White Paper Proposal 2: Society


My previous proposal focused upon the “government” aspect, whereas this post will focus on “society”.  The insurance mandate within the Affordable Care Act has caused an uproar across the nation.  The constitutionality is still called into question, even after the act passed through the U.S. Supreme Court.  A big issue with the controversy is that many people are strongly opposed to the Act because they do not want to purchase health insurance, yet these people are the ones incurring so much cost to the U.S. healthcare system by consuming too much emergency care.

The ruling has also created societal divides based on misperceptions stemming from biased reports from both pro and con Obamacare groups.  People with strong political opinions will obviously seek information from their political parties, which inevitably leads to strongly opinioned opponents or supporters.  In order to compile a sufficiently accurate list of misperceptions, I will have to cross-reference points made on both pro and con sites.

Here is a tentative list of potentially biased points from both liberal and conservative sources:

Liberal Source- “Conservative Lies” (ourfuture.org/healthcare):

The site lists reasons why all of the following are untrue

-health reform is being rushed

-reform will hurt seniors

-you won’t be able to keep your plan if you like it

-you won’t be able to buy additional care if you can afford it

-the house bill will insure illegal aliens

-the house bill is not deficit neutral over the next 10 years

-health reform will raise taxes on small businesses

-house bill will keep you from being able to see a specialist

-medicare is running out of money

-president Obama is not familiar with the text of the bill

-studies show that 83.4 million people will lose their private insurance

-Anyone can go to the ER for care

-MA shows the HC reform is too expensive

-death panels will determine whether or not to euthanize the elderly


Conservative Source- “End of the American Dream” (endoftheamericandream.com)

-Government can make you buy something you don’t want

-The IRS will spend extra money to track down people to penalize

-higher taxes (over 20 more)

-increased paperwork

-decreased life expectancy

-increase health insurance premiums

-doctor shortage

-add more than a trillion dollars in government spending over the next 10 years

-add more Medicaid, taxpayers pay for it

-longer wait times

-small businesses will have to pay for employee coverage


I believe that these sources are reliable in their own right; that is to say that they fit the “biased” criteria that I am seeking.  I’m really looking forward to delving into this further to find out what the most significant misperceptions surrounding Obamacare are.  Because I will be focusing upon the individual mandate, some of the points from the pro and con sites above will be irrelevant.


4 thoughts on “White Paper Proposal 2: Society

  1. You didn’t cite an actual government source for the prior one. However, the Supreme Court decision, dissent, and amicus curae briefs will be useful for you.

  2. Given the politicized nature of this debate, I think you need to make your own decision about whether you use Obamacare or ACA. It is complicated. Whatever you choose, explain your thinking in your final paper.

    Sometime in the campaign, Obama embraced the term while at the same time, it was used as a negative label by Republicans or opponents.

  3. I think more of the resistance comes from business interests that do not want to have to cover employees. See recent news on employers threatening to lay off employees so as to not to participate. Denny’s franchise maybe?

    There may be true citizen opposition in an organized way. There is polling data about it being relatively unpopular. But a close reading may show that people don’t like the mandate but do like the guaranteed coverage. Yeah, I’d like no calorie ice cream and free gas too.

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