The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)---commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA)---was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010.
“The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new ‘Patient’s Bill of Rights’ gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health”, asserts the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Click here to access their website for facts and features about the ACA.
Although the Affordable Care Act has been on the books for nearly 3 ½ years, myths about the law persist.
Back in 2009, Sarah Palin falsely claimed that the proposed healthcare reform legislation would create “death panels” that would decide if sick and elderly Americans were “worthy” of medical care. By 2010, the Pew Research Center reported that 85% of Americans were familiar with the claim, and that 30% of Americans believed it was true. Palin’s “death panels” allegation was named PolitiFact’s 2009 “Lie of the Year”.
“Death panels” tops Catharine Richert’s list of persistent myths about Obamacare.
Richert, a reporter who covers politics for Minnesota Public Radio News, recently declared:
“Between working at PolitiFact.com and writing PoliGraph for MPR News, I've come across a lot of whoppers about the health care overhaul. Here are my picks for the top five myths about Obamacare that refuse to die”----
- The law creates “death panels.”
- The law represents a government takeover of healthcare.
- You won’t be able to keep your doctor or your current insurance.
- The ACA covers unauthorized immigrants and abortions.
- The ACA is a “job killer.”
For details, click here.
A Thinkprogress post titled Five Myths About Obamacare You Shouldn’t Believe (Credit: AP) August 28, 2013 cited the following 5 popular myths circulating about Obamacare’s presumed impact that you shouldn’t be so quick to believe:
- Obamacare will cause young people’s insurance premiums to skyrocket.
- Obamacare is incredibly unpopular, so most Americans want to get rid of it and Congress wants to exempt itself from it.
- Obamacare is using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion.
- Obamacare is forcing companies to slash employee’s hours and shorten the work week.
- Obamacare is causing workers' spouses to lose their health coverage.
For more, click here.