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The Left’s New Story: Nobody Is Hurt by Obamacare
The National Review ^ | February 25, 2014 | Alec Torres

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 won’t 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. There’s only one problem: they haven’t 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 they’re subjected to even minor scrutiny, have fallen apart — the ‘horror stories’ really aren’t so horrible.”

Or take Kevin Drum at Mother Jones who says, “I’m beginning to think there’s not actually a single person in America who’s 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, Horrigan’s “coverage by a state high-risk insurance program was eliminated, then replaced by a more expensive plan. His wife’s 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 state’s 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 state’s 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 Obamacare’s “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, they’re denying the settled consensus of the most prominent media in the country.

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Alec Torres is a William F. Buckley Fellow at the National Review Institute.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: msm; obamacare

1 posted on 02/25/2014 2:40:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why not? The news media is begging the democrat party to feed them lies to tell us.


2 posted on 02/25/2014 2:45:25 PM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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*


4 posted on 02/25/2014 2:48:45 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This administration, and their sycophantic useful idiots, make the Nazis look like amateurs.


5 posted on 02/25/2014 2:51:38 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>The problem, of course, is that all of these examples, once they’re subjected to even minor scrutiny, have fallen apart — the ‘horror stories’ really aren’t so horrible.”

The same is true for all the “I got sick and my health insurance dropped me for a pre-existing condition” stories.


6 posted on 02/25/2014 2:52:15 PM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wait till all the delays kick in. FUBAR.


7 posted on 02/25/2014 2:52:35 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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8 posted on 02/25/2014 2:53:48 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We are ALL *nobody* now. Bob


9 posted on 02/25/2014 2:54:22 PM PST by alstewartfan (She got caught between the shadows and the booze And she really did know how to have the blues. Al S)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
At least Our King, and our Exempt Lords
and their distinguished and special families,
and their so-special Staff and their families will NEVER be hurt. Ever.


10 posted on 02/25/2014 2:54:42 PM PST by Diogenesis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


11 posted on 02/25/2014 2:56:00 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>...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?????


12 posted on 02/25/2014 2:57:51 PM PST by kitkat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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..


13 posted on 02/25/2014 3:00:44 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: kitkat

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.


14 posted on 02/25/2014 3:03:56 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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15 posted on 02/25/2014 3:07:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Conservatives, knowing this, Krugman writes, are “groping toward a new strategy, one that relies on highlighting examples of the terrible harm Obamacare does. There’s only one problem: they haven’t managed to come up with any real examples.”

Some day, Alfred Nobel is going to rise up out of his grave, kick this fool's ass, and get his money back.

16 posted on 02/25/2014 3:49:38 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The reports from left-leaning media alone go on and on. If liberals really believe nobody has been hurt by Obamacare, they’re denying the settled consensus of the most prominent media in the country.

LOL

17 posted on 02/25/2014 3:53:42 PM PST by GOPJ ({David} "Gregory, usually as alert and twitchy as a squirrel, flat-lined." Richard Cohen NYT)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hate leftist.


18 posted on 02/25/2014 3:57:35 PM PST by cblue55 ("Those people who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants,")
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19 posted on 02/25/2014 3:58:07 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: skeeter
Why not? The news media is begging the democrat party to feed them lies to tell us.

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20 posted on 02/25/2014 4:16:04 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

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.)


21 posted on 02/25/2014 4:23:24 PM PST by griswold3 (Post-Christian America is living on borrowed moral heritage)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bump


22 posted on 02/25/2014 4:25:07 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The “head in the sand crowd” will never give up until they are affected.

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23 posted on 02/25/2014 4:35:29 PM PST by Mears
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hell, they are liberals after all. It’s all about good intentions and never about the pain and death they cause.


24 posted on 02/25/2014 4:42:27 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can personally attest to the falsity of that claim.


25 posted on 02/25/2014 4:48:04 PM PST by Defiant (Let the Tea Party win, and we will declare peace on the American people and go home.)
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