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Fri Oct 4, 2013, 03:17 PM

Misinformation as murder: lies about the ACA

My wife and I know a former part-time school librarian (I'll call her "Polly") where we used to live in Indiana who is currently dying of cancer. And I do mean dying, because she is not being treated except by whatever unconventional remedy she chooses to pursue at a given moment.

Last night Polly posted on Facebook a link to a Fox News story about how Obamacare was making insurance unaffordable. The dimwit protagonist of their piece reported receiving a letter from his insurance company informing him of a nearly-threefold increase in the price of his insurance, and he moaned that this renders coverage completely unaffordable. Of course, unreported are the likelihood that his bare-bones coverage has been upgraded and, more importantly, that he would certainly be eligible for a substantial subsidy that would erase most, if not all, of that rate increase. Polly moaned that this development clearly puts desperately-needed coverage just that much further out of reach.

My wife and I then spend the next hour or so collectively trying to talk her down from the heights of Faux News hysteria. We urged her to visit healthcare.gov and check her eligibility for a subsidy. She retorted that another cancer patient had told her Obamacare coverage would be $30,000 a year. We forwarded grantcart's story of his experience of learning the true cost and benefits offered. She claimed to have visited healthcare.gov but declared it a "scam." She moaned that the government wants her dead because it's prohibitively expensive because of her pre-existing condition. We pointed her to the fact that the law explicitly bans both coverage denial and higher premiums for pre-existing conditions.

In the end, we could not get through. My wife was beside herself. I told her this just shows how powerful the psychological need to "belong" truly is. Rejecting "Obamacare" is, for the willfully misinformed, an act of identifying with a larger group that maintains itself, in part, by acknowledging only the peculiar alternate reality they've created for themselves. They recognize each other through their shared myths.

I'm hesitant to blame her, or even the ill-informed Tea Party herd, too much. But I will blame the people who make a living from promoting lies. They are the real "death panels." They are killing people by infecting them with irrational fear. They are killing people as I write, and in a few months I'll unfortunately be able to meet the challenge of naming one I know they've murdered.

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caraher Oct 2013 OP
NoOneMan Oct 2013 #1
caraher Oct 2013 #6
chowder66 Oct 2013 #2
caraher Oct 2013 #5
sinkingfeeling Oct 2013 #3
caraher Oct 2013 #4
joeunderdog Oct 2013 #7

Response to caraher (Original post)

Fri Oct 4, 2013, 03:23 PM

1. 'Rejecting "Obamacare" is...an act of identifying with a larger group...'

 

And the same can be said about some that embrace it. Its been politicized to hell and back by now

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Response to NoOneMan (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 4, 2013, 06:18 PM

6. I think a lot of issues are that way, for sure

We're certainly not immune on the left to motivated reasoning. But it sure is easy to identify it in the "other" camp!

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Response to caraher (Original post)

Fri Oct 4, 2013, 03:59 PM

2. I wonder if local news and papers could get involved

to make sure correct information is being put out and finding success stories, maybe even one like your friends.

I'm sorry for your frustration and even sorrier that your friend may lose their life over a mind-set.

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Response to chowder66 (Reply #2)

Fri Oct 4, 2013, 06:17 PM

5. It's awful

Here in "Red State" America it's difficult to get papers to run accurate information, unfortunately!

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 4, 2013, 06:15 PM

4. Oh we sent her lots of articles!

Thanks for the link... I really think she's just made up her mind that she's going to go the alternative medicine route and can't let go of the politics

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Response to caraher (Original post)

Fri Oct 4, 2013, 06:19 PM

7. There will always be chickens voting for Col. Sanders. nt

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