This article is written in response to the editorial "Obamacare set to hit wallet." Every single paragraph of that editorial published on Aug. 9 contained either a substantial lie or a serious misrepresentation of the facts. The focus of this letter will be debunking that piece's errors.
I'm going to state up front that the Tribune Chronicle has, in my opinion, never had a very good track record for remaining "politically independent" as it claims daily in its upper right-hand corner declaration. Many letters could be written regarding that topic, I imagine.
But down to business.
The opening paragraph of the editorial stated that Obamacare will see Ohioans "paying much more for health insurance they don't want or need..." without really saying how.
When projected premiums are predicted to be exponentially lower because of Obamacare in the health care exchanges (HIX) of more populous states like California and New York, I'm not confident in the Tribune's factual accuracy regarding Ohio. In lieu of this, I rate the statement "false."
The next paragraph stated that the law requires "all Americans to obtain insurance." This is also wrong. Most are indeed required to purchase insurance, but not all people, and there are several exemptions to the law, including specifically a provision that exempts those who cannot afford premiums if they exceed eight percent of a person's monthly income.
The facts speak for themselves on this matter.
The editorial then stated that "Many Ohioans ... will have to buy government-approved insurance through an 'exchange'" when actual projections show a relatively small percentage of people will end up purchasing insurance from the exchanges.
Fact of the matter is that if you currently have insurance, you're 99 percent likely to remain on that plan - provided you don't find something better on the poorly publicized exchange.
After that the editor's paragraph about premiums going up was particularly strange because it makes the same error Lt. Gov. Taylor made when she announced her decidedly skewed statistics: It neglects to take into account that premiums will be subsidized. That means the prices will be lower, and for some people, 70 percent of the cost will be covered.
"Facts are stubborn things" is how the quote goes, I believe.
The rest of the editorial proceeded in a similar vein of questionable reasoning and twisted logic.
Your publication buys ink by the barrel, so I can't compete with you on a daily basis. What I would encourage Ohioans to do is actually research the content of Obamacare and the good it can do for them. Since you essentially need health insurance to stay alive in the U.S., I wanted to do something to combat the propaganda against it and help people learn more about obtaining health insurance.
Citizens must demand honesty from the local media if they want it to properly serve them. They should be sure to reject cynicism disguised as journalism.