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Do Your Homework before Believing the Latest on Obamacare

For the record, when it comes to the signature legislation first proposed by President Barack Obama and enacted by Congress that seeks to make sure all Americans have health care, we think it more appropriate and respectful to refer to it as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

But since even the president himself has taken to using the alternative name, Obamacare, intended to be insulting and derogatory and generally used by Republicans and others who oppose it and Obama, we’ll go along for the ride and use the term too.

Now and once again, Obamacare appears to be in very hot water after the release of a report that predicts that for some consumers browsing on the federal exchange (Healthcare.gov) as they seek to choose a health care package best suited for their needs, that they may be facing an increase in rates for plans that could rise as high as 25 percent in 2017 – something that officials predicted several years ago.

Of course, Donald Trump, Paul Ryan and others from the right have jumped on this announcement, pointing fingers, saying things like “I told you so” and demanding that the ACA be repealed and dismantled. The problem, however, is that they’re not telling the whole truth. They’re only taking portions of the report that allow them to paint President Obama, Obamacare and those who support it – whether in part or in whole – as people who have little concern for the economic welfare of American citizens – people who desperately need healthcare but can ill afford higher and excessive premiums.

The truth is that there will be increases in rates and some will be quite high. But these rate increases will only impact a small percentage of citizens. And, if Republicans weren’t so determined to maintain and employ obstacles along the way, people could take advantage of federal subsidies that would offset most increases because of tax credits.

Once again some of our political leaders have chosen to paint a picture of doom and gloom rather than being upfront and honest. Once again they have opted to instill fear within the hearts and minds of hard-working, tax-paying men and women instead of finding ways to compromise across party lines so that the more essential and important goal of providing health care options for all that are reasonably priced can be achieved.

We advise our readers to do their homework. Request a consultation with government representatives who serve as counselors and make it easier to navigate one’s way along the ACA highway.

As for Donald Trump, well, we’re still waiting for him to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It could be a long wait.

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D. Kevin McNeir – Senior Editor

Award-winning journalist and 21-year Black Press veteran, book editor, voice-over specialist and college instructor (Philosophy, Religion, Journalism). Before joining us, he led the Miami Times to recognition as NNPA Publication of the Year.

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