Is The Media Going To Quantify The Pain To Pleasure Obamacare Ratio?

In his speech Monday, Obama started off by saying,

Well, we’ve now gotten the government back open for the American people, and today I want to talk about how we’re going to get the marketplaces running at full steam as well. And I’m joined today by folks who’ve either benefited from the Affordable Care Act already, or who are helping their fellow citizens learn about what this law means for them and how they can get covered.

He was referring to several “ordinary” people he had stand with him as he made his speech. By saying they had “benefited” from the plan, Obama was, to put it charitably, massively exaggerating. Perhaps almost everyone in the group counted as “helping their fellow citizens learn about what this law means for them” by posing with him as he gave his speech.

This raises the question in my mind: Is the media going to spend any effort trying to calculate the number of people who have been damaged by the so-called Affordable Car Act? Henry Payne wrote in the editorial section of the Detroit News,

Last week I got news that my health insurance costs are going up. A lot. In 2014 my monthly premium for a family of four will increase 15 percent to $575, my deductible will double to $3,000 and I will lose my drug coverage, adding another $100 a month to my expenses. My story is typical for employees of Gannett, the Detroit News’ parent company, and other businesses across the country.

Radio host Matthew Walsh asked for emails about how people were affected by Obamacare. He posted part of his response.

Meg, Georgia:

I’m a 12-hr night shift nurse in a hospital (the irony). I work part time so that my husband and I can trade off caring for our one-year-old (he’s a firefighter who works 24 hrs on- 48 off on a rotation). My manager called me and stated I would have to, because of Obamacare- related insurance cost restraints , etc (her words), either go up on the number of hours I work each week or become a per diem employee. Did I mention I’m 6 months pregnant? So, I had to decide whether to go up to working more hours than our family can handle or go “per diem” in which case I’d immediately lose all the paid sick leave I’ve been earning, hoping to use for maternity leave, as well as lose a short term disability policy I’ve been paying for which would also help with maternity leave. Guess which we chose? How on earth do you plan for the future with the future shape-shifting constantly on the whims of egomaniacal and out-of-touch politicians? Thank goodness for a supportive and geographically close extended family.

Lisa, Oregon:

I am a small business owner and have a family of 4. My health insurance costs are fixing to double and my deductible going up from 3000 to 10,000. Obamacare makes me SICK!

Jess, Oklahoma:

We are losing our current health insurance at the end of this year. My husband’s employer is getting rid of it due to Obamacare. Our insurance currently covers my husband, myself, and our two daughters. My husband’s employer is having to replace our current insurance with a policy that is $400 more a month and an added $3000 deductible. The worst of it is that it will now cost him $100 more a month to cover me, his WIFE! Disgusting.

Nick, Florida:

My current health insurance policy for my family of four is $375/month. The cheapest I can find for relatively similar coverage is $784/month. I can “save” money by going with a high deductible plan and pay $630/month. How is that saving? I can’t afford health insurance at these prices, and my employer doesn’t provide insurance to employees.

Again, this is only four of many similar responses.

John Hawkins at has found five horrific stories of people being destroyed by Obamacare, including this one:

(SJ Mercury News) Cindy Vinson and Tom Waschura are big believers in the Affordable Care Act. They vote independent and are proud to say they helped elect and re-elect President Barack Obama.

Yet, like many other Bay Area residents who pay for their own medical insurance, they were floored last week when they opened their bills: Their policies were being replaced with pricier plans that conform to all the requirements of the new health care law.

Vinson, of San Jose, will pay $1,800 more a year for an individual policy, while Waschura, of Portola Valley, will cough up almost $10,000 more for insurance for his family of four…

“I was laughing at Boehner — until the mail came today,” Waschura said, referring to House Speaker John Boehner, who is leading the Republican charge to defund Obamacare.

“I really don’t like the Republican tactics, but at least now I can understand why they are so pissed about this. When you take $10,000 out of my family’s pocket each year, that’s otherwise disposable income or retirement savings that will not be going into our local economy.”

Kevin Glass, also at wrote of a horror story not mentioned by Hawkins.

Has the mainstream media shown any interest in tabulating these kind of results? We hear about “success stories” but none of those vindicate the plan by itself. If I tell you I’ve helped a poor person by reducing ten other families to poverty that is not a success story. We need the big picture.

My hunch is the mainstream national media is afraid of the big picture. They all have a poster on their walls, like Fox Mulder and his UFO picture, with the caption “I want to believe.” But none of them want of believe “The truth is out there.”

It will be like stories of armed people stopping crime: we’ll only see the Obamacare damage stories in the local news. The national media will continue to tout a few successes without context and report on Obama’s promises as if they were real-world events rather than fantasies.