2014 Predictions

The biggest prediction I can make for next year is that the media will rally to Obama and Obamacare. With an election nearing, all will fall in behind him. Any past criticisms of our glorious leader will become as unlikely as Miley Cyrus entering a nunnery.

Already the New York Times has signaled this with their ridiculous defense of Benghazi story over the weekend. It was the racist video after all! Chris Stevens and the SEALs have been thrown away faster than Food Network ditched Paula Deen. Big media will avoid this topic like H1N1, especially since the Clintons’ hands are on it.

Don’t look for much attention to the IRS scandals or NSA snooping. The same people who excoriated GWB over phone taps find it snugly within the scope of the law now.

But it’s Obamacare that will suddenly become the most wonderful thing ever. The Washington Post signaled this with their story titled: “Beneath health law’s botched rollout is basic benefit for millions of uninsured Americans.” They gave the narrative approach Obama wants used with this story:

Adam Peterson’s life is about to change. For the first time in years, he is planning to do things he could not have imagined. He intends to have surgery to remove his gallbladder, an operation he needs to avoid another trip to the emergency room. And he’s looking forward to running a marathon in mid-January along the California coast without constant anxiety about what might happen if he gets injured.

These plans are possible, says Peterson, who turned 50 this year and co-manages a financial services firm in Champaign, Ill., because of a piece of plastic the size of a credit card that arrived in the mail the other day: a health insurance card.

Peterson is among the millions of uninsured Americans who are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law that launched far-reaching changes to the U.S. health-care system and is President Obama’s premier domestic achievement…

“I get these messages from acquaintances on Facebook saying, ‘Let me keep my doctor,’ ’’ Peterson said. “Well, what about those of us who didn’t have health insurance before? . . . I have been walking a tightrope and have had some twists and falls off of it. To not have to worry about this anymore is a tremendous relief…”

For Adam Peterson, awaiting gallbladder surgery in Illinois, the dark tunnel without insurance began about six years ago, when he decided to forgo health coverage because he needed the cash to set up his financial services business. The cost of that decision hit home in March, when the emergency surgery to remove a gallstone cost him $27,000.

When he went to HealthCare.gov this fall, the online system at first balked at verifying his identity — an essential step. It took a few calls to a help line before anyone called back. But just before Thanksgiving, he managed to enroll in a top-tier plan with a monthly premium of $475.

“I do not feel that it gives me the freedom to do reckless things,” Peterson said, contemplating his insurance coverage, which begins on New Year’s Day. “More, it just allows me to live a normal life with one less worry.”

Get it? The media is to use personal stories (with embellishments) that show the ACA saved his life. It saved him money, too! It’s basically a right and anyone opposing it is a mean, heartless bastard. No mention of doctor shortages, long waits for operations, identity theft issues and poor quality care. No mention of millions dropped by their insurance companies, trimming of jobs by companies to comply with Obamacare and confusion as to who is actually covered. No mention of the lopsided enrollment in which more sign up for free Medicaid than enroll as paying customers.

What, me worry?

This prescription is to be followed by all newspapers. Already they have been slow to criticize Obamacare. Notice how the Commercial Appeal never went after Memphians who had problems enrolling? They have been loathe to voice much objection to it; a real disservice to readers.

Remember, the WaPo said this was Obama’s “premier domestic achievement.” It will not be anything but that, no matter how Americans suffer with it.

There’s a good take down of this article at JustOneMinute. It is here: http://justoneminute.typepad.com/main/2013/12/obamacare-making-insurance-affordable-for-fitness-buffs.html

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