While President Obama will be speaking at Washington-Lee High School on Sunday, the Arlington Falls Church Young Republicans plan to hand out mock flyers informing the public that health insurance policies are being terminated, and the price tag for those health care plans will be increasing. The political stunt is meant to decline support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. However, the flyers are not official termination papers from health insurance companies, nor include facts about the ACA.
The Young Republicans are resorting to scare tactics and handing out flawed information to sway the public against the ACA.
Here are the facts not mentioned in the mock flyers:
- Insurance companies are not outright dropping customers, nor are Americans losing their coverage entirely.
- Certain health care policies provided by insurance companies did not match the minimum standards set up by the ACA, so these insurance companies are informing certain customers that they would be phased out of their old plans for new ones that meet new standards; therefore, these new plans provide better and more extensive coverage.
- Americans are free to shop around for new plans via the marketplace or other private insurers to find the best price for their budget.
The ACA does not force any American off their health insurance plan; rather, they give Americans the opportunity to transfer from their previous policies that fail to meet basic health care standards to plans that do and provide superior medical coverage.