Ever since the Citizens United decision, the over-taxed and over-regulated Koch Brothers have spent endless?millions promoting every?Libertarian cause, from?suppressing?working poor and minority voting rights, to complete business deregulation.? The dubious siblings, estimated to be worth over $100 billion dollars,?are at it again,?this time spending over?one million dollars to air an ad in a petty attempt to?undermine public confidence in?Obamacare.
The 30 second ad, which will first air in the swing states of Ohio and Virginia, makes misleading statements about the quality of care that may be available to the public once Obamacare is fully implemented. ?The ad features a mother of two voicing concern that her son who suffers from seizures, may suffer even more under Obamacare because the plan won’t allow people to choose their own doctor; a false interpretation.
?If we can’t pick our own doctor, how do I know my family is gonna get the care they need?
The ad goes on to raise questions of what Americans will receive in return for higher premiums. ‘Already struggling with the constraints of a smaller paycheck, do Americans really think their best interests will be served by letting Washington bureaucrats make their healthcare decisions for them?’
While there is nothing within the healthcare plan that would prohibit people from choosing their own doctors, there are some projections that show premiums may be higher when the law takes full effect.? In fact, Mark Bertolini, CEO of Aetna, the third largest health insurance provider in the country, speculated that premium rates could rise as high as?20-50 percent.? In California however, the first state to implement Obamacare, the rise in premium rates has been?far less dramatic than what early forecasters had initally?predicted.
In any case, a rise in premiums can be attributed to two factors which are often omitted by critics of the plan. One of the factors is the rise in healthcare costs in general.? The other is the additional benefits required by the law.? Simply put, there is no way to be sure of how high premiums will go up until Obamacare is fully implemented throughout the rest of the country.
A recent Gallup poll shows that 43 percent of Americans are still ignorant of what the law will mean to them once it goes into effect.? To combat that ignorance, the former arm of the Obama campaign, Organizing For America (OFA), recently launched an ad campaign of their own touting the benefits Americans will receive once Obamacare is fully implemented.? The ad emphasizes ‘better healthcare coverage at a lower cost.?
Other than mandatory coverage for all Americans, it’s not clear what impact the law will have once it’s implemented in 2014. ?One thing that is clear is the Koch Brothers? intend to derail Obamacare by launching a TV blitz campaign that fosters a fear of the unknown among the public.
Edited and published by WP.