The White House Propaganda Doctor Is In

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On August 17, Mayra Alvarez starred in a White House YouTube video that expounded upon the alleged benefits of Obamacare:

Alvarez is the Director of Public Health Policy in the Office of Health Reform at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Despite this mouthful of a title, she missed key facts, and misled on others, in her presentation to the American people. Consider:

1) The biggest lie is her statement that “we are well on our way to fully implementing the Affordable Care Act.” That’s only true if you ignore the dozen parts of the law that have been delayed, repealed, or defunded.
2) Alvarez says those Americans with insurance get “free checkups” under the law, as well as free “contraceptive care.” By free, of course, she means taxpayer-funded, funded by rising consumer costs, or funded by decreases in medical reimbursements, which will hurt doctors, nurses, patients, and reduce access to care.
3) Alvarez also tells the uninsured that “private companies will actually compete for your business” on October 1. There is no reference as to what part of the mammoth law she is talking about, but if she means the government-run exchanges, they are woefully behind schedule and underprepared for the Herculean task they have been assigned.
4) What about people who don’t want insurance? Obamacare actually hurts the uninsured, increasing their costs via the individual mandate, which kicks in on January 1, 2014.
5) She tells everyone that “you may be eligible for new tax credits and subsidies to help you afford the plan that’s right for you.” This is a good reminder, though Alvarez neglects to directly reference it, that Obamacare will increase premiums so much subsidies will be necessary to help people afford insurance – meaning Obamacare is making one problem worse in order to implement an unaffordable solution of increased federal spending.

Obamacare is falling apart, and Alvarez’s spin can’t change that. On that note, it would be good if the Administration stopped wasting taxpayer dollars on marketing the law; it makes them look desperate.