Sebelius: Misinformation is Obamacare Enemy No. 1
Ever since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in March 2010, the complexities of the health care reform have drawn criticism; even supporters wince at the length of the document because the complexities have caused extreme implementation difficulties and eased the dissemination of misinformation.
A speech given by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius before the National Conference of State Legislatures Health Summit in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday was meant to highlight the efforts the Obama administration was making to help states “meet the challenges” of implementing the Affordable Care Act. But the comments Sebelius made in an interview after the speech carried a much stronger indictment of the what she believes to be the main problem facing implementation: misinformation.
As Bloomberg reported Tuesday, the Health and Human Services Secretary believes that the Obama administration must combat the “misinformation” that Republican governors are spreading in their states. In fact, Sebelius claimed that the lack of “correct facts” is such a problem that the Affordable Care Act will only succeed in states run by Democrats who support the health care reform, meaning states like Georgia, where a Republican governor leads a Republican-dominated legislature, “the job is made doubly difficult.” Because the state chose not to set up its own exchange, the federal government has taken over the task. Georgia has also decided not to expand Medicaid, a problem the federal government cannot rectify so easily.