18 April 2013
Are you part of the 57% percent? I don’t mean 47% of Americans who former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney bashed lashed year. Instead, the 57% worth discussing are Americans who lack information on Obamacare (Affordable Care Act), the upcoming healthcare reform law which affects everyone starting January 1st, 2014.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 67% of Americans clueless on healthcare reform are uninsured and 68% have annual household incomes of less than $40,000. Both groups who know the least about Obamacare actually will benefit the most. Now for the highest hurdle Obamacare has to face: educating Americans.
Since Obamacare was signed into law in 2010, critics and proponents have argued so loudly whether it’s good or bad, it’s understandable most of us prefer the “ignorance is bliss” mentality by tuning them out. After all, most arguments are based off estimations and the future. Obamacare hasn’t even been fully implemented - that happens January 1st, 2014 – yet some doctors are declaring it DOA.
One of the biggest changes to the healthcare system is the Exchanges. What a terribly unclear name to start with. It’s no wonder Americans have no idea what they are and why the HHS attempted to reeducate us on a different terminology. For the record, Exchanges are state-run insurance marketplaces where insurance companies provide plans of various tiers – the higher the tier the more expensive and better quality. Individuals, families, and small businesses who choose to purchase these plans may qualify for subsidies (tax credits), meaning they receive money from the IRS when they file their taxes and that money can pay off their health insurance premiums.
Obamacare just has to educate Americans why Obamacare will help them. The Exchanges open October 1st, 2013. Americans can enroll in health insurance plans and the benefits will kick in January 1st, 2014. Again, that date I’ll keep drilling in your head. Starting this summer, alongside the premiere of Breaking Bad and the new Superman movie, we’ll see Obamacare ads and education outreach programs describing Obamacare benefits in 4 simple steps: "Preparation," "Education," "Get Ready" and -- finally -- "Enrollment."
Until then, our arguments on Obamacare are deliberative rhetoric like fan fics of Walter White’s final episode.
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