Sunday, September 29, 2013
A Public Service Announcement
There is so much misinformation, disinformation and outright lies about the Affordable Care Act being disseminated to low information voters.
The Blog talked about this in his last post.
According to the right-wing noise machine, the evil government is spending around $700,000 (seven hundred thousand dollars) to advertise "Obamacare."
I don't know if that is true or not.
I haven't seen any ads, on the TV or otherwise. Have you?
But, Mallard Fillmore™ says it's true.
Because, if you need your right-wing world view validated, who better to turn to than a cartoon duck?
*Interesting thing about this particular strip...
Mr. Tinsdale usually sources his claims, no matter how ridiculous. Even though those sources are usually Fox "News," WSJ or Breitbart.com.
There is no such sourcing on this claim.*
True or not, it is true that the billionaire Koch brothers, through a front group called "Generation Opportunity" has spent millions producing, and buying ad time for, two commercials designed to urge young people to not seek out affordable health insurance.
The ads feature a creepy, rapey, Uncle Sam, "playing doctor," with unsuspecting coeds.
You can read up on these ads and watch both of them here.
It's a strange position to take.
Big Pharma and Big Insurance will both profit, greatly, from the implementation of the ACA.
So, why the opposition?
The only reason that I can think of for the billionaire masters of the right-wing to be spending so much money trying to convince people, especially young people, to "opt-out" (a lie, in itself) of health insurance, is so horrifying that I can't bring myself to accept it.
I expect that we will get back to this subject at another time.
I got my weekly paystub in today's mail. Included in the envelope was a letter from the payroll company that pays me on behalf of my employers.
It is "Part A" from the Department of the Treasury, explaining the ACA Marketplace, and whether it is something that I need to know about it.
It explains the Marketplace aspect of the ACA in plain English.
If you are a payrolled employee, you may have already seen this. If you are not, give it a look. It may help you understand what "Obamacare" is actually about.
I am sharing it with you, now, as a public service.
There is a "Part B." If your payroll company is as good as mine, that form has been filled out with your own information.
(That is why I am not posting that form, here.)
A quick glance will tell you if you do or don't qualify for the Marketplace offerings.
If you do not qualify, you are already, properly, insured. You do nothing further.
If you do qualify, all you have to do is mail the "Part B" form back to where it came from and you will be told what to do to find the policy that is best for you.
Seriously. How could anyone be opposed to that?