The ad reminded me of recent Koch brothers-funded anti-Obamacare TV commercials of the same theme, featuring a disturbing, frozen-faced caricature of “Uncle Sam” medically violating the bodies of young men and women who sign up for health insurance.
Cringe-worthy innuendo meant to discourage participation in Obamacare may be politics as usual, but these efforts by billionaire special interests and their lockstep politicians fail to alter the reality that is increased access to healthcare for millions of Americans.
I signed up through the heathcare.gov website on Thanksgiving morning. Using an iPad, it took less than two hours to enroll, review options and purchase health insurance from Alabama’s largest provider. I received my cards in the mail six days later.
The Obamacare I experienced was in no way creepy or a personal violation, as the TV and mail campaigns would lead me to believe. And my new, affordable, private insurance coverage is equal to or better than most employer-sponsored plans I’ve had during the 30 years I’ve spent in the workplace.
Sen. Marsh could be using his leadership position in the Alabama Senate to try and duplicate the many health-care success stories rapidly expanding in states as near as Kentucky and as far as California. Instead, he is actively campaigning with tasteless imagery, milking the Obamacare fears and falsehoods for all they are worth, to the detriment of people he was elected to serve.
James R. (Jim) Moore