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Is Obamacare the “Train Wreck”, or is it Fox News?

Eric Stern wondered if the accusations by Fox News that Obamacare is a “train wreck” have any basis in reality. So he was very interested when Sean Hannity last week had three couples on his show, each of which had an Obamacare “horror story” to tell.

But their stories often didn’t make sense, so he decided to check them out. Stern knows quite a bit about the Affordable Care Act. He even worked as a senior advisor to a governor to help him deal with the new rules brought about by the law.

Stern actually tracked down all three couples who appeared on the show and talked to them to see what was going on. Unsurprisingly, all three couples had a strong dislike for Obamacare. But as he found out, none of this dislike has much to do with any actual experiences.

One couple runs a construction company, and claimed that Obamacare was hurting his business. But Stern found out that their construction business only has four employees, and Obamacare doesn’t affect businesses with fewer than 50 employees (other than to require them to tell their employees about the website).

Another couple is currently paying around $13,200 a year for a health insurance policy that doesn’t even cover one of their children because of a preexisting condition. Had they looked up how much a new policy would cost them? No they hadn’t. So Stern looked it up, and found that under Obamacare they could get a better policy that would cover all their children for only $7,600 a year.

The third couple was told that their new Obamacare-compliant policy would cost them 50 to 75% more than their current policy. Who told them that? Their insurance company agent! They would not look it up on the government website because they hate Obamacare and want nothing to do with it. So Stern looked it up for them and found that they could get a similar plan for 63% less than they are currently paying.

These are Hannity’s best examples of Obamacare train wrecks?



  1. il-08 wrote:

    This sounds like a ‘Daily Show’ segment…

    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink
  2. wghenrich wrote:

    Great I saw this report on MSNBC, but you said it well and made it simple for people to understand…Shame once again on Fox News.

    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  3. johnny ro wrote:

    low information folks make poor choices from the view of higher information folks. Including hating those trying to help them.

    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink
  4. Izzie Fareal wrote:

    If the ACA is sooooo horrible why do they got to fabricate or mislead to try and make it seem horrible? Why do they have such a hard time finding REAL “horror stories”….the best the could do was 3 couples who obviously didn’t know what they were talking about and lived in the fact-free right wing bubble. Had they at least tried the ACA they could save money while getting more coverage at the same time and the one that owned a business with 4 employees would benefit from not listening to Sean Hannity! Step 1: Lie loud and often. Step 2: REPEAT….and this is the result! under informed citizens who THINK they are experiencing the “horrors of obamacare” and what they are really experiencing is the “horror” of living in a right wing spin cycle, lies, misleading half-truth, bigotry and hate……all the while crying over nonexistent issues (for them at least) from that “horrible” health care law. BOO HOO, cry me a f-ing river!!!!!!!!

    Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

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