Tuesday, November 05, 2013

What if Obamacare was repealed

For all the carping about the flaws in Obamacare, and granted there are some big ones, the bigger question is would we better off without it? The answer is no. For the naysayers, Ericka does the maths at the link and this is a conservative estimate. :
The GOP has gleefully jumped on media reports about Americans having their health insurance plans nixed because of Obamacare. "Obama lied. My health plan died," conservative blogger Michelle Malkin wrote in September, referring to President Barack Obama's promise that people who liked their health insurance plans could keep them. But how many Americans' health plans would receive some form of cancelation notice if GOP hard-liners got their wish and repealed Obamacare? Probably at least 137 million. [...]

"[R]ight now the media are paying the most attention to people who are [getting cancellation notices]," Jost says. "Bad news sells better than good." But ACA benefits have kicked in already, and others will be coming online soon. So imagine the fury if Republicans repeal the law and 137 million Americans get cancelation notices. Then the media might have a real scandal to report.
Right now BigTV is fully invested in their lazy "Obama lied about keeping your plan" which wouldn't be quite so annoying if they showed the same interest in playing syntax police on the GOPers as well. But the bigger media malpractice is they could be using their time to explain the exchanges. Especially since every one of their "Obamacare cancelled my fabulous policy" stories has fallen apart under scrutiny. One of the so-called victims has since recanted her complaints and now calls her cancelled policy a blessing in disguise. Can't fail to notice, that isn't getting play on the TV news. And as Brian Beutler points out, BigMedia look like bigger idiots every time they post a new so-called victim that turns off to better off with a crap policy.

Of course, BigMedia could be spending their time explaining the exchanges and interviewing success stories but screw the facts. Informing the public is so old business model. Must generate phony outrage. Clickbait journalism demands it and their big fat salaries depend on it. Hell of a way to make a living.

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