Just have a look at some of the comments from MDJ readers if you don’t believe me:
“You … make it sound like all you have to do is pay $45-$105 monthly premium and you’re done! All medical work is covered! Yes, you can get a physical, but what if you have a cold, break an arm, get cancer?”
Fact: This reader has confused Obamacare with the junk health insurance it outlawed. If you purchase health insurance under Obamacare, any ailment or injury is covered. The deductible you pay depends on the insurance you purchase, nothing new.
“Hope you don’t need medical care or you might find that whatever you have is not covered, or that there has been an error and you are not covered for anything, or that the closest hospital to you that is ‘your plan’ is in the next county.”
Fact: Whatever you “have” is covered by health insurers and virtually every hospital accepts federal exchange insurers like Humana and Blue Cross-Blue Shield as payers.
In addition, important preventative services are now available at no cost to families with health insurance.
“The last thing a 27 (year old) earning $25,000 per year is looking for, or even understands, is a so-called ‘tax credit’ since they don’t itemize their tax returns.”
Fact: If it reduces the cost of their health insurance by 50 percent or more, young adults will learn to itemize.
Right wing pundits and politicians tried mightily to exploit the prejudices and resentment of conservatives. Alas, they failed.
More than seven million Americans enrolled for health insurance by the March 31st deadline; 11 million if you include Medicaid expansion.
Naturally, conservative commentators baselessly called the enrollment figure “a phony number,” to quote Charles Krauthammer on Fox News this week (notice how they’re always projecting their own dishonesty?).
Let’s hope consumers of conservative media start asking themselves why Krauthammer, Limbaugh, Coulter and all the rest relentlessly denigrated something that helps so many Americans.
Why do they favor denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, or allowing insurers to set lifetime limits on claims — or making women pay more for health insurance than men — practices now banned under Obamacare?
While these nabobs impotently rail on about the “evils” of Obamacare, Democrats have shifted their attention to Medicaid expansion.
Most Republican governors have rejected expansion, including Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, five of the poorest and sickest states in the country.
Their intransigence is nakedly political, backed up by more falsehoods. For example, Gov. Nathan Deal said he doesn’t trust the feds to cover 100 percent of expansion’s costs in the first three years, and 90 percent thereafter.
But Deal knows Georgia can opt out if Washington fails to deliver.
So Georgia Republicans said no to 70,000 new jobs, $276 million in new local and state tax revenues and the $8 billion economic impact Medicaid expansion would create, according to a study done by Dr. Bill Custer, the state’s top healthcare economist.
One conservative governor who did see the light is Jan Brewer. She expanded Medicaid, a decision universally applauded by Arizona’s business and health care leaders.
Brewer understands federal tax dollars paid by Arizonans were taking a one-way trip to Washington to pay for Medicaid expansion in Democratically-controlled states such as California, New York and Illinois.
Not accepting federal funding, reasoned Brewer, was dumber than a box of rocks, which brings us back to Deal and the legislature.
You conservative Georgia voters are already paying for Medicaid expansion in Blue States, and Democrats thank you kindly.
Maybe you should tune out the pundits and demand Georgia’s Republican leaders bring some of your tax dollars home.
Kevin Foley is an author, writer and public relations executive who lives in Kennesaw.