Jon Stewart Shows That Everyone Got Some Facts Wrong About The Affordable Care Act

Jon Stewart points out that Barack Obama’s statements on keeping one’s own insurance were false because there were exceptions which he should have mentioned but failed to do so. Video above. He also points out, as I did yesterday, that the Republicans have lied quite a bit more with regards to health care reform.

Unfortunately Obama isn’t helping himself with his latest explanation. He needs to admit his mistake and move on.

What is important now is not whether there are some exceptions to the claim that everyone can keep their current insurance policy but that few are actually harmed, along with  how we are much better off with the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Benefits such as subsidies for insurance premiums and receiving more comprehensive care will actually wind up saving  money for most people whose current health care coverage is terminating. Insurance companies did also have the option of grandfathering in many of the people whose plans are being dropped, and are required to offer alternative plans.

The Affordable Care Act also guarantees that many people who would have been at risk of having their policies terminated if they developed medical problems no longer face that risk. In addition, people who could not purchase insurance in the past due to pre-existing conditions will now be able to. Other benefits include being able to keep dependent children on their parents policies until age 26 and coverage of preventative studies.

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    Beach Bum says:

    This is so wrong but when I hear one of the marching morons screech about those without health care can just go to an emergency room I often wish they get put in that very position.   

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    Conrad says:

     “Benefits such as subsidies for insurance premiums and receiving more comprehensive care will actually wind up saving  money for most people whose current health care coverage is terminating. ”
    This is simply untrue.  Most of the people being kicked off of their current coverage are facing considerably greater costs going forward under an exchange plan (assuming they can even get enrolled).   And that’s taking into account the subsidies, which in many instances amount to only $10-$20 month.
     
    Of course, you won’t post this comment because it doesn’t fit your pre-ordained narrative that Obamacare is wonderful in every respect. 

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    Ron Chusid says:

    I almost didn’t post this, only because your facts are so far off, even by the standards of other conservative misinformation on this topic. Besides, if you bothered to read the blog you would see that the narrative is hardly that Obamacare is wonderful in every respect. There are many flaws which I have discussed. However it remains far better than the Republican alternatives.

    You have it backwards about the subsidies. They are substantially over $10-$20 per month. I believe you got this confused with the fact that a substantial number of people will get their coverage for $10 to $20 per month, and many get it for free. Most people will save money. Those, such as myself, who will have to pay more still get a huge benefit–the fact that the insurance can no longer be cancelled based upon medical issues. We also save money because of more comprehensive policies which cover things our old policies didn’t cover.

    It should also be able to get coverage through the exchanges this month. If not, it is possible to obtain the insurance, with all the benefits of Obamacare, directly thorough insurance companies and bypass the exchanges.

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