Summary: Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Spokane, Wash., decided to look for negative information about the Affordable Care Act. So she wrote on her Facebook page: “This week marks the 5th anniversary of #Obamacare being signed into law. Whether it’s turned your tax filing into a nightmare, you’re facing skyrocketing premiums, or your employer has reduced your work hours, I want to hear about it. Please share your story with me so that I can better understand the challenges you’re facing: https://mcmorris.house.gov/your-story/” What resulted was an outpouring of positive commentary on the Affordable Care Act.
Here’s her Facebook post. Below are a few of the answers. I looked for negative responses, but did not see any.
As you know, we are not pro-ACA or anti-ACA: we are in support of the idea that you should know what stuff costs.
“My whole family now has coverage. The ACA is the cause for this, I work in health care, I have seen the increase in covered patients first hand. The next step is universal coverage, this will truly lower costs and provide the best care. Cathy, you barely work, spend most of your time catering to special interests so you can be re-elected.. All while receiving a large wage and the best health insurance and care. Stop telling us how it doesn’t work while enjoying your tax payer funded care and life.”
“My story is that I once knew 7 people who couldn’t get health insurance. Now they all have it, thanks to the ACA and President Obama, and their plans are as good as the one my employer provides–and they pay less for them. Now, that’s not the kind of story you want to hear. You want to hear made-up horror stories. I don’t know anyone with one of those stories.”
“I work for cancer care northwest. We actually have more patients with insurance and fewer having to choose treatment over bankruptcy. Cathy, I’m a die hard conservative and I’m asking you to stop just slamming Obamacare. Fix it, change it or come up with a better idea! Thanks”
“Thanks to the ACA, my cousin was able to get affordable insurance despite her preexisting condition. So grateful.”
“And now my daughter, diagnosed with MS at age 22, can have insurance. What do you plan to do with her?”
“The only horror I find in Obama care is that President Obama forced a congress full of thieves to establish an affordable healthcare option for americans. Somehow you and the other crooks on Capitol Hill have made it your main goal of plotting against Pres. Obama’s great idea and putting taxation on us Americans if we choose not to have health insurance. I really think all Americans need to remember the crooks on Capitol Hill are paid by special interests groups such as healthcare organizations so these special interests groups make more money. The only broken promise I find in the whole situation is the broken promise of elected officials who are elected to serve us the citizens of the United States not their own special interests!!!!…”
“With Obamacare, I saved 300 bucks a month premium.. I have more coverage.. I like ObamaCare and can’t wait til we go to the next step… Medicare for ALL.”
“OBAMA care definitely works FOR me I love it.”
“I work as the facilitator of a task force that is overseeing the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington State. … the ACA is helping people who did not previously have health insurance get it. It is helping bring down medical costs. It is improving the quality of care. It is improving experiences of both patients and their families. … I work with doctors, nurses, hospital and clinic managers, non-profit service providers, citizens-at-large. Each of them can site an improvement they would like to make to the Act. But whether they are Republican or Democrat, from urban or rural areas, powerful or not, they all say the ACA is working. …Can’t you and your Republican colleagues stop trying to repeal this Act and work to make it even more effective? Please?”
“Let’s see, I now am able to get annual exams for breast cancer, colon cancer, depression screening, bone density tests and overall wellness exams FOR FREE! My insurance (thanks to Medicare) covers eye care and dental care, plus fitness program INCLUDED! I also have 24/7 access to health professionals. And I’ll tell you what else: I required extensive tests last year to find out what was wrong with my heart and guess what?! My insurance covered all but $250. The bill came to $7,000! Yes, thanks to #ACA, my coverage has not only improved through Medicare, it’s broadened and my premiums (MA) haven’t risen nearly as much as they did before this.”
“Thanks, Obama!! Because of you, I have health insurance and with a pre-existing condition. Without this, I would most likely be dead or on gov’t assistance, something else you don’t like. And I managed to do my taxes myself. No nightmare. Next fallacy to debunk?”
“I love the insurance I have through the ACA. Silver plan, no problems – not a one. Still seeing all the same doctors: eye doctors, gynecologist, PCP. Have been to the ER, had blood work done, and have acquired a new doctor as well. Not one complaint.”
“Millions more Americans can now receive the medical care they require than could prior to the Affordable Care Act and millions of the rest of us who were lucky enough to have had insurance prior to the new law now have policies with more benefits. It is not perfect but the Affordable Care Act is much better than the broken system we had prior thereto.”
“I have 3 cousins I am immediately aware of that can now buy insurance whereas they previously couldn’t. At my company, we have seen a very low increase of 4% per year in premiums per employee for the last 3 years, where the prior increased premiums ran 8-20% per year. No one has had to change plans or doctors. It’s all good.”
“My wife is disabled and she could not leave her current plan that sucked, $40 Dr copays and no limit out of pocket and because of preexisting conditions couldn’t leave. Obama care gave us a plan through BC/BS $120.00 per month cheaper 3 times better…”
“I and my husband now have really truly affordable insurance. In the past 20 years, as small business owners, whatever any insurance company offered us as ‘affordable’ was not affordable in the least, and had pretty high deductibles. I have had nothing but praise for what we have now, and I am sure it could be made a little better with some tweaking, but compared to where we were without—there is no comparison.”
“When someone asks you what good is Obama Care.. Tell them.. give them the numbers.. 16 Million Americans have health care… 76 Million now have preventive care.. and 129 MILLION AMERICANS WHO NEVER COULD GET HEALTH CARE NOW CAN.. On top of this what Republicans tried to destroy for all Americans has created Millions upon Millions of new jobs.. We now have more people becoming nurses, doctors and staff.. we have more pharmacy’s and clinics opening up.. IT HAS CREATED JOBS ALONG WITH A HEALTHY NATION..”
“We now have patients that can see a doctor in the clinic on time rather than waiting till they are too ill ACA is saving lives and you are too stupid to realize that. Get your political view out of the way and see what is happening in our community because you have shown again and again it is not your community. I see that your son has downs but not everyone in our community has it so get done with this supporting downs to the neglect of everything else.”
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.