More Obamacare falsehoods

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act churned out hundreds of press releases last week. Their big news: A Congressional Budget Office report revealed Obamacare would cost twice as much as previously projected.
It was a great pitch.
The problem is that the claim was utterly false.
The erroneous statements — which came not just from interest groups but from numerous elected officials — cannot be blamed on the dense language found in most CBO reports.
From Page 1 of the report:
“CBO and JCT now estimate that the insurance coverage provisions of the ACA will have a net cost of just under $1.1 trillion over the 2012–2021 period — about $50 billion less than the agencies’ March 2011 estimate for that 10-year period.”
The report goes on to reaffirm CBO’s earlier conclusion that the law will decrease, not increase, budget deficits over the next decade.
The fact that the projected cost is $50 billion lower than originally projected is not big news.
What is significant is the willingness of opponents to blatantly misrepresent an unambiguous report.
Many special interests have financial reasons to oppose Obamacare. They are trying to convince us that a law that appears to benefit most Americans is actually a travesty.
They are not telling us that — because of the law — more than 625,000 Alabama seniors received free preventive services in 2011, including mammograms, colonoscopies and annual wellness visits with their doctor.
They are not telling us that women joining new health insurance plans can get mammograms, new-baby care and well-child visits without a co-pay.
This is not just good news for their quality of life, it also represents potential savings for all of us. Catching serious diseases early saves money as well as lives.
Are there flaws in the Affordable Care Act? Sure.
It’s a good law, though, that could benefit millions without increasing the deficit. As the flurry of false e-mails last week demonstrated, the financial interests of its most vocal opponents deserve scrutiny.


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