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by Randi Rhodes posted Oct 29 2013 12:56PM

NBC reported that “50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a ‘cancellation’ letter or the equivalent.” They didn’t mention that the equivalent is a letter explaining that they’re getting a better package. Those “cancellations” are on policies that don’t meet the standards required under the new law. You’re not getting kicked off your policy so much as you’re getting kicked up to a better one. Republicans seized on the inaccuracies in the story to attack Obamacare. I’m sure they’re grateful for any situation where they don’t have to make up their own inaccuracies. Anytime the mainstream media gets a story wrong, they save the rightwing echo chamber the trouble of making up a wrong story from scratch.

Meanwhile, CBS News featured a story of a woman who will be paying 10 times more under Obamacare than what she paid for her old health insurance. It’s a story almost as disturbing as the story of the misreporting that went into the story. Dianne Barrette got a notice that her new health plan under Obamacare will cost her 10 times that $54. Sweetie, that’s because your new health coverage provides things the old one didn’t... like health coverage. Only a moron could look at this story and not see what’s going on. On that note, yes, Dianne has already been booked onto three Fox News shows. So a lot of morons will get to look at this story.

The Wall Street Journal has published a blistering op-ed attacking Obamacare written by Suzanne Somers. And yes, I made sure that I was not accidentally reading the Onion or some other satirical news site. Ted Cruz couldn’t get Obamacare repealed, but this Suzanne Somers thing might finally tip the scales. I think that we can all agree that if Blair from the Facts of Life joins in on this, then Obamacare is toast. The White House needs to respond to this right away. Somebody see if Loni Anderson is available.

Finally, this Friday 48 million people will see their food stamp benefits reduced. But most of the media won’t see that happening to them. A family of three will get $29 less per month in food stamps... which for many families means getting that much less per month in food.

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(10) Does the hospital that you are assigned still have the “Piggly Wiggly” sign on it? (9) Do the directions to your doctor's office include "Take a left when you enter the trailer park."? (8) Do the tongue depressors at your ObamaCare Doctor's Office taste faintly of Fudgesicles? (7) Is the only proctologist in the plan a guy named "Gus" from Roto-Rooter? (6) Is the only item listed under Preventive Care Coverage "an apple a day"? (5) Is your primary care physician wearing the pants you donated to Goodwill last month? (4) "The patient is responsible for 200% of out-of-network charges," is not a typographical error on the admission form at your ObamaCare Doctor's Office. (3) Is the only medical expense covered 100%…. "Embalming"? (2) Does Your Prozac come in different colors with little M's on them. (1) Are the only prescriptions that are 100% covered for assisted suicide? Why, YES, You've got ObamaCare.
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