for Obamacare has been spent already. The tax increases put in place to fund Obamacare have not been sufficient.

Congress has refused to pour good money after bad.

President Obama seems unconcerned about the money he spends to fund Obamacare as the deficit continues to soar.

He continues to blame congress for Obamacare’s problems.

He also blames the decrease in important services such as White House visits and air traffic controller furloughs on the sequestration. He ignores the fact that the sequestration was his idea. He has blamed his opponents for the sequestration.

President Obama kicked off another campaign-style effort to get people to sign up for the so-called Affordable Care Act.

In a statement dripping with condescension Obama tried to blame misinformation for his health care troubles.”

He said, “Precisely because there’re been so much misinformation, sometimes people may not have a sense of what the law actually does.   

He continued,   “We’re going to need everybody out there to make sure they get the right information.”

“Don’t just read a blog or some commentary from some pundit that has a political agenda.  Make sure you know what the actual facts.”

Don’t let people confuse you.  Don’t let them run the okeydokey on you.  Don’t be bamboozled.”

The next step in President Obama’s playbook is to frighten the people.

“The refusal by about half the states to expand Medicaid  will leave millions of poor people ineligible for government-subsidized  health insurance  under President Obama’s health care law  even as many others with higher incomes receive federal subsidies to buy insurance.”

 My impression was that states that refused to form their own health insurance exchanges were going to have health insurance exchanges ceated by the Obama administration. The federal government run exchanges were supposed to provide the same coverage the states are supposed to provide under directives controlled by the Obama administration.

HHS said “But those options will be unavailable to some of the neediest people in states like Texas, Florida, Kansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia, which are refusing to expand Medicaid.”

The Obama administration keeps moving terms around. It also usually gives the story to a favored media outlet, in this case the New York Times.

The administration’s creditably is fading fast.

The tactics used to hide the real Bengashi story, the challenge to freedom of the press and IRS tactics and the realization by unions that the bill is not in favor of their motives has served to question President Obama’s creditability.

He claims to have not known anything about each scandal. His unawareness of these scandals has been hard to believe by most people.

The stories about each scandal, told by the administration, are unbelievable. These stories become more unbelievable as they are changed daily in an attempt to soften the blow.

This makes me think President Obama’s campaign tactics to promote Obamacare is not going to fly with the public.

People in those states who have incomes from the poverty level up to four times that amount ($11,490 to $45,960 a year for an individual) can get federal tax credits to subsidize the purchase of private health insurance. But many people below the poverty line will be unable to get tax credits, Medicaid or other help with health insurance.

People below the poverty level should pay a small percentage of their income for  healthcare coverage. They are already immune from paying income tax if they make less than $38,000 a year.

Citizens at other levels of income should pay a greater percentage of their income just as they do in Indiana. Everyone should have some skin in the game so they are responsible and feel independent of government decision making.

The administration is blaming those non-participating states for Obamacare’s mistakes. It is worse that they are penalizing the indigent.

Administration officials said they worried that frustrated consumers might blame President Obama rather than Republicans like Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, who have resisted the expansion of Medicaid.”

This is not President Obama’s unusual campaign tactic. I cannot believe the American people have let him get away with these tactics for so long.

The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone

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