The 5 Biggest Obamacare Myths Explored, Explained and Debunked

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Recently, in the wake of the Supreme Court's favorable ruling on Obamacare, I wrote an article explaining what it would mean to the average middle class family. Almost immediately, the floodgates opened: The piece received more than 1,500 comments and my e-mail inbox filled up with questions from readers.

It's not surprising that there's a lot of confusion about the impact that the health care reform law will have: the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is an almost-unreadable 955 pages of densely-written government-speak. To make matters more muddled, opponents of the act have spent much of the last three years spreading disinformation about it, and framing it as a brutal attack on our freedom.

By and large, most of the questions I received revolved around five specific myths about the law. As with all good stories, most of these myths have at their cores some tenuous connection with the facts, but either misinterpret or cynically mischaracterize them.

Let's cut through the confusion: Here are the five biggest myths surrounding America's new health care plan:


Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at@bruce1971.

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bobh108

Horsefeathers, wcarterea. Please share the source of your "facts" about the relationship between high tax rates and economic growth.

September 15 2013 at 5:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wcarterea

It is so rediculus for people to pu out eroneous information that a few percentage points added to the wealthest Americans tax bracket would stop groth of the economy. Wake up,. Do you remember whet tax rate were as high as seventy percent? Did the economy grw with seventy percent rates.? Enough said.

November 30 2012 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Courtney18

Most people would not like to have insurance; most people would like to have access to healthcare (response to dmurphy861). Health insurance is not automatically access to healthcare. Los Angeles County is gearing up for the dollars from this program to "provide" services to hundreds and thousands of patients, all without adding much needed hospitals and personnel to provide these services. So in reality, this bill is just reducing access and quality. Doctors went from spending quality time in assessment and treatment for patients to 8 minutes of snap judgements and pill writing - after you wait months for an appointment. The best efficient and economical formula to provide health services is to put on the nonprofit market fixed grants to provide services. We have that practice for years in the mental health world and it is excellent in quality and caps out the rising costs. This system also makes the patient and the health personnel more accountable because the focus is on treatment and not numbers.

September 22 2012 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DKel

Most people would not like to have insurance; most people would like to have access to healthcare (response to dmurphy861). Health insurance is not automatically access to healthcare. Los Angeles County is gearing up for the dollars from this program to "provide" services to hundreds and thousands of patients, all without adding much needed hospitals and personnel to provide these services. So in reality, this bill is just reducing access and quality. Doctors went from spending quality time in assessment and treatment for patients to 8 minutes of snap judgements and pill writing - after you wait months for an appointment. The best efficient and economical formula to provide health services is to put on the nonprofit market fixed grants to provide services. We have that practice for years in the mental health world and it is excellent in quality and caps out the rising costs. This system also makes the patient and the health personnel more accountable because the focus is on treatment and not numbers.

September 22 2012 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DKel

Most people would not like to have insurance; most people would like to have access to healthcare (response to dmurphy861). Health insurance is not automatically access to healthcare. Los Angeles County is gearing up for the dollars from this program to "provide" services to hundreds and thousands of patients, all without adding much needed hospitals and personnel to provide these services. So in reality, this bill is just reducing access and quality. Doctors went from spending quality time in assessment and treatment for patients to 8 minutes of snap judgements and pill writing - after you wait months for an appointment. The best efficient and economical formula to provide health services is to put on the nonprofit market fixed grants to provide services. We have that practice for years in the mental health world and it is excellent in quality and caps out the rising costs. This system also makes the patient and the health personnel more accountable because the focus is on treatment and not numbers.

September 22 2012 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dmurphy861

Most people that don't have health insurance would like to have it. The reason people do not buy health insurance is simply that they can not afford it. Now comes a new tax that says if you don't buy health insurance you are going to be subject to a "TAX". Paying this tax does not get you health insurance, it is only a penalty because you didn't and of course you didn't because you couldn't afford it to begin with. Now that a person paid the tax do you think a person is going to be any more able to buy the insurance, no. Where does this tax go - it goes into the general fund, not a medicare fund. The IRS has already indicated it is not going to enforce this part of Obama Care which of course was one of the many reasons given that it would be self supporting "paid for". It will not be paid for it will be one more reason our national debt will climb which eventually will be our complete collapse and then we'll all be in the streets like Greece.

You want to help save the medical system in this country have county, public hospitals refuse to treat patients in the emergency room unless they are true emergencies and refer these people to neighborhood walk in clinics which most public hospitals have located in their communities and if they don't encourage them to build such clinics. Doctors who owe student loans should be able to work off those loans treating these patients. There are dozens of ways to do this economically without causing the complete collapse of the country I grew up in.

September 20 2012 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Courtney18

1) When someone takes out a student loan, it is repaid with interest; so why would that doctor have to "work off " these loans treating indigent clients? If the doctor was going to be forgiven for the loans, then yes.

September 22 2012 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
esword2020

huff why is it that nomatter how i vote up or down its an anti obama when i vote u need to fix

September 12 2012 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
moon

This article is nothing but left-wing propaganda!

August 15 2012 at 2:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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esword2020

ur just to stupid to listen to reason

September 12 2012 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
esword2020

ur just to stupid to listen to reason

September 12 2012 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HOn3Modeler

His bogus spinning of this mess is making me sick!

July 19 2012 at 7:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ha6ai

AOL/HuffPuff doubles-down on its LIES about Obamacare.

When is it going to fire this Obama-propandist and stop twisting and dishonestly twisting the truth?

Fire Bruce Watson and stop trying to sell the obscenity of Obamacare to your readers!

July 15 2012 at 3:20 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply