There’s enough in the Affordable Health Care bill where, if you’re not some fantasy-land wacko ignorant towards our nation’s long and constitutionally-validated history of requiring citizens to purchase things through the Commerce Clause, you can be persuaded to support the bill.
Fighting bloated, incorrect charges with bloated, incorrect charges is not the best way to support legislation that can be honestly championed as measurably positive. Which is why when liberal groups start up campaign ads engaged in hyperbole on health care, it’s frustrating for the bill’s supporters. Why can’t we have at least one national ideology firmly committed to promoting its ideas as adults, honestly and capable of criticizing itself? (Potential answers: Adults always lie to each other and themselves, and/or, as civics participation goes we don’t deserve to be treated like adults.)
Anyway, Americans United for Change, the DailyKos, and Blue America have been spreading campaign ads that are misleading. Here’s what these groups are misstating:
- The health care law doesn’t necessarily lower premiums, if you have a very basic plan it will make you pay more but the bill increases your minimum benefits.
- Without the health care law, 4 million seniors would have to pay full prices for prescription drugs. The liberal campaign ads say the drugs will be taken away from seniors.
- A repeal of the bill wouldn’t lower doctor’s incomes generically, just deny them the bonuses they receive from treating Medicare patients, and Medicaid patients after 2013.
And yes, this was an attempt at bipartisan skepticism.