Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Anti-Obamacare chain letters flying fast and furious

FalseAffordable Healthcare Act chain letter scare tactics are again rampant and reek of desperation. Their popping up on Facebook as well as in emails. They are not new but resurfacing as Obamacare is being held hostage by the Republican tea party wing in the House of Representatives causing the government to shutdown. This tells you where and why it is resurfacing now.

Most people know it is bunk but there are those that are ordinarily reasonable people that have succumbed to the FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt). They unquestioningly pick up twisted information and just plain lies and spew it as the gospel truth. No checking multiple creditable news websites or sources.

Brainwashed and unwilling to accept any fact no matter the source. Makes you wonder if they would believe it if it were in the Bible. “They can’t handle the truth.”

Here is an example of one posted by a Florida resident Valerie Chamberlain last night and shared as truth by a Facebook Friend (with “likes” added) whose name I won’t reveal here.

These falsehoods repeat on oodles of tea party and right-wing websites. PolitiFact has worked hard to debunk this nonsense.

The chain letter going around:

Still confused why House Republicans want to defund Obamacare?

** Provisions will allow ‘forced’ home inspections by gov’t agents

The idea: fund visits from nurses and social workers to high-risk families to help them develop skills to keep kids healthy, get them ready for school, and prevent child abuse and neglect.

Home-visit programs already existed in 40 states.

Here’s what the Affordable Care Act says: Home-visiting programs must assure they’ll have procedures that ensure “the participation of each eligible family in the program is voluntary.”

** Page 50/section 152: The bill will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.

PolitiFact “Pants of Fire” Obamacare “will provide insurance to all non-U.S. residents, even if they are here illegally.”

It allows U.S. citizens and legal residents to purchase insurance on health insurance exchanges, often receiving tax credits. But none of it applies to people who are here illegally.

** Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an individual’s bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.

The legislative summary says the intent in the section is “to adopt standards for typical transactions” between insurance companies and health care providers.

Edwin Park, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the intent is to set standards for electronic communication between health providers and insurance companies and has nothing to do with an individual’s bank account.

** Page 65/section 164: The plan will be subsidized (by the government) for all union members, union retirees and for community organizations (such as the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – ACORN). 

The legislation says the commissioner “may work with other appropriate entities to facilitate the dissemination of information.” The bill does not mention ACORN or Americorps. The bill also says that the commissioner must publicize the “Exchange-participating health benefits plan options,” which would include private insurance plans.

** Page 203/line 14-15: The tax imposed under this section will not be treated as a tax. 

The IRS will collect the tax but they can’t place a lien or garnish wages to collect it.

** Page 241 and 253: Doctors will all be paid the same regardless of specialty, and the government will set all doctors’ fees.

FALSE: Insurance companies will pay doctors.

**  Page 272. section 1145: Cancer hospital will ration care according to the patient’s age. AGE 76, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR ANY CANCER TREATMENTS.

Neither statement is accurate. There is no rationing, based on age or otherwise, on cancer treatment under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law in March 2010. Likewise, there is no rationing or cut-off age in 2009’s H.R. 3200.

Politifact PANTS ON FIRE: Says “At age 76 when you most need it, you are not eligible for cancer treatment” under Affordable Care Act.

** Page 317 and 321: The government will impose a prohibition on hospital expansion; however, communities may petition for an exception.

Just plain FALSE.

** Page 425, line 4-12: The government mandates advance-care planning consultations. Those on Social Security will be required to attend an “end-of-life planning” seminar every five years. (Death counseling..)

PolitiFact PANTS ON FIRE: McCaughey claims end-of-life counseling will be required for Medicare patients

Older patients diagnosed with cancer need not worry that treatment will be rationed or denied under the Affordable Care Act. The claim is based on an inaccurate reading of a bill that went nowhere. We don’t know where or how the specific age of 76 was added.

But we do know enough to rule this widely debunked and ridiculous-on-its-face statement a Pants on Fire.

** Page 429, line 13-25: The government will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order.

Just plain FALSE as above.

**SEE PolitiFact summary of all this bunk still going around: E-mail ‘analysis’ of health bill needs a check-up

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Education, National, Politics


Comments (3)

Spencer W Chaffin

October 6th, 2013 at 1:50 AM    

Which do you believe. I tend to believe those that are not attempting to force obuma care on to us. If it is so good there would be NO exemptions!!

Ingrid Elena Pavia

October 6th, 2013 at 8:14 PM    

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