The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was pitched to the American people as affordable, sustainable health-care reform supported by doctors and medical professionals.
And even though its implementation has been marred by a severely flawed website, mass administrative confusion at the state and federal levels and the notoriously broken promises that people could keep their insurance plans and doctors, at least the initial premise was honest and up front – right?
Or was it?
A video called “Obamacare Deconstructed,” created in September by independent filmmaker Chris Corrado of Conservatism Is Calling, illustrates how President Obama misled America about much more than whether or not people could keep their insurance.
For example, the video records, Obama claimed, “The AARP and the American Medical Association are both supporting the health-insurance reform bill that will soon come up to a vote … so the doctors of America know what needs to be fixed about our health-care system. These are men and women who know our health-care system best.”
The clear implication is that America’s doctors supported passage of Obamacare.
Yet the video, citing a 2011 survey of 1,611 doctors by the physician recruitment firm Jackson & Coker, illustrates that 70 percent of America’s doctors disagreed with the AMA’s position and a full 77 percent warned the AMA does not reflect their views in general.
Furthermore, the AMA represents only 17 percent of America’s doctors, and only 35 percent of those members supported passage of Obamacare.
The video also illustrates, using Congressional Budget Office numbers, that Obama misled the American people into believing the reform would cost the taxpayer $900 billion over 10 years, when in fact the cost is twice that.
For 17 minutes, the video shows point after point of how the massive, federal overhaul of health care has negatively impacted medicine, the taxpayer, the economy and more.
Each of the video’s claims, furthermore, is linked to a study, report or news story backing it up, the hyperlinks to which can be found on the video’s YouTube page.
Watch the video for yourself below:
Meanwhile, Obama's former campaign organization, now called "Organizing for Action," on Monday handed out suggestions to supporters to lobby their friends and family for the behemoth law at Thanksgiving dinner.
"Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk," says OFA's strategy document, called "Health Care for the Holidays."
"Tell them: There are a variety of plans available in the new health insurance marketplace, so you can pick one that fits your budget. There's also financial assistance available based on how much you make," the instructions state. "It might not always seem like it, but your family listens to you. So have the talk."