Saturday, August 24, 2013

Fox News In My Face

I don't watch television at the gym.  I'm sure you're wondering where this is going, but I'll get there, I promise.  When I'm at the gym I listen to podcasts.  Smartest Man in the World, The Nerdist, Slate's Political Gabfest, The Bugle, and WTF with Marc Maron are my top five...not that you were wondering, but now you know.

In any case, while I'm plugging away at the treadmill there are four televisions that are lined up in front of the treadmills and they play Fox News, CNN and...I can't remember what else.  As a creature of habit, there's a specific treadmill I prefer to use, as long as no one is at the treadmill next to it, and it is just off to the left of the Fox News television.  Fox News didn't play into my choice of treadmill.  It's just that it's the treadmill that is least likely to be near other people unless the gym is really busy.  Fox News is just a bummer that's always there.  Happily, I don't have to hear what's going on on any of these televisions unless I want to plug my earbuds into the treadmill and thanks to podcasts, I don't.

Even if I don't choose to listen, however, the televisions always have the closed captioning on, so I sometimes inadvertently read along.  In order to put the brakes on my sadomasochistic tendencies, I will often take my glasses off so that I can't readily read what's happening even if my eyes do wonder up to the screen.  Today, however, something caught my eye that is just the most classic Fox News horse crap and I needed to share it.

The image that initially caught my eye was President Obama speaking, so I glanced up and squinted somewhat absent-mindedly at the screen, recognizing an old statement he made about the Affordable Care Act.  You may remember when he said If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your current health insurance plan you can keep it.”  Well it would seem that people on the right are screaming bloody murder because various companies are changing their insurance policies and their plans, etc.  

Politifact gave the President's initial statement on this a rating of Half-True because he does make it sound as though you have the option to keep your plan no matter what and clearly, if you get your health insurance - like many people - through your employer, that may not be the case.  What he very likely meant was that the government wasn't going to come along and dictate who your insurance provider was going to be, but this is beside the point.  Obamacare or no Obamacare, if you get your health insurance through your employer you do not have the option to freely decide on your insurance provider whether that means choosing your provider or choosing whether to stay with your provider.  

It is exhausting to keep up with all the ridiculous and idiotic attacks on the Affordable Care Act that emerge day after day.  It's so exhausting that I try not to pay too much attention to them, but occasionally they annoy me to such an extent that I need to get it out and so here I am.  The AFA is the law of the land.  The Supreme Court approved it and the fight is over.  There have been 40 votes to repeal or defund the AFA and they've all died.  Is the AFA the best we could hope for?  No.  The best we could hope for is a single-payer system where everyone - actually everyone - is covered.  So until we come up with something better, this is what we've got and just because rich, greedy assholes have made it their job to try to ruin it for us all doesn't mean it's bad.