This is going to be a short diary on a situation I'm seeing more and more in Florida concerning ACA and what is being told to a few individuals that don't know anything about the law other than its name being "Obamacare" when they bring up the issue of healthcare with their doctor...
Maybe it is the state I currently occupy with its corruption seeping from the State Capitol down the line to local businesses who are fearful of the coming changes and possible election results of 2012 that are pushing these arguments.
You know, doing their part to undermine the general populace support of the Affordable Care Act , pushing fear on those most vulnerable in Florida - the elderly. I really cannot put much past Rick Scott - referred by many acquaintances as "Voldermort" but I don't know if I can lay blame solely at his destructive feet for what is happening here.
Many of my elderly acquaintances knowing my party affiliation and support of ACA (Obamacare) have started coming to me for answers - because apparently this 'poisonous' fear pill about the evil "Obamacare" is also being pushed out by the local doctors.
Misunderstanding or misleading... you decide. Here's the latest email I received from someone today:
I'm not emailing this to anyone only you. but two strange things have happened within the last two weeks, first the eye doctor at eye assoc. told Nick and I in 5 years most of what he does will not be covered, and said it was from Obamacare, yesterday when I went to the doctor and asked her if a need a Pap test she said the new guide lines will not cover it for women over 80, now tell me this is a good thing, only trying to figure things out, I just don't see where this new healthcare is going to be good, give me your opinion. It might have been good if someone really took the time to read the whole thing, it just scares me, and you and I are open minded enough to discuss this.
This email pushes a few alarms in my overly taxed noggin - especially the '5 years' comment from the Ophthalmologist. I read a similar statement right after the Supreme Court upheld ACA on Facebook. Well... similar in the whole 'scare the crap out of you' sort of way that Facebook posts go (please excuse the quick image link posts, really wanted to get this out as soon as possible). I blocked the names of friends and those taking part to protect their identity.
The issue this November of Health Care is critical in Florida. We really need to push out the benefits, and correct the misleading that is actively being pushed by Politicians, our ill informed friends, and apparently our Doctors we go to see for treatment.
To me though... it truly is shocking that doctors are literally misleading their patients.
The point of this diary is to inform others of this situation and help pool together information to help fight this. Please leave helpful information in the comments. Better yet, help educate your friends and family about what is and what is not covered under ACA.