Legacy media hoodwinked Americans on Obamacare

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President Barack Obama has officially taken responsibility for the problem-plagued PPACA/Obamacare rollout. Democrats in the House and Senate are scrambling because they are responsible for the text of the bill as well as its passage.

Democrats aren’t the only group that should apologize.

Many in legacy media actively lobbied for the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act popularly known as Obamacare. Those of us in independent media attempted to warn Americans, but Democrat voters simply tuned out the warnings.

There was a near-formal orchestration of propaganda by media. The Washington Post even rushed a book to press in March, 2010 to “help readers understand the bill passed by the House of Representatives over the weekend.”

I didn’t read the book. I didn’t need to. I read the bill. I said it was a tax bill, not a healthcare bill. I said Obamacare was a bait and switch. And, among other negatives,  I predicted it would cause serious problems in the U.S. health insurance sector.

By Sept., 2011, as President Barack Obama’s appointee Kathleen Sebelius was telling seniors to go out and get their “free wellness visit,” I was writing about the surprise tab many seniors were paying if they got a physical exam during that visit. Sebelius didn’t explain that the “wellness” visit didn’t include a physical exam. It was basically a chat session with your doc. Seniors were gouged.

Meanwhile, many media, especially legacy media, continued to cheerlead the bill. When centrist or conservative publications attempted to warn Americans, those publications were often attacked or called racists. Americans were hoodwinked.

In March, 2010, the Libertarian Party, like the Republican Party, opposed the bill.  LP party chair William Redpath issued a statement that included this (boldface added) :

“It is a virtual certainty that the cost estimates of this legislation are drastically understated. When Medicare Part A started in 1965, the projected cost for 1990 was $9 billion. It turned out to be $67 billion. Should this bill become law, when the debt of the United States government is downgraded by ratings agencies shortly thereafter, it will not be a coincidence. That will increase interest rates, and the entire economy will suffer.”

By Sept., 2013, The Atlantic Wire said at least 24 “journalists” from legacy media had gone to work for the Obama administration.

Remember that next time you pick up a print newspaper. Even if it’s local, most of the news and virtually all the national political news is imported from papers like WaPo or “progressive” nonprofits.

Remember that next time you turn on the TV to catch alphabet network news.

Think about Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks after the bill was signed. Biden said, “This is a big f_ _ _ _ _ _ deal.” Biden would’ve been more accurate had he left the word “deal” out of his statement. (Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 15, 2013)

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About Kay Day

Kay B. Day is a freelance writer who has published in national and international magazines and websites. The author of 3 books, her work is anthologized in textbooks and collections. She has won awards for poetry, nonfiction and fiction. Day is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Authors Guild.
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