More lies about Obamacareby Denise Early on Sep. 28, 2013, under Health
Friday was a beautiful day in Tucson with the temperature in the low 80′s, so I took a walk through my neighborhood. I came across Alex, who was washing his car in his driveway, and we exchanged hello’s and “how are you doing?”. As we talked, I said I’m very busy learning about and writing about Obamacare.
Alex, who is in his forties and is self-employed, said, “I don’t know about Obamacare. I don’t want to have to get my health care through the government”.
I told him Obamacare is about helping people get health insurance through private insurance companies, not the government. With health insurance, I said, you can see a doctor, get preventive screenings, and catch any health problems before they get serious.
Then Alex said, “Yeah, but I heard you have to fill out all these forms to get signed up, and they ask you to list all the sexual partners you’ve ever had”.
Whaaaat? My response was to laugh and say, “OMG! That is an outrageous lie! Where did you hear that?”
Alex didn’t know where he had heard this or read it, but it was in his head when he thought about Obamacare.
I explained to Alex that applying for health insurance through Obamacare only requires answering a few questions like “How old are you?” and “How much money do you earn?”
I explained to Alex that he won’t be asked how much he weighs or if he has any health problems. Then I told him about how he will get help with his health insurance premium.
Alex owns a tattoo shop in Tucson and business has been slow over the last few years. He said he doesn’t end up with much money after all his business expenses. I told him he’d probably get a substantial subsidy to help him pay his health insurance premium. I had his interest at this point.
Alex is overweight and he said his friends have been worried he’s going to have a heart attack if he doesn’t take care of himself. He said he has never had health insurance, but he’d sure like to get some so he could get his health checked out.
As we finished up our five minutes together, I told Alex that people are lying about Obamacare so people like him won’t take a look at it. They don’t want him to check out something that might be really good for him – and might even save his life. There are Republican groups telling people not to sign up for health insurance because it is baaaaaad for them.
I guess I shouldn’t be shocked by the lies being used to scare people away from looking at their health insurance options under Obamacare. But it seems immoral for politicians and political groups to try to keep someone like Alex from getting health insurance. They should be ashamed.