5 Obamacare 'Myths' That Are (at Least Partly) True

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Five Obamacare Rumors That Are (At Least Partly) True
In the weeks since the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare," debates have raged over what the law will mean and how it will affect the average American. Last week, I explored several myths about the health care reform law. Generally, they were based on mischaracterizations that opponents of the law used in their attempts to discredit it.

But some of the rumors about the PPACA contain at least a grain of truth -- and some of the law's requirements may have unintended consequences. With that in mind, here's a look at five Obamacare rumors that are at least partly true -- and some of the ways that those may affect you.



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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Dr Ryan Anderson

Obamacare will not Crush or Wipe Out alternative medicine. Insurance companies have barely paid us for years. Many practices like my own have a majority cash paying patient base to rely on. It is unfortunate that they continue to consider screenings as prevention when they are simply detection for early treatment. There's nothing preventative about it.

For those interested in more info on how some Chiropractors are preparing for Obamacare you can reference a blog I wrote on the subject. http://trestleschiropractic.com/blog/obamacare-may-be-taking-away-your-san-clemente-chiropractic-coverage

October 25 2013 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
songbirdgray

OBAMA CARE IS A BIG MISTAKE NO MATTER HOW YOU SLICE IT, WE CAN DO BETTER AND STILL HAVE THE BEST CARE IN THE WORLD IF THEY CAN REFORM IT THE RIGHT WAY, INSTEAD OF SOCIALIZING AND RATIONING IT AND BREAKING THE ECONONY IN THE PROCESS. THE SENIORS WILL SUFFER THE MOST FROM THE "MONEY" PANEL OF BUREAUCRATS IN WASHINGTON, WHO WILL ANSWER TO NO ONE FOR WHAT THEY RATION OUT! NOT TO MENTION THE WAIT FOR A DOCTOR , IF A DOCTOR WILL SEE YOU OR TAKE YOUR MEDICARE.

October 02 2012 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peter

My wife had to have a procedure performed as an outpatient at a local hospital. The procedure took all of ten minutes. The hospital called the morning of the procedure to verify her insurance coverage. They said that the charge for the procedure was $12,000. With our insurance coverage, the bill was "discounted" to $7,000 and we were responsible for a co-pay of $680.

My wife told the nurses and her doctor of the charges. None of them had any idea as to what the procedure costs and they were all shocked to learn of what the hospital was charging. This is what is wrong with healthcare. There is no transparency and doctors often prescribe expensive treatments when there is a less expensive alternative.

August 07 2012 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DAVID

What about that so called 1% fee on all bank transactions?

July 23 2012 at 11:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jean

I heard this today from a "former" Obama supporter. I have been looking for the origin of this Myth/lie since. Do you know where it came from??

October 18 2012 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tailgatrz

Not that someone getting hired is a bad thing, but I cannot join the band wagon and say increased Part time jobs is anything to cheer about. Part time jobs can actually hurt sometimes more than it helps. Kind of like an untrained medic giving aid out of pure kindness. But what if you aid in a way that hurts them. Much like a starving refugee. Someone out of kindness wants to feed them, but feeding them the wrong way could do more damage than good. It is where feeling for good and thinking for good collide. A Part time job when it is a stepping stone or temorary is fine, As long as the Politicians STATE that they are PART TIME and NOT say look how many JOBS were created. The Facade of jobs created will hurt our Country more than the truth. I want to stay positive, but fake optimisim is just that. And the lie will always loose in the end. Whether it is our freedom or future. Look at Nazi Germany, they pushed lies daily, IT WORKED, but still lost in the end. The real question is how long will it take for the lie to backfire. Long enough for "CHANGE"?

July 20 2012 at 2:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
groucho3710

Without going into the specifics of Obamacare, I have to say, I'm amazed that so many people who found it perfectly okay to spend around two billion bucks a month (I think) on wars that were not even counted in the budget to make them look better (i.e. cheaper) think it's a scandal to actually spend money in an attempt to make this country's citizens healthier. And maybe part of the reason why state programs went broke was because we're still using the business model to deliver health care and have to make sure the guys at the top get their cut before anything else is done. Medicare operates with a very slim overhead and is managing so far. It's not so bad that the guys running big megacorporations make their millions, people can usually stop using their products or switch to someone else's. But it's not so easy to shop around when you're sick and would have to spend 10 years in school to find out how to treat your own condition, by which time you'd be dead. Health care is a whole different type of thing, it's more like a utility where you pretty much have to have it to survive, and choice isn't as big a deal as access and reliability.

July 20 2012 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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shalebrook

It's not the concept of better universal healthcare that angers us. It is the costly healthcare program, funded largely by hidden taxes that Obama said would not be included as part of the funding. furthermore, there are no incentives for suppliers to trim their costs. In short, it is a crappy ill conceived and expensive law that is vey ill timed if you consider the economy we are in.

Finally, it exposes Obama once again as a liar. He pointedly and repeatedly =aid that there would be new taxes associated with this law. He lied.

July 20 2012 at 1:35 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Pllc15

Some of the union members who have free medical care under a Cadillac plan will be taxed on the free premium I believe by 2018, or given a 4 -5 year extension from the basic schedule starting in 2013. This was a deal worked out between SEIU and the Obama administration to get them on board. Then there were the deals that went bust with Nebraska and Louisiana (Cornhusker Kickback" and the "Louisiana Purchase" ) who correctly declined, following suits from 12 states, Sen. Reid's rider to exempt Nebraska from funding their own Medicaid and Louisiana with additional federal funding the Katrina recovery if the two states agreed to vote for the bill. This whole process stunk of corruption given the unequal treament and corruption at the outset to get this bill approved.

July 20 2012 at 12:30 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ragtopdaz

More of Obama's grand ideas of giving away more or your tax dollars...


The Mexican government has been distributing information about the U.S. food stamp program through its embassy and dozens of consular offices, a partnership that one Republican senator says is the latest example of an "aggressive" push to "expand enrollment regardless of need."

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, raised concerns about the program in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack -- one week after he complained about a Spanish-language ad campaign encouraging residents to go on food stamps.

The USDA ended the campaign following criticism, but Sessions warned in his letter that the U.S.-Mexico partnership is a symptom of the same approach.

His concern -- that Mexican immigrants are being guided toward government assistance instead of "gainful employment."

July 20 2012 at 12:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ambacengineering

Is it really a problem HOW eligible people learn about the food stamp program? Does ti matter if they learn of it from the Mexican consulate, their next-door neighbor, or a Martian? One would think the issue is how many are now eligible and collecting, not how they heard of it.

July 22 2012 at 3:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ragtopdaz

"Like the old saying goes you can lead a horse to water but cant make them drink."
Same goes for the generations of leaches that have been living off of the tax payers backs, you can find them a job but can't make them work.
Hard working people have had to make sacrifices in their spending and comforts. Cutting back on the food they eat as well as getting a second job to make ends meet.
Yet these people on welfare continue to pump out kids, have free housing, free food, free medical care,free housing, free schooling for their kids,free schooling for themselves, nice cool houses thanks to the freeA/C.
Then we have a few who do work a week or two out of the year, they pay $500.00 in taxes and receive $7000.00 in their tax returns because they have kids..
Just more dead beats living off of the tax payers backs. Whether you like it or not they come into your home every day and take money out of your wallet to live off of.

July 20 2012 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ragtopdaz

While Americans without health insurance struggle with the problem of how to pay for medical care, Mexicans don't have that problem. They just ride in a Mexican ambulance across the border to a hospital in Arizona, New Mexico, California or Texas, and get free medical treatment.
The costs are currently paid by a combination of socking the taxpayers in those four border states plus inflating prices for patients who pay their own bills, insurance companies and Medicaid.

This ridiculous situation is caused by a combination of U.S. officials allowing the Mexican cars to cross our border plus the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which mandates that U.S. hospitals with emergency-room services treat anyone who shows up for care including illegal aliens. This unfunded mandate was legislated by a Congress that closed its eyes to the costs.

We are not just talking about Mexicans who may have had an accident close to the border. We are talking about Mexicans with serious health problems who are deliberately sent to the United States after Mexican hospitals discover they can't pay for services and have no insurance.

Who pays for this free service?? Not the Government but the tax payers.

July 20 2012 at 11:32 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Joe

Actually it's not tax payers that pay,.....it's the people buying private insurance, either group or individual policies. It's cost shifting, and I guess you can look at like a tax.

July 20 2012 at 12:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Joe

Since the Gov. forces hospitals to treat anyone for free they should allow the bills to be sent to DC and not cost shifted to the private insurance sector. People also forget that Medicaid doesn't pay hardly anything and Medicare isn't much better. Basically the Gov has forced the private insurance sector to subsidize indigents, Medicaid, and Medicare. Then the Gov heaps on a bunch of mandates, then on top of that blames the private insurance sector for everything, when in fact the Gov caused most of the problems with rate increases in the private insurance sector. It's laughable and 99% of Americans are totally clueless.

July 20 2012 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply