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Over the past day or so, there have been two recommended diaries explaining the positive effects of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), on the authors of the diaries or their families.  If you haven't read them, you can read them here and here.  

I am sure that tb92 and Mark E Anderson are not the only users of this website who have felt the positive impact of Obamacare on their lives.  I suspect that many of you have had experiences where you have benefited from the new law (or will soon benefit due to benefits that have yet to start).   We need to make sure that the general public is aware of these stories.    

The Republicans have been engaging in a misinformation campaign about the Affordable Care Act ever since it was passed.  (Remember the "death panels").  And I don't think that they will stop their misinformation campaign anytime soon.  As the provisions of the law go into effect, I fully expect that they will try to convince the American people that the positive changes they are seeing in health care and health insurance are not due to the Affordable Care Act, but are due to Republican opposition to Obamacare, the free market systems, or something else.  And I am sure that the Republicans will blame every negative action taken by an insurance company on the Affordable Care Act.  

We need to make sure that they do not succeed.  And the best way to do this is to make sure that we communicate to others in a very personal way just how the Act has benefited us or our families.  

I am suggesting that we as a community should do the following:

1) When engaging in small talk, we should talk about a very positive experience that we or our family had recently, and then that we should make sure to add that this positive experience happened  because of Obamacare;

2) that we post on Facebook or other social media these positive experiences; and

3) that we write letters to the editor.

We should make sure that we are making these experiences as personal as possible to convince our intended audience that they too will see some benefit from the Affordable Care Act.  Otherwise, given the public fear of the Act, we run the risk that the public will buy the GOP's framing of the Act.  

(P.S.  Yes, I know that the law is not perfect.  And yes, I believe that single payer would be better.  But we are not likely to have single payer anytime soon, and Obamacare is a major improvement of what we had before.)

8:58 PM PT: MRA NY posted a comment regarding a tool that you can use to write a letter to the editor about Obamacare.  While it is a PA tool, MRA NY has tested it and it does work for other zip codes.

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  •  If you are going to write a letter to the editor (6+ / 0-)

    best to write to your smaller local paper rather than a larger regional one.  This makes it more likely that your letter will actually get published.  

    •  Let's Not Pull Punches. If the Big Paper Won't (3+ / 0-)
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      night cat, worldlotus, Tortmaster

      print it at least we tried, but it might. No harm sending to a major outlet.

      The big issues are technical: pick one and only one point to make, use only supporting facts or arguments most or many opponents already accept, and be brief.

      Briefer than "quick." Your paper publishes brevity standards; believe them. This diary is 2-3 times too long for an LTE for most papers that have published my work. 200 words is typical, 150 reasonably common. You can't say much in that space so don't try.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 08:26:24 PM PDT

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  •  when a new program is christened "Obamacare" (3+ / 0-)

    I humbly suggest that President Obama tout its benefits, loudly, and educate the public proactively.

    At the end of the day it has his name attached to it.  He might as well expend a little effort selling it.  I've seen little of that, to be honest.

    Through early morning fog I see visions of the things to be the pains that are withheld for me I realize and I can see...

    by Keith930 on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 08:14:26 PM PDT

    •  I was also quite disappointed with the initial (1+ / 0-)
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      marketing of the law to the public.  It seems like the White House allowed the Republicans to control the frame.

      That is why I think that we need to convince people that the law is a good thing on a one on one basis.  

      •  We Can't Rely on Democrats to Promote Anything (1+ / 0-)
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        including themselves.

        Mid/long term, progressives have to find a way to make contact with the Americans. None of us has proven a way to do that yet.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 08:28:14 PM PDT

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  •  I joined the OFA 'truth team' about a month ago. (7+ / 0-)

    the sole purpose of this 'team' is to spread info about the ACA.  This week they sent me an e-mail with facts about the ACA that they asked we used in letters to the editor.  Below is my letter, with just the intro being mine (I did have to edit (shorten) some items to fit within the 2500 word limit):

    There is so much disinformation throughout the country about Obamacare.  I hope you will take this opportunity to let your readers know the facts about it.  These are some of the benefits of Obamacare:

    • 21.3 currently uninsured Americans will get healthcare coverage.
    • You can’t be denied coverage for preexisting conditions (like asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer). If you get sick or injured, insurance companies can’t cut off your coverage or cancel your plan.
    • If you have children, they can stay on your family health insurance plan until they turn 26.
    • No more dollar limits on your care. You can get the care you need, without having to worry about huge, unexpected medical bills.
    • Your coverage is protected. An unintentional mistake or minor omission on an application can no longer give your insurance company an excuse to cancel your coverage.
    • Medicare now covers a yearly wellness visit and preventive care at no cost to you. This includes cancer, cholesterol and diabetes screenings, immunizations, diet counseling and more.
    • Lower prescription drug costs for Medicare, and the “donut hole” will disappear entirely in 2020 (it’s been slowly closing for a couple years now)
    • Every state will have a Health Insurance Marketplace where people looking for coverage can go online to shop for health insurance.
    • For the first time, there’s help available to pay for health coverage. In fact, many people who buy their plan on the marketplace can get help covering the costs. Low-cost or free plans are also available depending on your income.
    • Small businesses can get tax credits, there are cooperative possibilities to lower costs and many other benefits for the small business owner.
    • Obamacare requires insurance companies to provide preventive care as part of your coverage including: High blood pressure screening, Diabetes screening, Flu shots, Colorectal cancer screening, Tobacco cessation counseling, Depression screening.
    • Services for Women, including: Mammograms, Cervical cancer screening, Osteoporosis screening, Gestational diabetes screening, Well-woman visits
    • Services for Children: Immunizations, including flu shots, Autism screening, Behavioral assessments, Development screening, Obesity screening and counseling
    • Services for Men: Cholesterol screening, Prostate exams
    More info is available at:

    they linked to a site where you put your zip in and EVERY local and regional paper is listed for you to select (you fill in your info and they do the sending).  I'll see if i still have a link.

    "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

    by MRA NY on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 08:20:50 PM PDT

  •  Just saw an article ... (3+ / 0-)
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    chloris creator, Kathy S, night cat

    ... at Yahoo with a title noting that polls show that many people are unaware they can get covered by ObamaCare. We have to chip away at the millions and millions of astro-turf dollars already spent to give the law a bad name. From the article:

    The Field Poll, surveying uninsured, lower-income voters who it said would qualify for coverage, found slightly more than half either did not know it or believed the opposite — that they were not eligible. Forty-eight percent were aware they could qualify, the poll found.

    The margin was even wider for voters currently not covered by an employer or government program but who would qualify for tax credits when purchasing coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which takes full effect next year. Two of three of those voters either did not know about their eligibility for the tax breaks or thought they would not qualify.

    Thanks again, nightcat, for a great diary!

    Rand Paul is to civil liberties as the Disney Channel is to subtle and nuanced acting.

    by Tortmaster on Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 11:47:52 PM PDT

  •  Remind them how bad health care was (2+ / 0-)
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    Kathy S, night cat

    I have heard snide remarks blaming Obama for how expensive health care is.  Reminding people how expensive it was before and that he tried does make a difference.

    by chloris creator on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:05:58 AM PDT

  •  I posted this on my FB page yesterday. (1+ / 0-)
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    night cat
    Thank you, President Obama.

    For the first time I am in the donut hole of Part D, the prescription drug benefit under Medicare. Thanks to Obamacare, my latest prescription was about $450 instead of the almost $900 it would have been without the Affordable Care Act. I have also had free preventative care, including physicals and mammograms the last 2 years thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Thank you, Mr. President, for making my healthcare actually affordable.

    I believe that most people do not realize how the donut hole works or that Medicare did not always cover preventative care such as mammograms so that most people, even those who have entered Medicare in the last 2 years, as well as those who will become eligible soon, do not know that Obamacare has already made Medicare a much better program.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 05:29:38 AM PDT

  •  why not use the USPS to send a campaign-style (1+ / 0-)
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    night cat

    flyer to each and every household to the IRS's list of taxpayers with a bullet list of, say, 25 benefits of Obamacare that too many Americans know nothing about?  

    Why not? I have called, written, texted, tweeted, e-mailed--practically sent this suggestion by carrier pigeon to the Administration and Health and Human Services.  I have left messages on voice mails of supposed "outreach" personnel.

    Crickets after every one.  

    Their assumption that people will get online and investigate Obamacare is delusional, yet they won't use one of the most reliable methods of reaching every household: the United States Postal Service and the IRS.

    It's very frustrating.

    If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

    by livjack on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 05:42:34 AM PDT

    •  This is a great idea but it will cost $ and (0+ / 0-)

      it would probably take a real effort to get this funded.  

      But I think that it is worth the effort to try to get this done because it would help quite a bit.    And I have some other ideas how you can get your idea out there.  

      Have you tried starting an on line petition to the "we the people" website.  it seems to me that this would be a way to get the White House to notice if you are able to get enough signatures.

      You may also want to diary this idea so that more of the community will be aware of it.  (and if you decide to do a petition reference it in your diary so people on this website can sign it)

      You may also want to e-mail it to broadcasters like Rachel Maddow or columnists such as Eugene Robinson to see if any of them pick it up.  

  •  I need some info on ACA...and the "exchanges" (0+ / 0-)

    There has been some talk about the "national healthcare exchange"

    If a person lives in FloriDUH, has no money for healthcare,
    can she still sign up on the "national exchange" get healthcare subsidized bt Govt even though they live in FloriDUH??

    Inquiring jobless girlfriend looking for answers...

    "You can't think and surf at the same time" Yogi Surfdog

    by surfdog on Fri Aug 23, 2013 at 09:36:51 AM PDT

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