Most Americans Clueless As ObamaCare Rolls Out
This relates to something I said to BuzzFeed that didn’t make their article.
Millions will qualify for new options under the health care law. Most have no idea. Yes, they may gain some options but they will also lose many and no one has bothered to think about the cost. Given that the GOP messaging in 2012 ended up so far from getting the job done, could right-side new media have done some things along these lines that may have actually helped support a Romney win?
It’s a question I expect more mature and intelligent minds in right-side New Media will likely entertain over time. And any notion that we shouldn’t be asking such questions is pure silliness, or worse, self-serving.
Part of the problem, experts say, is that people who will be affected don’t realize the urgency because the subsidies won’t begin for another year. But policy decisions are being made now that will affect tens of millions of Americans, and the lack of public awareness could jeopardize a system that depends on having many people involved. Low enrollment could lead to higher premiums, health policy experts say. Hospitals worry that, without widespread participation, they will continue getting stuck with patients’ unpaid medical bills. And advocates say the major purpose of the Affordable Care Act – extending health insurance to more Americans – will go unmet if large numbers of vulnerable people don’t take advantage of it.