Debunking ‘Obamacare’ Mythsby Art Jacobson on Oct. 03, 2013, under Affordable Care Act, Alien Life Forms, Children's Healthcare, Fiscal Cliff, GOP, Grand ol' Tea Party, Health, Health Care, Health Insurance, Medicaid, Politics, Ron Barber
The media watchdog organization, Media Matters,has published a list of myths about “Obamacare” to which the media has fallen prey. It cites examples of these misrepresentations and follows with examples of sources that get it right.
At the end of this post you will find a link to the Media Matters web site. And the following list of myths. At that site each Myth is a link to the examples, myth and fact for each Myth. As always the Data Port welcomes comments, but there is a lot of material here and you might want read it before commenting.
Right-wing media have consistently hyped several myths about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the lead up to open enrollment for state-based exchanges. As media outlets report on implementation of the health care law, they should be aware of these false claims, including zombie myths that the law includes “death panels” and that Congress is exempt from the law.
Myth #1: Congress Is “Exempt” From The Affordable Care Act
Fact:The administration is not exempting Congress
Myth #2: Premium Prices Will Increase Due To Health Care Law
Fact: Premiums will be lower than expected
Myth #3: The Affordable Care Act Includes Death Panels
Fact: Rationing of health care explicitly forbidden
Myth #4: Shutting Down Government Over Obamacare Funding Will Stop Health Care Law
Fact: Health care continues, even during shutdown
Myth #5: The Affordable Care Act Is “Socialized Medicine” And A “Government Takeover”
Fact: The ACA is not socialized medicine or a government takeover of healthcare
Myth #6: People Will Be Able To Commit Subsidy Fraud On The Exchanges
Fact:The government has established subsidy verification measures.
Myth #7: Obamacare ”Narrow Networks” Will Constrain Health Choices
FACT: Narrow Networks Provide Health Care Coverage While Keeping Costs Low
Myth #8: The Affordable Care Act Is Bad For Women
Fact: The Affordable Care Act significantly benefits women
Myth #9: The Affordable Care Act Covers Abortions
Fact: Funding stemming from the ACA will not cover abortions
Myth #10: The Affordable Care Act Is A Job Killer
Fact: Small businesses have seen increased hiring as evonomy improves; employers show few signs of reducing work force due to the ACA
Myth #11: With Full Access To Medical Records, The IRS Will Discriminate Against Conservatives
Fact: The IRS will verify insurance coverage, but nothing more
Myth #12: Navigators will abuse private information
Fact: Navigators will pass federal training standards to enrure privacy protection
Myth #13: Obamacare Mandates Doctors To Ask Patients About Sexual History
Fact: The ACA does not require doctors to ask unrelated sexual history questions.
Myth #14: The ACA’s Medicaid Expansion Will Force Doctors To Turn Away Patients
Fact: Th ACA aims to increase medicaid reimbursement rates.
Myth #15: The ACA Is To Blame For A Projected 30 Million People Who Will Remain Uninsured
Fact: GOP obstructionism is responsible for remaining lack of coverage.
Here is the link to the Media Matters article. CLICK