MSNBC host Chris Hayes said confusion about fundamental aspects of Obamacare is fueling the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. So he created a “For Dummies” segment on “All In With Chris Hayes” Friday called “Obamacare for Fox & Friends.”
Hayes introduced the segment with a clip of his Thursday night interview with Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., who appeared confused about how Obamacare would affect those who can’t afford healthcare and those already covered.
Hayes said those talking about Obamacare are keeping the public ignorant because of “blatant fear mongering” or simply because they themselves are “not understanding what it does.”
Hayes poked fun at “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy saying what he said Friday morning on the show is a “perfect example” of spreading misinformation about Obamacare.
Friday Doocy claimed that the government website for Obamacare will not actually be open until November, so individuals will not be able to shop for a policy. Hayes pointed out that this is untrue. The small business website to shop policies for employees won’t open until November. Individual will still be able to shop online for a policy Oct. 1.
Sign-up begins Oct. 1, online and on paper. Hayes pointed out that Dooky doesn’t appear to understand that a policy wouldn’t be effective until Jan. 1, when the law itself goes into effect. So, it’s not important whether or not the kinks are worked out with the website, Hayes said.
On a recent appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Hayes said Obamacare was passed based on the fact that it was so complicated.
“The main thing the law does is delivers millions of new customers to the private insurance industry, which is kind of the opposite of ‘blowing up the entire system.’ It’s adding to the system,” he said.
“If you’re home watching this right now, the odds are extremely high that essentially nothing, aside from some added benefits and protects, is going to change about your health insurance” on Oct. 1st when signup begins or Jan. 1st when the policies go into effect.
Doocy comaplined that Obamacare so far has only helped 1 percent of Americans get insured. But again, the law hasn’t gone into effect yet.
“That’s like complaining you haven’t gotten your hamburger yet from a restaurant that doesn’t open until next freaking week,” he said of Doocy.
“Laws are big and often complicated,” Hayes said, “and it is genuinely difficult to figure out the details. They’re confusing, and what might happen in the future is difficult to predict. But that’s what those of us in the news media are paid to do.”