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During the years of the George W. Bush administration a new modus operandi was forged for the GOP through both actions and (even on a couple of occasions) direct statements: "Facts are irrelevant." Since the 2008 election many of the loudest voices in the the GOP (and their media cheerleaders) have pursued that approach with gusto. Perhaps their greatest monument to that practice has been in characterizing the Affordable Care Act ("ACA" aka "Obamacare"). The result has been a confused citizenry that is uncertain whether lies, repeated after being dis-proven, must somehow be true. That can be seen in many of the recent man on the street interviews and polls that have gone viral – perhaps the most telling among them are the ones asking people the ignorance-revealing question if they like "the Affordable Care Act" better than "Obamacare".

LIES by callmesickgirl

It's hard to discuss the facts around issues like these without being labeled "politically biased"… and I fully admit my political views are usually liberal. But the saying that "reality has a liberal bias" seems to be more true with every passing day, I'm sad to say (really!). My own politics also means I have my own bones to pick with the ACA and its half-assed, market-based approach to the problem which continues to make our collective health a profit-based commodity. Many of the comments in my recent poll on "preferred approach to health care" illustrate just how much mis-information is flying around. So as a public service I'd like to point everyone to a few helpful links that clarify some of the chief factual distortions and outright lies that are muddying the waters of our recent national discussion around the ACA.

Caring for Dementia by carts

Please note I might try to chime in on a few of the comments, but there ain't no way in Hades I'm going to be able to engage in a discussion with everyone. My goal here is to try and find reliable and verifiable resources that are fact-based. It's a sad reality that, while the Internet affords us so many more news sources than we've known in the past, so much of that information is tainted or willfully misleading. So understanding all of the news we get requires more effort than ever as we have to do our own vetting. So I invite you to vet any of the claims in these listings on your own… just remember, finding an opposing view or statement is easy, but it doesn't always count as verifying your information. When in doubt you can always go to the source:

The Affordable Care Act, section-by-section: www.hhs.gov/healthcare/rights/…

OK, here's your quick resources for trying to make sense of some of the more contentious issues:

Politifact's List of the Top 16 Myths about the Health Care Law:
www.politifact.com/truth-o-met…

Media Matter's List of 15 Myths The Media Should Ignore During Obamacare Implementation:
mediamatters.org/research/2013…

Politifact's List of 10 Things Obamacare Supporters say that aren't Entirely True:
www.politifact.com/truth-o-met…

FactCheck.org's Obamacare Myths:
www.factcheck.org/2013/09/obam…

Some of you may be inclined to respond to these lists by killing the messenger (the media source). I ask you politely to refrain from that approach if you choose to comment and instead address the presented facts with your own supported fact-based challenges. To do otherwise is simply to avoid the issue all together.

Bottom line: I hope those of all political stripes that are confused by the swirl of "fact-like-info", truthiness, and spin on the ACA will get a clearer view of what it is and what it is not. But don't take my word for it... or these links. THINK! Do your homework and look at every voice with healthy skepticism tempered by reason.
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dana-redde Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Brave soul. I wasn't going to touch some of those idiotic comments with a ten foot pole.

The worst part is the media going along with the pusillanimous and false "well, if only the Democrats would give an inch!" narrative.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's sad and frustrating that, in the court of public opinion, "truth" can be so malleable. Coming from a science background where "just making shit up" yields broken results, I find I keep beating my head against this problem... like it should do something. Like a lightbulb will go on over people's head when they suddenly see verifiable facts. But no... all it's really yielded is an increasingly bloodied head. And I'm left reeling, feeling like I'm in a work sinking into madness....

Madness scares me. It should scare everyone.... at least those with a shred of sanity left.

*sigh* My head hurts.
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent journal post! 
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Sadly I'm not sure how much good it will do in the face of the mis-information storm... and all the mindless parrotting of said blather.
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep... It's kinda the same thing I run into with people saying ___________ must be true because they saw it online. It's sad that people don't do more research and find out the truth (as much as can be found) for themselves. It seems that, now that information is so readily available on the internet, some people find it funny to supply untruths rather than just keep their mouths shut. 

And the parroting! My god!....

Yeah... I could really rant. But, I won't. 
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well you'd be preaching to the choir anyway ;)  Yeah, the Internet provides more "news" than ever before... but the problem is that it's not all delivered with the same journalistic standards. There's lots of "designer news" out there - Right AND Left - designed to reinforce a pre-existing opinion. It's up to all "responsible" citizens to vet their news and to maintain a healthy skepticism... but so few do that.
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Ravens-Eye-Studio Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Sadly, this is very true. 
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
The only concern I've ever really had about the ACA is the cost. I would hope that it will be amortized over many years with as little impact as possible on me, which I am fairly certain that the lawmakers who created it have considered. But it still concerns me, naturally.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Do you mean the cost of government subsidies and how they could effect taxes or are you talking about the cost of insurance premiums? One things obvious: if Congress delays or repeals the Medical Device Tax, it kicks out one of the legs that the law stands on and increases the probability that the ACA might demand more from the average citizen's pocket. You can't take the gas tank off a car and expect it to get too far.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Taxes, mostly. The law is supposed to cost several billion, IIRC. I'd like to know there's a plan in place to spread this cost over many decades like NASA does with its various missions. I'm pretty sure there is, but I'm still curious.

From what I've read, premiums are variable, but because the law doesn't force you to use the government plan, you can still use your insurance company if the premium is lower, so I'm not that worried about this end.
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