Skip to comments.The Left’s New Story: Nobody Is Hurt by Obamacare
Posted on 02/25/2014 2:40:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Are ACA horror stories just propaganda from right-wing papers like the Times and the Washington Post?
In what is rapidly becoming the latest liberal trope, left-wing news outlets and commentators have begun telling the world that there actually are no victims of Obamacare. Daring to do the impossible (again), the Left is telling America that all the stories of cancellations, lost plans, premium hikes, and other troubles are all just made up by vicious and deceitful right-wingers in order to defame their beautiful Obamacare.
Nobel laureate Paul Krugman uses his perch at the New York Times to argue that Obamacare is doing just fine, and conservative doomsday predictions wont come true. Conservatives, knowing this, Krugman writes, are groping toward a new strategy, one that relies on highlighting examples of the terrible harm Obamacare does. Theres only one problem: they havent managed to come up with any real examples.
At MSNBC, Steve Benen takes up the same line, saying, Conservative detractors have spent the last several months in a desperate search for Obamacare victims. . . . The problem, of course, is that all of these examples, once theyre subjected to even minor scrutiny, have fallen apart the horror stories really arent so horrible.
Or take Kevin Drum at Mother Jones who says, Im beginning to think theres not actually a single person in America whos been harmed by Obamacare.
These claims are contradicted by the same news outlets, in some cases, that employ the people making the claims.
For example, if Paul Krugman read the paper he writes for, he would have heard about Mike Horrigan, a lifelong Democrat and a former Obamacare supporter. As the Times wrote in December, Horrigans coverage by a state high-risk insurance program was eliminated, then replaced by a more expensive plan. His wifes individual plan was canceled for being substandard, then suddenly renewed also at a higher price.
The Times also brought out the story of Barbara Meinwald, whose temporary plan with fewer doctors would cost her $5,000 more a year. Meinwald also looked on the states health insurance exchange, Anemonia Hartocollis writes, but she said she found that those plans did not have a good choice of doctors, and that it was hard to even find out who the doctors were, and which hospitals were covered.
Camille Sweeney, written about in the same article, was dismayed that neither her pediatrician nor general practitioner was on the plans offered on her states exchange.
The New York Times was not the only left-leaning news outlet telling stories of real people who have been hurt by Obamacare. The Washington Post, for example, writes about Obamacares biggest losers who had their plans canceled but could not access the health exchange to get another plan to begin coverage January 1. One man, John Gisler, was forced to look outside the exchange, forgoing thousands of dollars in subsidies, because the plan for his son with a rare degenerative disease was canceled and he could not access HealthCare.gov to buy a new one in time.
The Los Angeles Times writes about many people who have fared badly under Obamacare, including Jennifer Harris, whose old plan was canceled and who found the cheapest alternative under Obamacare is nearly 243 percent more than her old one.
The reports from left-leaning media alone go on and on. If liberals really believe nobody has been hurt by Obamacare, theyre denying the settled consensus of the most prominent media in the country.
Alec Torres is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.
Why not? The news media is begging the democrat party to feed them lies to tell us.
My premiums went up. I lost $800/year in Flex Plan contributions from my employer. I am limited to working employees 29 hours a week and less than 1,000 hours in a fiscal year. I am no longer authorized another full time employee. Used to run this ship with 5 - down to three. Part time employees will take up the slack. (HA!)
Nah. No harm from this at all. *SPIT*
This administration, and their sycophantic useful idiots, make the Nazis look like amateurs.
>>The problem, of course, is that all of these examples, once theyre subjected to even minor scrutiny, have fallen apart the horror stories really arent so horrible.
The same is true for all the “I got sick and my health insurance dropped me for a pre-existing condition” stories.
Wait till all the delays kick in. FUBAR.
We are ALL *nobody* now. Bob
When I start to read “I signed up for 0bamacare and it’s great” stories from the moneyed elites in the MSM I’ll start to listen. Until then my anus is starting to itch from all the smoke they’re blowing up it.
>>...from right-wing papers like the Times and the Washington Post?>>
The Washington Post (WaPo) is right wing?????
And if that’s the NEW YORK Times, is that right wing, too?????
Honestly, I think they are correct. I have known no one that is homeless, jobless or on the government feeding programs that have been affected adversely by Obamas Care. They are telling the truth..
That’s the joke. Even the left-wing press has been writing Obamacare horror stories, but the left-wing pundits are trying to ignore their own media.
Some day, Alfred Nobel is going to rise up out of his grave, kick this fool's ass, and get his money back.
I hate leftist.
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Every year since ACA passed, my premiums have increased. Our HSA premiums, (two adults over 50) started out at $5100/yr in 2010 to today’s new $16,880. The Liberals don’t consider that pain?
(The only change is that we don’t have the $8M lifetime cap.)
The “head in the sand crowd” will never give up until they are affected.
Hell, they are liberals after all. It’s all about good intentions and never about the pain and death they cause.
I can personally attest to the falsity of that claim.