But what is the real story of ACA and what are the legitimate complaints against it?
According to a story in the New Republic (Cohn, 2010, p. 1) the Republican Party and Tea Party members have made hay this election season by attacking ACA. The GOP attacks ACA, Cohn writes, because it allegedly “cut $500 billion from Medicare” and because it takes away the rights of citizens who presently have a healthcare policy from seeing the doctor of their choice. In fact, the ACA “actually strengthens Medicares guaranteed benefits,” says Kaisers Health News editor Marilyn Werber Serafini, quoted by Cohn in the article. The Affordable Care Act makes preventative care “free” and covers “a greater share of seniors prescription drugs, Serafini explains.
What about the accusation that what were really seeing here is a government takeover of health care — an idea most seniors abhor? At the informational town hall sessions in 2009 those opposed carried signs claiming the law amounted to socialism and fascism, some pictured Obama as Hitler, and many shouted “socialism” and “government takeover” while interrupting speakers at these town hall meetings.
The truth is that ACA strengthens the “existing employer-based health insurance market while making the market fair for consumers,” according to the White House. How about the claim by opponents of the bill that this reform package will use tax dollars to fund abortions. Not true: no federal funding may be used for abortions, period.
How about the attack that claims seniors will no longer have access to Medicare Advantage plans? Not true; the bill actually pays Medicare Advantage insurance companies “over $1,000 more per person on average than Original Medicare,” the White House explains.
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