Let’s get past the discussion of the Obamacare website. The launch was a mess.
When your friends, relatives, Koch brother fans and Fox News viewers start complaining, seven talking points points come in handy. And they’re easy to remember.
Seven Talking Points for Turkey and Obamacare
1. The thing that I like best is that since the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, became law young people can remain on their parents’ insurance until they are 26.
2. It’s also good to know that children can no longer be denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition.
3. They say that no one is signing up. Hey, more than 500,00 have signed up so far and 80 thousand signed up so far in California where its Covered California website works very well.
4. When they say it’s too expensive, remind them that individuals and families are likely to pay far less than they do now for health insurance.
5. And when they say, “Anyway, it’s unconstitutional,” you can say, “The Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional and that includes the requirement that individuals purchase insurance if they don’t have it.”
6. When they say Obamacare hurts small business, you can say that only small businesses with over 50 employees have to participate. About 96 percent of small businesses have fewer than 50 employees. Those small businesses that do have to sign on get tax credits for up to 50 percent of their employees’ health coverage. And while there won’t be a website for small businesses to sign up until 2014, small businesses can use their own insurance brokers to sign up. In addition, studies show that because people don’t have to stick with their employer in order to get health insurance, many are more likely to start small business of their own.
7. If they say, Obamacare’s Healthcare.gov website doesn’t work, you can say, “It’s getting better every day. And after November 30th, the site is expected to handled 100,000 users at the same time. Others will be put in what they call a queue just as you might find when you’re waiting to talk to a customer service person anywhere else.