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In the short period of time since the new health insurance exchanges opened on October 1, opponents of the law have presented a series of Americans who claim that the law is not doing what the president promised. However, the claims of most of these anti-Obamacare “poster children” have been debunked. Thanks to the shoddy reporting of CBS News, the latest poster child is a 56 year old Floridian named Dianne Barrette.

Dianne Barrette was the centerpiece of a thinly disguised Obamacare hit piece that ran on CBS. In the piece Barrette claimed that she had an insurance policy that she was happy with — one that only cost her $54 a month. Barrette’s story did not hold up to scrutiny.

Tommy Christopher explains on Mediaite,

First of all, the plan that Barrette paid $54 a month for is barely health insurance at all. It’s part of a subset of insurance that Consumer Reports calls “junk health insurance” (and which even the company that sells it recommends that customers not rely solely upon) and it pays only $50 towards most of the services it covers. That’s it. If Dianne went to the doctor every week for a year, her plan would pay, at most, $2600. Meanwhile, based on average office visit charges, Diane would pay about $5,600.00. She probably doesn’t go to the doctor every week, of course, which means her plan pays a lot less, while her premium buys her a lot less. If she goes to the doctor, say, six times in a year, she’s paid a $648 premium for the privilege of spending another $600 on office visits. The plan also pays up to $15 per prescription, which will get you a few milligrams of most prescription drugs. The one decent deal on her plan is that it covers 100% of in-network lab services.

Please watch the video below. It's a shame that the media and GOP are using poor uneducated Americans to fight their cause.



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sebekm commented on Sunday, Nov 24, 2013 at 15:19 PM

I saw that. Fraud will always pop up. But for every Barrette there are hundreds of thousands (soon to be millions) of actual stories where the facts bear out that ObamaCare is doing more harm to more people than good.

Basically, ObamaCare's net effect is to restructure almost the entire insurance industry, forcing many people into coverage they don't want or need in to more expensive plans. It's a redistribution of wealth - from prior insurance "winners" who were happy with their plans to the insurance companies and to a much smaller percentage of the population who had no insurance or who were paying a lot for the coverage they could get. I've never argued that there shouldn't have been health care reform. My argument is that OBAMACARE is not the way to do it.

There are millions of people who DO NOT QUALIFY for the government subsidies and who were perfectly happy with their prior insurance. The Obama administration knew that these people would become "losers" under their legislation, and they just gave them up. They knew (see my recent blog) that more than 60% of the people would be affected, and they STILL said "you can keep your plan" and "you can keep your doctor." That - on top of everything else - is why Democrats, women, and young people are turning against the President and ObamaCare in droves.

The polls are relevant; they are not "personal attacks"; and they are not "dishonest" (or at least nobody has proven that they are). As a means of reflecting how the sample survey feels, they do not "lie." Real people are being affected adversely by this legislation, and the media is reporting it. Every now and then they will get taken in. Every time Fox News gets caught in an error the left says: "AHA - there they go again distorting and lying about the news." CBS, ABC, NBC has been in the pocket of the Democrats for as long as I can remember. (See especially their complicity in covering up the Kennedy extra-marital peccadilloes - both Jack and Bobby.) IMHO - they have still been treating the Democrats and Republicans differently.

The New York Post - no friend to Democrats - came out with this one yesterday:


It chronicles the "scandals" and makes a case for why the media has now "turned against" Mr. Obama. I don't agree with the conclusions, but I wholeheartedly agree with the assertion that the media has "shielded the President." They have had an interest in his success ever since he first started running for office. He was a great story, and it helped a whole lot that he was a politician on the LEFT. If Rubio was a Democrat, you'd better believe that they'd be tooting his horn as the "heir apparent" if HRC wasn't going to run in 2016. But because he's a Republican, they find every flaw and portray it as a potential disqualifier.

SportsFan31313 commented on Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 17:29 PM

I don't believe the plans are junk Sebe. I know a single parent of one who could not afford insurance for her child prior to Obama care, now has Obama care. Without Obama care, her insurance premiums were over 600.00 per month for some jacked up insurance coverage through Blue Cross Shield. She even tired Aetna. Now because she was able afford medical for her child for under 200.00 per month. Don't allow FOX mis construe you. A lot of people in the north are very happy with the new Obama Care.

sebekm commented on Monday, Nov 25, 2013 at 18:20 PM

Hey Sporty! Actually, I never said anything about "junk" plans - it was the basic blog post. I also have said repeatedly that there will be some new "winners" under ObamaCare but the new "losers" and the overall effect on the economy and hospital/doctor CHOICES under this legislation make it not worth it. They could have "fixed" health care another way without giving the insurance companies a wholesale opportunity to raise rates on EVERYBODY ELSE and "transition" them to new plans with unnecessary coverage and features they don't want or need.

My daughter and I are "in the South" and (since I am helping with the bills) we are very UNHAPPY with the new ObamaCare. We feel like STUCKEES.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 07:30 AM

The junk plans I'm referring to are the old plans. The new plans under the ACA are much better plans

icyman61 commented on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 09:33 AM

The insurance indutry is mainly comprised of theifs, pure and simple!

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 11:54 AM

So is The Tea Party and door to door salesmen.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013 at 13:52 PM

"The junk plans I'm referring to are the old plans. The new plans under the ACA are much better plans."

That's the propaganda the Dems want you to believe. My daughter didn't have a "junk" plan. She had an affordable plan that met her needs AND MET THE REQUIREMENTS OF OBAMACARE. BCBSGA admitted this last September; then sent a notice saying that BECAUSE of ObamaCare they were essentially restructing their plans and their pools. Simply stated - BCBSGA changed the plan DESPITE THE FACT THAT IT COMPLIED WITH OBMACARE REQUIREMENTS and jacked up the rates.

This is what the millions of "losers" are experiencing all over the country. This is what the Democrats are trying to ignore and push these stories beyond the election so WE THE PEOPLE don't rise up and give them what for.

Funkentelecky commented on Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 20:03 PM

Fox didn’t admit that Dianne Barrett’s healthcare plan is junk; Greta pointed out the fact that it isn’t the best coverage by far; however Barrett was happy with it. Greta even pointed out that it would probably be less than her initial quote when she applied for a subsidy. The main fact remains, she can’t keep the plan she likes, period.

Now what about a single male over 26 that wants to save money on costs but they are jacked up because he is forced to have paternity care, pediatric care and birth control to name a few JUNK services provided in the plan that they won’t need!

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