You've probably heard the latest round of misinformation about the results of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Every Republican congressional member and conservative talking head on the Sunday morning talk shows spoke about the letters to 300,000 Floridians from Florida Blue, a division of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, advising that they were going to lose their individual coverage because of the ACA.
These talking points failed to mention several very important points. First, the policies are being canceled because they don't meet the minimum acceptable benefit coverage required under the new law. Secondly and most importantly, the letters clearly state that "prior to their 2014 renewal date, each member will receive a letter that instructs them to contact Florida Blue to review their migration options. These new plans will offer more comprehensive benefits in 2014" and thus will comply with the law. The letter also states that, "We'll help you find a plan that's right for you" and a Florida Blue spokesperson stated "...nobody is throwing anybody off a cliff."
Another report was that 160,000 Californians were advised by letters that their insurance was being canceled due to the ACA. Similar results were found when the report was checked out.
The only folks who are trying to purposely misinform the public are Republicans who are continuing their effort to discredit the ACA, the signature effort of President Obama. I wonder why?
Michael F. Vezeau
Sun City Hilton Head