Did You Do This on July 4th?

In Alaska, we prize our summers and especially our weekends due to the long dark winters.  Many of us recreate in Alaska’s vast wilderness.  Others work in their gardens, play with their kids, and just get outdoors to enjoy the weather.  Did anyone discuss the merits of Obamacare during the beautiful Fourth of July celebration?  Your government, yes the US Dept of Health & Human Services, wanted you to talk about the good points of Obamacare while eating that hot dog, hamburger, salmon and potato salad!  Can you believe they spent your tax dollars trying to persuade Americans to celebrate Independence Day by reciting the talking points of Obamacare?

Here is the message straight from DHHS spokesperson Kevin Griffis:

Tips for Talking to Your Family about the Affordable Care Act this Fourth of July

“This Fourth of July, families across the nation will gather around hot dogs (or their favorite vegetarian alternative) and potato salad to spend some quality time together, watch fireworks and reflect on the holiday’s meaning. But as much as we love our families – and we do, seriously –we don’t always agree when it comes to current events, like last week’s Supreme Court decision upholding tax credits that help make insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more affordable for millions of people.
Misinformation about the ACA is everywhere, and there’s been a lot of money spent to spread that misinformation – as much as half a billion dollars in ads, according to one 2014 estimate. Not surprisingly, many Americans still don’t know how changes the law made to insurance and the health care system can help improve their lives.
You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, “Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone!” So here are a few points to remember during this long holiday weekend:
Situation: Uncle Ted claims Obamacare is a train wreck and has cost jobs.
You say: Uncle Ted, you’ve gotten ahold of some old talking points. With greater access to affordable, quality health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is helping individuals and strengthening our economy!
Now, would you like more corn?
Situation: Your brother has a great idea for a start-up, but he’s afraid to lose benefits when he leaves his current job.
You say: The Affordable Care Act can help! (Note: The exclamation point denotes enthusiasm about the ACA, not an instruction to scream at your family.)
Today, all Americans can go online to a Health Insurance Marketplace and shop for quality health coverage. If you decide to start your own business, change jobs or you get laid off, that doesn’t mean you have to lose health coverage.”

Boy, I sure can’t wait to see what the US DHHS has in store for us on Labor Day and Halloween!

For more July 4th talking points on Obamacare go here: https://1.usa.gov/1GSJQu8