U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., tweeted a message to his followers that is so packed with falsehoods, it’s hard to believe he was able to cram them all into 140 characters or less.
With the GOP determined to defund or postpone the Affordable Care Act, Deutch tweeted his own thoughts on the subject. Not surprisingly, they’re exactly the same as the president’s.
Before Obamacare, there was a bureaucrat between you and you doctor – an insurance employee who denied you coverage because you got sick.
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) September 28, 2013
First of all, it’s technically still “before Obamacare,” so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. But that’s a minor point.
Secondly, there are no “bureaucrats” between a patient and his physician. Calling an insurance agent a bureaucrat should be grounds for slander, but above that, if there’s ever a problem with coverage on a policy, you generally know who to call — your employer’s benefits manager or someone in personnel, in most cases.
Compare that to what a true bureaucrat does. Need to call someone in the federal government? Good luck. If your experience is anything like mine, you’ll spend half the morning just trying to find the right person.
Deutch’s third truth-stretcher is the real whopper, though. He referred to insurers as those “who denied you coverage because you got sick.”
The exchanges are made up of private insurers, held to they same standards they’ve been held to for years. But let’s suppose we hold them to the standard the federal government holds itself to. In that case, look out.
The 2008 National Health Insurer Report Card by the American Medical Association found that Medicare rejected a higher percentage of claims than private insurers — 6.85 percent, to be exact. To make matters worse, Medicare’s rejection rate was double that of the average for private insurers.
With Obamacare covering pre-existing conditions, the situation is only going to get worse. It’ll be cheaper for people — especially the young — to go uninsured and pay the nominal penalty. They won’t sign up for coverage until they get sick or injured, knowing that Obamacare will cover them.
A scheme like that is unworkable and will eventually destroy the whole system.
Global asset manager Richard Steinburg summed it up perfectly in his own tweet:
— Richard Steinberg (@SGSelect) September 28, 2013
All in all, Obamacare stinks as much as the ‘Creepy as hell’ anti-Obamacare ads freaking everyone out.