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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Focus on the truth

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  • More than $400 million dollars has been spent on TV ads trying to discredit the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare). This is America and we have the freedom to do that. What's not OK is that much of the so-called information is not true.
    The Koch brothers have put out another scary ad featuring a creepy Uncle Sam in a doctor's office, apparently taking advantage of unsuspecting patients. They are relying on people not having or not taking the time to find out the truth. There are many easily accessible websites explaining the facts about the ACA and exploding the myths.
    At least 80 percent of Americans will notice little change because they already have insurance that meets the law [Consumer Reports 9/29/2013]. For those who don't have health insurance, you can go to www.healthcare.gov and look under the state you reside in for the Health Insurance Marketplace.
    For those on Medicare, you don't have to do anything during enrollment. However, you will be getting more services. Here is the website which shows how the ACA will affect you: http://www.medicare.gov/about-us/affordable-care-act/affordable-care-act.html
    If you don't trust the government website, here is one from U.S. News and World Report "Will Obamacare Affect Medicare? Myths and Facts": http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-insurance/articles/2013/08/19/will-obamacare-affect-medicare-myths-and-facts
    To see if those stories you are hearing and reading about are true, this is a good website: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2013/sep/24/top-16-myths-about-health-care-law/
    —Gwendolyn Y Claassen, North Newton.
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