How many times does a lie have to be told to make it true? The people who are so driven to “repeal Obama Care” can’t seem to find a reason to do so. The majority of them claim (incorrectly) that Obama stole over $700 billion to fund the Affordable Health Care Act.
We, who are most favorably affected by the law, are already seeing changes in our coverage. For instance, my grandchildren with pre-existing conditions cannot be denied coverage and the children under 26 years of age can be covered by their parents’ policy. When the law takes full affect in 2014, my wife will be able to shop for less expensive coverage in spite of being a type 2 diabetic, she too cannot be refused coverage for a pre-existing condition. We have already received a letter stating that a refund will be issued by our insurer based on stipulations in the Health Care Act.
The discussion of the $700 billion should be represented as a savings in the Medicare system. When a doctor bills Medicare for services for a person he/she has never seen, that is fraud that costs hundreds of thousands. When three specialists all order the same expensive tests for the same person they are wasting hundreds of thousands. When someone has to be readmitted to the hospital for the same complaint because of medical incompetence that costs hundreds of thousands. These and many other issues are what the Health Care Act is addressing in order to save that money over the next 10 years.
The following is a quote from the researchers at Politifact.com:
“The health care law instituted a number of changes to try to bring down future health care costs in the program. The total anticipated savings comes to $716 billion over the next 10 years, as determined by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.”
This lie has been disproved by enough authorities that it should have gone away within the last three years, yet it persists. If you tell a lie long enough it becomes the truth to those who will not take the time to check for themselves.
Chuck and Leslie Burns