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Op-Ed: The Danger of ObamaCare Misinformation: At CPAC

In How It Affects You on 03/2011 at 10:55 AM

“While The Obamacare Disaster as a whole provides sound analysis of the Affordable Care Act, on the very first page is a particularly troubling sentence: “Most of the bill’s provisions, except its taxes, do no go into effect until 2014.” On this fundamental point, Ferrara is flat-out wrong.” (ObamaCare411.com) More > …

The Danger of ObamaCare Misinformation: At CPAC

In How It Affects You on 02/2011 at 2:46 PM

by Colin Fuess

At the 2011 CPAC, the Heartland Institute handed out free copies of The Obamacare Disaster: an Appraisal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Heartland Policy Study #128).  The study was written by Peter Ferrara, whose curriculum vitae is quite respectable.  He has published articles in The Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, and Forbes; written studies and reports for the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and served as a senior staff member in the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan and as associate deputy attorney general under President George H.W. Bush.  Those who received Mr. Ferrara’s The Obamacare Disaster at CPAC have good reason to trust his work.   While The Obamacare Disaster as a whole provides sound analysis of the Affordable Care Act, on the very first page is a particularly troubling sentence: “Most of the bill’s provisions, except its taxes, do no go into effect until 2014.” On this fundamental point, Ferrara is flat-out wrong.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ website about the Affordable Care Act (www.HealthCare.gov) explicitly contradicts Ferrara.  From the page “Timeline of the Affordable Care Act” (http://www.healthcare.gov/law/timeline/index.html): “The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years and beyond, with most changes taking place by 2014.” The itemized timeline shows that 38 major reforms will come into effect between 2010 and 2013.  In 2014 and beyond, just 10 reforms will take effect.

Many of the hallmark reforms will be implemented in 2014, such as the infamous individual mandate, the elimination of annual limits on insurance coverage, the establishing of health insurance exchanges, and so on.  One could successfully argue that the most important reforms don’t go into effect until 2014, but that’s a qualitative assessment.  Ferrara’s statement, however, is quantitative.  Numerically speaking, he says, fewer provisions go into effect before 2014 than in 2014 and beyond.

Given the quality of the rest of Obamacare Disaster, Ferrara’s mistake probably was an honest one.  Because his entire book is a scholarly forecast of Obamacare’s dire consequences, it would make no sense to open with a broad generalization that neuters the sense of urgency he tries to instill in the reader.  But as a rule, disseminating misinformation free of charge to thousands of willing and eager readers at a major political event is dangerous.

I will go out a limb and say almost everyone who attended CPAC thinks Obamacare is and will be a disaster.  Their minds are already made up.  It is good for an accomplished and respected writer like Ferrara to provide them legitimate analysis that they would not easily find elsewhere.  But people like to read and hear what confirms their beliefs (in psychology, this is know as confirmation bias).  If a person at CPAC dislikes Obamacare and someone hands that person “literature” about how awful Obamacare is, that person agrees with the literature before reading it.  In this way, people are extremely vulnerable to flagrant lies, and unfortunately, not everyone is as well-meaning as Mr. Ferrara.

Buyer beware, even if it is free.

Health Care Law latest prognosis

In Breaking, ObamaCare on 01/2011 at 1:49 PM

53% favor Health Care repeal, but voters worry less about being forced to change coverage. (Rasmussen) More > …

Health Care repeal is historic, how will we do it?

In Politics Watch on 01/2011 at 1:26 PM

Focus on what drives opposition to the Affordable Care Act: resistance to federal control. (NPR Politics / The Weekly Standard) More > …

GOP House Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH)

New report: 129 million Americans with a pre-existing condition could be denied coverage without new health reform law

In How It Affects You on 01/2011 at 2:03 PM

Without Affordable Care Act protections, in 2014, 1 in 2 non-elderly Americans could be denied coverage or charged more due to a pre-existing condition. Way to go HHS! (HHS) More > …

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Holy Moly, Rev. Jackson: ObamaCare repeal will produce “Creeping Genocide”

In Politics Watch on 11/2010 at 12:47 PM

Oh no, he didn’t!  Wednesday night, Jackson appeared on MSNBC and was asked, “If they repeal health care, what are we facing in this country, a social push-back of some sort?  What do you think, Reverend Jackson?” His answer, see the headline. (Rush Limbaugh) More > …

The Reverend Jackson, if you're nasty!

The cognitive dissonance of ObamaCare supporters

In How It Affects You on 10/2010 at 12:12 PM

“The Affordable Care Act offers new benefits like preventive care with no out-of-pocket cost and tools to help fight unreasonable premium increases that will save money for consumers.” — Jessica Santillo, a spokeswoman at the Department of Health and Human Services. (Cato @ Liberty) More > ….

Commonwealth Fund rags on U.S. health

In Politics Watch on 06/2010 at 5:05 PM

Hurricane ObamacareWhere’s the proof? Commonwealth Fund ranked United States health care dead last on measurements of its quality, access, efficiency, equity, and “healthy lives.”  But no solid evidence to back up why. Guess they didn’t see our website.  (National Review) More > …

Is 26 the new 18???

In How It Affects You on 06/2010 at 2:06 PM
Families across America are still confused as to how long and under what circumstances their children, especially college graduates, are eligible to remain on their health policy. There should really be a class on Obamacare.  (Washington Post) More > …

Upside to Obamacare?

In ObamaCare on 06/2010 at 7:23 PM

According to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, expect total reductions in health care spending of $590 billion from 2010 to 2019; reduction in the annual growth rate in national health expenditures from 6.3 percent to 5.7 percent from 2010 to 2019; a  savings of nearly $2,000 on annual health care premiums for the typical family by 2019; deficit reduction of up to $400 billion over 10 years, and medicare savings of $524 billion. (Bankrate.com)  More > …

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