Bette was an otherwise unidentified Washington state resident featured in the official GOP response to the Obama speech delivered by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.). According to Rodgers, Bette had written her a letter stating that she had “hoped the president’s healthcare law would save her money – but found out instead that her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month.” The lesson, according to Rodgers: “This law is not working.”
NOTE: Someone reading is likely to bring up credibility questions concerning the author, Michael Hiltzik. The accusations of reading the emails of coworkers and his reassignment from the Moscow division of the Los Angeles Times took place in 1993. Guilty or innocent, I cannot say as I know nothing about the particulars. It is interesting to read the New York Times article about the episode because they felt the necessity to define the term email. You can read that here.
Mr. Hiltzik’s Pulitizer prize for beat reporting in a series on corruption in the music industry was in 1999. In 2004, he received a Gerald Loeb Award for his contributions to financial journalism. Guilty or not in 1993, his work since has been deemed credible and highly regarded.
What bothers me is that there are enough legitimate problems with and criticisms about the Affordable Care Act or what has been labeled as Obamacare. A few of the problems are quite simple fixes, but others will be hard as heck to deal with even if everyone could agree. It shouldn’t shock anyone that medical care ain’t simple with definitive answers all the time.
Second Note: Please read the Hiltzik article linked in the first line before my remarks.
The criticisms often depend upon one’s own experience or ideology. If you feel like the old system let you down or cheated you, obviously you welcome any change. If you were healthy or had no unfavorable dealings then why upset the status quo? Those criticisms are legitimate in my opinion because they are based on whether or not you feel better served. Of course there will be disagreements, but of course we are all not the same.
Liking or disliking the Affordable Care Act, however, should not rest upon one’s opinion of Barack Obama. Yes he did say that you could keep your plan and your doctor. That is not situation for some. Apart from being able to identify a single individual to blame, has the situation changed? Have insurers changed or cancelled plans previously? Have doctors and other medical providers changed what plans they accept over the course of their practices? Of course they did, and did anyone prevent those entities from making those changes?
Somewhere, somehow, someone or something has been involved in your health care choices. You or I might not like it, but it was true 10 years ago and it is true today.
Instead of attacking or trying to fix the actual problems or addressing the legitimate criticisms, many opponents prefer to lie and make mountains out of molehills. Obama lied with his statement, and we knew it was a lie. Nothing changed because of that lie and those arguing different must consider that if one was truly influenced by that single statement they have absolutely zero experience in the real world with working individuals.
Now those people without any connections to working individuals in the real world are creating their own lies to sway opinions. Why believe them? Seriously, if they are incapable of finding flaws in this law that they feel it necessary to construct these monuments of falseness how capable are they, and are they actually representing you and me?