Yeah, I guessed WAY wrong.
The team is just getting killed on their Facebook page. I scrolled through a few pages of messages and did not find one person in support of this. Many, like Scally, were disappointed that the Ravens are getting involved in politics.
The ACA is the law of the land and isn't going anywhere anytime soon. As far as I'm concerned it's no longer a political issue--it's now simply a government program that should be implemented and administered as efficiently and effectively as possible.
We can debate what specifically that's going to look like, but would anybody be complaining if local civic organizations were helping seniors sign up for Social Security or Medicare, or attend government-sponsored financial planning classes, or something of the sort? That is what the Ravens are doing and they ought to be commended for their community outreach.
Of course, the harsh reality is that there are powerful interest groups out there who want and need this program to fail in order to validate their politics, and let the people be damned if they suffer for it. They will stop at nothing to mislead the public, sabotage the program, and then declare victory at the slightest hiccup of their own creation!
This is straight out of the Medicare playbook. In the 60's Reagan, Bush Sr., and many others vehemently opposed Medicare and said it would destroy the country. Flash forward 40 years and Medicare is enormously popular and provides the best results of any health care program in the country.
Obamacare = :thumbdown:
I am firmly in the "minority" that support the ACA (aka "Obamacare") and also in the sizeable majority that would support it if they understood what it does & does not do & how it can benefit them.
What exactly are the Ravens proposing to do?Imagine that. Providing information about what the ACA means for them. Soshulism, ah tells ya, soshulism!Quote:
“The partnership will provide Maryland Health Connection with the opportunity to reach and engage fans while making them aware of the new opportunity they have for health coverage beginning this fall through the health insurance marketplace.”
A Ravens spokesman said the team would reveal more details on Wednesday, after a conference call to discuss its role. According to the Maryland Health Connection, the team is expected to assist during a six-month enrollment period that begins on Oct. 1, a few weeks into the start of the NFL season. The partnership is intended “to connect with Maryland residents about the importance of developing a health coverage game plan.”
In Maryland, the partnership with the Ravens is one facet of a broader enrollment effort, which also includes a social media campaign and partnerships with CVS and Giant Food. The stores will provide shoppers with information about coverage.
But...but why should a private business like the Ravens be asked to do this? Shouldn't it be the government's job to inform the people about the effects of its laws?
In a sane world, it should be. In a world, that is, where the party in control of the House of Representatives hasn't gone out of its way to ensure that there is no funding for that activity.
IOW, not only is the government prevented from publicizing the law of the land, they apparently need to make sure no one else does either.Quote:
The NFL was among the sports leagues that Republican lawmakers warned against participating in Obamacare outreach efforts, and the league responded by insisting it had no plans to do so.
Why? Because right now, most of what folks think they know about the ACA comes from Far-Wrong opponents of the law lying their asses off at the top of their lungs, hoping that if people don't know how to make use of the law they will continue to suffer & then blame Obama & the Democrats for the failure & the GOP will thereby profit at the polls.
There's a whole lot of words for that sort of nasty-minded, misanthropic sabotage. My favorite among the cleaner ones is despicable.
I don't think Steve Bisciotti is an especial fan of Barack Obama or the Democratic Party. Major props all the more to him & the Ravens for doing what they can to get the facts out through the cacophony of self-serving lies.
I think the issue is there involved in the first place. Go read the Ravens Facebook page or twitter feed. Plenty of people are supporters of Obamacare but pissed that their sports team is getting into politics at all.
I;d be just as upset if the Ravens came out and supported the NRA and one could argue with the same reasoning's in your post -- if you took the time to really read what the NRA says, get through the cacophay of lies, etc -- but that still doesn't make it right, smart or prudent.
People use sports to get away from politics, left or right.
Unlike Medicare and Social Security, Obamacare is a partisan monstrosity that was passed by hook, crook, bribes and a pack of lies without any debate or compromise. All of the criticisms at the time it was being rammed through Congress in an unprecedented fashion are being shown to be true. All the pie-in-the-sky promises shown to be lies.
It is such poorly designed legislation that the Executive branch has had to trample the Constitution in order to delay and attempt to repair, by fiat, some of the more egregious problems. Interest groups that naively supported the law are now balking at the effects and want exemptions.
Of course the harsh reality is that there are powerful interest groups out there who want and need this program to succeed in order to validate their politics, and let the people be damned when they suffer for it. They will stop at nothing to mislead the public, push forward an unpopular program, and then declare that single-payer health care is the only "solution" to the problems of their own creation!
Medicare is completely unsustainable in its past and current form. That is an undeniable fact. It also is an inefficient and fraud-ridden program. It is however fairly popular, as are most things with hidden costs and visible rewards. I also have no idea what you mean by "health care program" in terms of results.
Obamacare has nothing to do with Medicare, except that the former robs hundreds of billions from the latter, but it will however massively expand Medicaid. And Medicaid provides by far the worse results of any health care program in the country, to the point where studies have shown that its results are no better than the results of being uninsured.
The problem is that the program reimburses so little that only the least-in-demand (read: worst) doctors see substantial numbers of Medicaid patients. The lack of supply of doctors and providers who accept Medicaid leads to a lack of access to care that adversely affects results and leads to a massive number of Medicaid patients simply going to the ER for all their health care needs and getting shuffled through with the minimum treatment possible (like uninsured patients often do). It also leads to insane results like children dying of dental cavity infections because their mother could not find/schedule an appointment with a Medicaid-accepting dentist for months.
study of outcomes
lack of access
It is hard to imagine a health care program that could be set up as poorly as Medicaid, frankly. Obviously some states are better than others, but overall the joint state-federal program is poor (compared to alternatives).