With the healthcare exchange website still dealing with technical glitches, Republicans and the right-wing media are taking the opportunity to attack the Affordable Care Act. Fox News is not an exception.
With nearly 50 million people uninsured, President Obama passed his signature health care reform during his first term as Commander in Chief of the United States. Now during his fifth year in office, the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," has been rolled out and despite computer issues, reports estimate that nearly 700,000 people have enrolled to gain access to affordable health insurance. While not all of the nearly 50 million uninsured will receive care, much because Republican governors in over 20 states refused to expand Medicaid to their citizens, but millions will be able to take advantage of the new health care law.
While it's far from perfect, "Obamacare" is a step in the right direction and has seen an increase in popularity since the roll-out started on October 1st. Though many are signing up, the right-wing media has amped up their attack. Appearing on "Hannity" on Fox News, Fox News regular contributor Dr. Marc Siegel argued that their are too many people who already have health insurance and that if more people continue to sign up through the exchange, people like himself will have to take a cut in pay.
"What Obamacare really got wrong in a big way is understanding that we are talking about the healthcare needs of the people of the U.S., not the health insurance needs. It's a totally different thing. Before they started this, we were all in trouble with insurance to begin with. There is too much health insurance, it covers too much. Too many people have it and they can't get into my office to see me. I'm full, i'm busy struggling with electronic health records. I can't see all these people . There's a shortage of doctors. So what are they going to do? They're gonna pay us less."
With millions of Americans uninsured, to even suggest that "too many people" already have health insurance is beyond absurd. Dr. Siegel did let his true colors show as he closed his thoughts complaining that he might see a dip in pay. There is no hard evidence that shows that all doctors will receive a cut in pay, but Fox News continues to push the rhetoric. Doctors in the United States receive some of the largest salaries for their profession than anywhere else in the world, unfortunately at the expense of high health insurance costs and lack of those who can afford to purchase it.
Fox News and other right-wing media outlets are on the defensive about the potential success of "Obamacare," because if it all ends up working out for the American people, the Republican party will end up the losers.