Refusing to give up on his signature health care plan, former President Barack Obama is still pushing the false claim that Obamacare participants’ monthly coverage costs less than their average cell phone bill.
The problematic government medical coverage that many critics consider unconstitutional because it penalizes Americans for opting not to purchase health care is still being touted by Obama as the best deal in the land.
“President Barack Obama is doing everything in his power to encourage average Americans to sign up for the Affordable Care Act – commonly referred to as Obamacare,” Townhall reported. “In fact, he's doing everything he possibly can to keep the legislation that has been deemed his legacy, from dying.”
Resorting to scare tactics?
Using a doomsday message, the former president took to Twitter Monday, where he posted a video, urging Americans that they had better sign up for Obamacare now – especially in the event that they end up getting “very sick” next year without medical coverage.
“No jump shots. No ferns. No memes. Not this time,” Obama opened up his tweet on Monday. “I’m going to give it to you straight: If you need health insurance for 2019, the deadline to get covered is December 15. Go to https://t.co/ob1Ynoesod today and pass this on – you just might save a life.”
However, it is contended that Obama’s warning of possible impending doom – including death – for Americans not covered by his so-called Affordable Care Act has been laden with misleading information erroneously assuring them that they can be covered for less than $100 per month, which is typically more affordable than the average monthly cell phone payment.
“What's bogus is Obama makes the claim that most people can get health insurance for $50 to $100 a month, which he says is significantly less than a person's cell phone bill,” Townhall’s Beth Baumann asserted.
In the face of the 44th president’s assertion, the conservative media and other critics of Obama’s signature health care plan have been vocal that the “Affordable” Care Act is – and has always been – anything but affordable to most Americans.
“A couple years ago – when I had my own business – I had health insurance through the exchange,” Baumann recounted. “I was paying roughly $350/month for just myself.”
Many times higher than the “cheap” ACA premiums to which Obama alluded, the amount Americans have to pay their local doctor’s office every time they show up for a checkup or treatment is more than the average American can afford – and it is even worse for those who have children.
“My deductible was significantly lower than some of the other plans that had lower premiums and higher deductibles,” Baumann added. “I don't see the doctor very much, but when I do, I don't want a $300–$400 bill.”
She went on to state her case for how unaffordable ACA is for even young Americans without the financial responsibility paying more premium charges with other family members added to the plan.
“Out of curiosity, I checked how much it would be for me to get a plan on Obamacare,” Baumann shared. “Right now – for a 26-year-old who sees the doctor three to four times a year and takes two to three prescriptions – there was nothing under $270 in Idaho.”
She used the figures she pounded out to disprove Obama’s deceptive “cheaper than your cell phone bill” claim.
“How is that less than my cell phone bill, and how is that affordable when the deductibles are thousands and thousands of dollars?” Baumann questioned Obama and his misleading motivation for Americans to purchase Obamacare as this year comes to a close. “What incentive do people – especially young adults my age – have to enroll in Obamacare when they'd pay more health insurance than they'd spend out-of-pocket for the few times a year they see the doctor?”
The conservative journalist said Obama’s cell phone claim can just be added to the heap of lies he has used over the years to sell naïve Americans on his arguably unconstitutional signature health care plan.
“This is another fabricated lie – just like, ‘If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,’" Baumann concluded.
Obama out of office, ACA still not affordable
Back in October 2013 – during his second term in office – Obama did his best to calm Americans’ concerns that his Affordable Care Act was anything but affordable.
"One study shows that through new options created by the Affordable Care Act, nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will find that they can get covered for less than $100 a month,” Obama declared on the White House’s official website at the time. “Think about that. Through the marketplaces you can get health insurance for what may be the equivalent of your cell phone bill. Or your cable bill. And that’s a good deal."
Obama’s intimidation tactics to get Americans to purchase their health coverage through Obamacare – especially using his ACA premium vs. cell phone bill comparison – has been viewed as comparing apples to oranges.
“Still, health insurance isn't the same thing as a cell phone bill,” Politifact.com asserted in October 2013.
And his warning to those who might suffer from serious illnesses in 2019 is viewed as even more misleading.
“It's insurance, so people who get sick will face additional costs in the form of co-pays and deductibles,” Politifact’s Julie Kliegman pointed out. “Policyholders who get sick could be shelling out thousands of dollars each year for health care – much more than any cell phone bill.”