Act now or you’ll have to wait until 2016 to get health care coverage and the peace of mind that only the Affordable Care Act provides. That’s the line Vice President Biden pitches as he sits in for the president in the weekly address.
As we enter the New Year, this sales pitch capitalizes on those resolving for better health in 2015. But not just getting to the gym or eating healthier, signing up for Obamacare.
“Everyone is beginning to realize what millions of you already know — the Affordable Care Act is working and we’re just getting started,” Biden said.
And according to the video, this is how it’s working: 7 million sign ups in 2014, in “many cases” costs less than your cell phone or cable bill, getting extra care through Medicaid, no denial because of pre-existing conditions, free mammograms and blood pressure screenings.
But wait, there’s more!
Log onto HealthCare.gov and choose from a “menu of a bunch of different plans” and as an added bonus, you’ll get peace of mind, security, freedom, choice, and opportunity at no extra charge.
Don’t speak English? No problem! Translators are available to assist online, over the phone, or in person in over 150 languages.
But you have to act now because if you don’t sign up by Feb. 15, “you’re going to have to wait until 2016 to get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.” (All that was missing here was a “sad trombone” cue)
While Biden mentions that families can qualify for government subsidies to help lower their premiums, he fails to mention they’ll have to pay it back in the future if their income increases. There’s no fine print disclaimers in this infomercial to clear that up.
Giving thanks to the law (several times) for all the blessings it brings, here’s Biden’s closing argument:
[W]e have finally ended the debate in this country of whether or not health insurance is a right or a privilege. We think everyone in America has a right to have adequate health care insurance. And the Affordable Care Act gives them that right.