I’m going to start this by saying that I trust FactCheck.org. It is at the top of my list of places to check when I receive emails where I’m not believing or I doubt what I’m seeing. What I like about Fact Check is that I don’t always agree with them. I am human and I don’t like it when facts mean I have to reconfigure my beliefs. You can make this statement about a lot of humans – you know who you are. People do not like to be proven wrong and they especially don’t like being proven wrong with numbers and facts. Anyway, if they agreed with me 100% of the time, I would think they are biased and if they disagreed with me 100% of the time, I would believe that they were biased.
Anyway, Fact Check recently wrote an article about President Obama’s July 18th speech touting the savings of the Affordable Care Act (which is more commonly known as Obamacare). Fact Check called the article “Obama Overhypes Health Savings“. I’m not going to disagree with Fact Check that President Obama made the health savings sound wonderful, he did. Unfortunately, his hype is needed to overshadow the hype on the other side, which claims no savings and total financial ruin for all if we continue on the Affordable Care Act path. I just think Fact Check is overhyping the overhyping.
Case in point the following quote from President Obama
Last year, millions of Americans opened letters from their insurance companies — but instead of the usual dread that comes from getting a bill — (laughter) — they were pleasantly surprised with a check. In 2012, 13 million rebates went out, in all 50 states. Another 8.5 [million] rebates are being sent out this summer, averaging around 100 bucks each.
Fact Check takes issue with this because ” The average rebate is about $100 per family — not per person. It’s not 8.5 million rebates “averaging around 100 bucks each,” as the president said. Instead, it’s 8.5 million consumers who will benefit, with an average rebate of $100 per family.”
I’m not really sure what the issue is here. Fact Check admits that the rebates average $100 each. When millions of Americans open the letters, I’m sure that the letter opener most likely be either the male or female head of a family. I’m sure that the rebates for single people will be less than the rebates for families. No, President Obama didn’t say millions of American families opened letters, but I don’t think what he did say was too much hype. – This is a matter of opinion, not an actual fact.
The fact is that millions of rebates will be sent out this summer and that the average of these rebates is around $100.
But wait…there’s more!
Fact Check, also, takes issue with the fact that President Obama didn’t mention that a lot of these rebates are going to businesses. In fact they say just that: “But the more glaring omission is an acknowledgment that a lot of this money goes to businesses, not individuals.” I don’t see the problem in this, either. Even if the employer gets the rebate, it has to be used to benefit the employee. In fact, Fact Check even quotes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as saying such, ” if you bought your insurance through your employer, your employer must use the rebate for your benefit.” I don’t really understand their problem with the hype in this case.
I think the main point in all of this is that the Affordable Care Act is to some extent causing people and businesses to save money on their health care insurance premiums. Second to this is that it didn’t cause premiums to go up, as the opposition claimed it would.