CA Republicans use taxpayer dollars to send mail to bash the ACA with fake website
by David Atkins
Karoli at Crooks and Liars has a great report on the latest round of franked, taxpayer-funded mail from Republican Assemblymembers in California. They've actually put up their own propaganda site at "CoveringHealthCareCA.com" with outright propaganda against the ACA, trying to veer people away from the exchanges. Needless to say, it's set up to look like an official government site.
Here's one pathetic example from the FAQ:
Does the law penalize low-income households?Or their tab on "young adults":
A: There are subsidies in the program for health insurance. However, there is an argument that the Affordable Care Act provides strong incentives for firms to avoid hiring workers from low-income households. Eligibility for receiving subsidized insurance is based on household income, and firms can be penalized if one of their workers gets subsidized coverage in an exchange. Thus, firms have a strong incentive to find workers who won’t qualify for subsidized coverage. For instance, a restaurant might find it better to hire young waiters from upper-income neighborhoods, as opposed to low-income areas, because they would be less likely to qualify for subsidized insurance in the exchange.
Young adults will end up paying for much of federal health care reform by subsidizing the cost of sicker people, or by paying a tax penalty if they do not obtain health insurance under the provisions of the individual mandate, which requires all Californians to have coverage beginning in 2014.These people are disgusting and shameless.
Subsidizing Sicker Adults
The Affordable Care Act requires young adults to pay higher premiums for health insurance because the law prohibits insurers from denying coverage to sicker individuals because of pre-existing conditions and limits what they can charge to older or sicker policy holders. This will mean that young adults will pay higher premiums even though they are generally healthier and do not visit the doctor as often.