Forget getting the cranberries ready, the pie cooked, the stuffing made or the turkey roasted, an email from Erin Hannigan at BarackObama.com told readers today that it’s most important to prepare to fight with your family and friends over Obamacare.
“No matter what Uncle Doug has to say tomorrow, make sure you’re armed with the facts,” she warns, with a link to a BuzzFeed community site that is headlined “5 Handy Responses To Misinformed Arguments About Obamacare.”
“If you’re like me, you’re getting mentally prepared to be put on the spot by one of your loved ones – especially when it comes to health care reform,” Hannigan wrote. “Here are some helpful, last-minute pointers we put together to make sure you’re ready for whatever’s headed your way tomorrow.”
She advised, “You should save it, bookmark it, print it out, or just read it right now.”
Family and friends, the email explains, should be told directly how they’re wrong.
For example: “If they say: The Affordable Care Act is increasing health care costs. Tell Them: Actually, the majority of Americans will pay lower premiums, and many will qualify for subsidies.”
But a fact check reveals the system and the website have failed so badly, it’s hard to guess how many people will pay higher premiums, lower premiums or the same.
She continued: “If they say: No one wants Obamacare. Tell them: Demand has been huge. More than five hundred thousand people have already signed up, including Speaker John Boehner.”
However, that answer leaves out the fact that while 500,000 – which is far below worst-case projections – may have signed up, more than 5 million others have had their insurance coverage canceled by Obamacare.
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