obamacare signing

It is quite a challenge to sift through all the intentionally created myths about the Affordable Care Act to come up with The Top Five but these sure seem to be the top contenders:

 

Myth #1: The ACA is a Sign of Impending Socialism

Does the ACA close down the free market framework as it currently exists? The framework we’ve operated under for decades has left tens of millions without care, the ACA uses state organized exchanges and federally provided discounts and credits to bring tens of millions into the existing free market for health insurance. A true socialized medicine would do away with private health insurance companies and instead have us contributing additional taxes to a government-run healthcare delivery system in a Single Payer structure. Instead, the ACA is merely a restructuring of the regulations that govern private insurance and private health care delivery.

 

Myth #2: The Government is Taxing You for Healthcare

People aren’t taxed additionally under the ACA. There is a conditional tax on employers only in the case of what are referred to as “Cadillac Plans”, plans exceeding $10,200 annually per employee and only on the amount that may exceed that figure. There is also a penalty fee that only applies to those who choose not to buy insurance, so outside of legal circles, calling that a “tax” is inaccurate. Taxes are intended to pay for public goods that the government provides to everyone. The individual mandate is intended to charge those individuals who don’t choose to buy insurance for the cost that society incurs as a result of their decisions such as emergency room charges that are not paid.

 

Myth #3: It’s Going to Plunge Us Into More Debt and Cost Us Trillions

The Congressional Budget Office projects the ACA will save us money and cut the deficit by about a trillion dollars during its second decade of implementation. The ACA prevents average Americans from paying the healthcare costs of others. It is due to those who don’t pay the bills for their medical procedures that premiums for everyone else rise and the domino effect is that procedures grow more costly and physicians have to charge more.

 

Myth #4: The Government is Eliminating My Choices

Choice is built into the ACA with health insurance exchanges. These allow people to choose the providers and plans they want.  By giving you the ability to select your physician, the ACA reallocates to you the power previously held by insurance companies to tell you which doctors you can see. Additionally, with the virtual elimination of annual and lifetime caps which impose spending limits, you’re no longer forced to choose what essential medical tests or care to pursue based on arbitrarily low spending limits imposed by insurers.
 

Myth #5: ACA is Raiding Medicare

In the last decade, payments from Medicare to private plans have increased dramatically—in fact, figures show that Medicare actually overpaid by 14-20 percent, and the costs of this overpayment fell on our seniors via increased premiums. The ACA has made Medicare more efficient by cutting out a significant part of that overpayment, something that impacts only providers of health care, those on Medicare will see no reduction in benefits under the ACA.

 

What the ACA does do:
  • Strengthens the supervision/approval process for premium increases and company expenditures
  • Eliminates the pre-existing condition exclusion
  • Lets parents keep their kids on their insurance until they turn 26
  • Closes the senior’s prescription donut hole
  • Requires insurers to meet care standards including preventative care

Sources:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the second of a trio of articles on the ACA, authored by MurphThe Surf3 with contributions by Adlib.

24
Leave a Comment

Please Login to comment
3 Comment threads
21 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
6 Comment authors
agrippaAdLibchoiceladyMurphTheSurf3Nirek Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
agrippa
Member
agrippa

Those people who are against the law have not read it.
Those GOP people in Washington are against it because they have read it.

Report this comment

Nirek
Member

Bravo, Murph!
If only everyone could understand that the myths are false. There are going to be some problems with the ACA but we will be able to fix them. It will help so many folks, it makes me proud of our government for producing it. I can’t understand the lies that are spread about the ACA.

Report this comment

SueInCa
Member

Very good points Adlib. I am going to share on FB with a highlight on number 2. That is the best part for me in that it is going to make people take responsibility for their healthcare instead of putting the burden on the rest of us and the system.

I think that is probably one of the major complaints the right and Teabillies have because they know they cannot sneak into an emergency room and have us pay anymore.

Report this comment