Thursday, November 21, 2013

Winning the Obamacare Thanksgiving Debate

Here's everything you need.

Point: Obamacare forced people to lose insurance plans.

Counterpoints:  People were already having policies cancelled before the ACA.  Get sick and you're out.
                        The plans that are no longer allowed are substandard plans.  Only fools would want them.
                        The solution to plans being cancelled should have been a public option.  But Congress didn't want that.

Point: Premiums are increasing.

Counterpoints: And premiums weren't increasing before the ACA?  What planet have you been on?
                       Cheaper, better plans are available now.
                       Better plans cost more than bad plans.  Bad plans are now illegal.
                       Younger people who have insurance through their employers have always carried the burden for the older people.  No one complained about that.  So stop complaining about the ACA.
                       The dreaded public option would help with this, too.

Point: Individual mandate is unconstitutional.

Counterpoints: This was a Republican idea from day one.  Take your complaints to them.
                       Supreme Court has upheld the law.
                       We were already paying for the uninsured through the back door with sky-rocketing premiums. The mandate is a cheaper way.
                       There is a better way than a mandate.  It's called single-payer.  (like Medicare)

Point: The bad website startup will be fatal to Obamacare.

Counterpoints: Take this complaint to the Republican governors who fought the ACA instead of getting their state ready to implement it.  In some forward-looking states, health care enrollment is working just fine.
                       Red states have been lousy at educating their people how to become enrolled.
                       During the Romneycare rollout, the younger people waited until the last minute to enroll.  We can't expect it to be much different at the national level.

Point: Obamacare is killing jobs.

Counterpoints: The Bureau of Labor Statistics sees no evidence that the ACA has any effect on part-time workers who are seeking full-time jobs.
                       The ACA pays for itself and cuts the federal budget in the process.  You don't like that?
Final Zingers: People are going to needlessly die in states with GOP governors who refuse the Medicaid expansion.  The ACA isn't the best way to provide health care.  It would be better to remove the costly middlemen and have Medicare for all.  Medicare has a 60 percent approval rating.

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