posted on Oct, 23 2013 @ 12:26 PM
Ok so I was responding to an another thread and one of my source materials ended up being this link and I upon reading it I learned that there are
many things that are repeated here on ATS about Obamacare that are just flat out lies or made up partisan nonsense (so lies). I figured that this
should be posted to dispel some of these myths. Now don't get me wrong, a quick search of my post history will show that I am no fan of Obamacare, but
I also do not condone misrepresenting the facts to get your way (ends justify the means). Below is the link to the article and a few of the more major
"facts" I've seen circulating around here.
PolitiFact: The top 16 myths about
The health care law has "death panels."
Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor, Aug. 7, 2009, in a message posted on Facebook
Back in 2009, it was a popular talking point to claim that the health care law had "death panels" to determine if individuals are worthy of receiving
health care coverage. The claim was widely debunked and named PolitiFact's Lie of the Year.
Sorry no death panels. Lawmakers are going to have amend Obamacare to put them in (this sentence is for the inevitable rebuttal that just because they
aren't there now they won't be there in the future)
Because of Obamacare, health care premiums have "gone up slower than any time in the last 50 years."
President Barack Obama, Oct. 3, 2012, in a presidential debate
The historical data for health care premiums only goes back 14 years; there's no evidence to support the idea that premiums are at a 50-year low.
Overall health care costs have slowed down, but even there, Obama exaggerated the impact of his health care law. Experts say slowing costs are due to
a variety of reasons, including the recent recession. Giving all the credit to the new law overstates the case. We rated the statement False.
I put this one in to show that there are lies from both sides of the aisle. We all know that now that Obamacare is live, premiums are going up now
anyways. Just wanted to be clear that I am not trying to make this a partisan thread.
Congress is exempt from Obamacare.
Chain email, Jan. 6, 2013
Even a few sitting lawmakers have repeated this claim, but it's not true. Congress is not exempt from Obamacare. Like everyone else, lawmakers are
required to have health insurance. They're also required to buy insurance through the marketplaces.
This one has been getting on my nerves ever since I first heard how it was a lie. Even Congressional members are repeating this as truth (like the
quoted text says).
"All non-U.S. citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free health care services."
Chain email, July 28, 2009
The law does not provide free health care to anyone, and especially not to people in the United States illegally. Illegal immigrants cannot enroll in
Medicaid; nor are they eligible to shop in the marketplace for health insurance. Permanent legal residents are eligible for health insurance subsidies
in the marketplace, as are U.S. citizens. Current law says that hospital emergency rooms must stabilize illegal immigrants with medical emergencies,
but that law predates Obamacare. We rated this claim Pants on Fire.
I've seen some of our more notorious members repeat this "truth" a few times. Of course now that the Government shutdown is over, Obama is trying to
legalize 30 million illegals. So this could end up being true through a roundabout way.
"Obamacare is … the largest tax increase in the history of the world."
Rush Limbaugh, June 28, 2012, on his radio show
The radio host and others have claimed that the health care law includes historically high tax increases. While there are new taxes in the health care
law — representing the first significant federal tax increases since 1993 — they are not the largest increases in the history of the United
States, much less the world.
Interesting. I gotta say I believed this one until this article. Anyone care to crunch the numbers to verify the veracity of this?
An Obamacare provision will allow "forced home inspections" by government agents.
Bloggers, Aug. 15, 2013
State lawmakers in South Carolina got this one going by saying they were concerned that the health care law allowed forced home inspections. People
can relax, though: There are no forced home inspections.
Ok this is the one that caused me to post this article to begin with. This lie is getting old and needs to stop circulating.
As you can see there are lies from both sides of the aisle and both sides are responsible for misrepresenting the facts. So fellow ATSers please do
some more fact checking before spewing some random thing you read off of some partisan blog. Deny ignorance, it's more than just the site