Cross-posted at ACA SignupsOver the past 7 months, plenty of healthcare reporters, insurance executives and political pundits have started following this site and/or my Twitter feed. For the most part the ones I know of tend to be either of unknown ideology or left-leaning, but there's also a substantial number of Republican, Conservative, Libertarian or other wise right-leaning types, and that's fine.
I've butted heads publicly with a few of these folks. In some cases they've presented honest, intelligent disagreement; in others they've spewed tired, BS talking points. Here's a great opportunity to prove whether you're dealing an intellectually honest hand or not. I present you with the following (thanks to Jed Lewison for the tip):
MCCONNELL: KY. EXCHANGE UNCONNECTED TO HEALTH LAWI'm well aware that Kynect employees and advocates have been reluctant to use the "Obamacare" word, or even the less-"controversial" terms "ACA" or "Affordable Care Act" or even "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act" (even though that's the actual name of the law). Hell, a recent Marist poll showed that sure enough, only 22% of KY residents oppose "Kynect" while a whopping 56% oppose "Obamacare", even though it's the same f*cking law. Even KY Governor Steve Beshear, the chief supporter of the state's extremely successful ACA exchange, hasn't gone out of his way to correct this rather idiotic bit of ignorance.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell says he would try to repeal the Affordable Care Act if he's elected Senate majority leader.
But the veteran senator won't say what would happen to the 413,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the state's health care exchange.
McConnell told reporters Friday that the fate of the state exchange is unconnected to the federal health care law. Yet the exchange would not exist, if not for the law that created it.
Now, supporters of the law in Kentucky have a very good reason for keeping mum about the connection: They want people to have access to healthcare coverage even if the recipient is too intellectually lazy (or, gasp, racist?) to perform the most rudimentary research on the subject:
A middle-aged man in a red golf shirt shuffles up to a small folding table with gold trim, in a booth adorned with a flotilla of helium balloons, where government workers at the Kentucky State Fair are hawking the virtues of Kynect, the state’s health benefit exchange established by Obamacare.That brings us to the Mitch McConnell story above. Senator Turtle just flat-out lied about the fact that Kynect is Obamacare. He didn't exaggerate or tell a half-truth; he told a bald-faced lie about it.
The man is impressed. “This beats Obamacare I hope,” he mutters to one of the workers.
“Do I burst his bubble?” wonders Reina Diaz-Dempsey, overseeing the operation. She doesn’t. If he signs up, it’s a win-win, whether he knows he’s been ensnared by Obamacare or not.
So, here's my challenge to you, Conservative Pundits: Will you tell your readers at Forbes, HotAir, the Daily Caller, NewsMax and (dare I say it) FOX News the truth? Will you state point-blank with no equivocation that Kynect, Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are all the same Goddamned law?
Here, I'll make it easy for you; here's a simple graphic for you to share:
Let's see how often that graphic shows up on right-wing sites over the next few weeks.