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I was scrolling through the Yahoo news feed just now (I know, not the best way to get news), and found four hit pieces on the ACA saying that it will cost more and explode our medical bills. I would just put a comment on an ACA diary, but there does not seem to be one active right now.

  I am sure knowing that site that there are plenty of rabid commenters crying wolf about the nightmare that is the ACA, but as we know, it is helping a lot of people and saving a lot of money, and will help more as long as we keep it going, as we have seen on diaries here.

  I just want to encourage everyone to pay attention to these hit pieces and make an effort to counter them. Whether it is commenting on the stories, or writing articles that can be competitive, something needs to be done to help steer the narrative, so that we are not the only ones who know the truth about the matter.

  I am off to tutor a student. I will check back after to see if I have caught anyone's attention who can help.

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  •  Wrote a comment this morning re: HuffPo (7+ / 0-)

    Sebelius made a comment saying that some policies--for younger people who were now getting fuller coverage--would cost more (because costs couldn't be soaked on women and older folks any more!) The HuffPo headline said "Insurance costs going up" and you had to read way down the article to parse out what she really said and meant. The editor does these things, not the reporter.

    It's very important to read carefully and to hit back immediately when this happens.

  •  Similar story on local morning news today (4+ / 0-)

    Was only half paying attention. But with all seriousness the local anchor reported on a new study out about health care reform saying it showed that the uninsured and the self-insured could end up paying more for their insurance.
    My wife and I looked at each and said "what?"
    So if you were uninsured but now get insurance because of health care reform your premiums might go up?
    Go figure.

    My first thought was that someone or some organization is deciding to start a campaign to poison public opinion against health care reform. Again.

    Blue is blue and must be that. But yellow is none the worse for it - Edith Sidebottom

    by kenwards on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:22:52 PM PDT

  •  The insurance company's don't want to give up. . . (6+ / 0-)

    . . .their precious cash cow. they are jacking up premiums hoping to sway public opinion. But, under the provision they have to spend 80% on premiums or send a rebate check back. So, if this law can stand for just the next  year, when those checks must be paid out, then the tide will turn.

    I got a fat rebate check last year. Incongruously, it was followed by a sharp rate increase, obvious evidence of just what I am talking about.

  •  The corporate media hates Obamacare! Oh, noes! n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    NeverThere, FloridaSNMOM

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 12:44:53 PM PDT

  •  i've been in a debate with a dear friend for (2+ / 0-)
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    FloridaSNMOM, jasan

    months now about how her insurance will NOT go up 100% - she reads the wsj and yahoo news and sfchronicle - all are doing scare tactics big time.

    what i'm hoping for here is one solid diary that debunks all the bunk going around - but the attacks are working.

    my friend is progressive and left - but she and her husband have a small business - their insurance collectively is over ten thousand for the two of them - with ten thousand each deductable.  it is obscene.

    she has good reason to be afraid!  she just had an accident where she suffered a broken arm and ankle - both on her right side.  it put her into a limited workablilty which made it all the more difficult to deal with that $10k out of pocket before her insurance kicked in. what really gets to her and to me are the massive charges that the hospitals, surgeons charge - then negotiate those numbers to a fraction with the insurers.

    it is rigged from the top down with the patient feeling the pain.  while she was still in casts and hurting, the doctors/hospital sent her a letter offering a HUGE discount if she paid out the bill within 30 days - while she was in great pain and under intensive medical care.  now they refuse to reduce the bill by claiming it is "double dipping" (the insurance company has already paid it's share and it would be "too complicated" to reopen the bills to share the discounted payout with the insurance company.

    so... i'm about ready to sit down and read the entire aca and start preparing rebuttals... or maybe we could make it a dk project with each of us taking a section and then researching truth vs scary scary lies.

    thanks for the diary!  now we have our work cut out for us!

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 01:35:13 PM PDT

  •  This is the kind of thing (0+ / 0-)

    that Howard Dean is really good at talking about, and he can get on almost anywhere, because they will want to throw stones at him. He may be focused on the purple to blue movement, but getting some air time would be a good thing for him to do. And as much air time as possible.

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