Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Unpopular Legislation

As you have no doubt heard, while Americans tell pollsters they like various specific provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the act as a whole still gets less than 50% approval.

Maybe this is why. (PDF -- scroll down to page 8.)

Two and a half years after the law’s passage, six in ten Americans either believe that the health care law establishes a government panel to make decisions about end‐of‐life care for Medicare beneficiaries (39 percent) or are not sure whether or not this is a provision of the ACA (22 percent). The numbers among seniors are very similar: 32 percent of seniors believe the law sets up such panels, 28 percent are not sure. Two in three seniors say the law cuts benefits for people in the traditional Medicare program. In fact, there are no actual cuts in benefits for beneficiaries in the traditional Medicare program, though those enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans may see fewer supplemental benefits once reimbursements to those plans are reduced.

A lie is half way around the world before the truth gets its boots on. The Republicans have succeeded in lying to people, and the corporate media have enabled their lies. This must end, or there is no hope for us.

1 comment:

roger said...

tactful of you to not comment on the stupidity of the believers of those lies, either the tellers or the hearers. tho i certainly don't think that all the liars believe their lies.