Wikipedia’s Obamacare article continues to knowingly and deliberately include false information
On October 15, 2013, I posted Wikipedia’s article on Obamacare is a heavily censored, utopian puff piece that ignores Obamacare’s real world problems
On November 6, 2013, I followed that up with Wikipedia’s Obamacare article continues to be a heavily biased and censored puff piece
Now, on November 30, 2013, I am writing part 3 of this series.
Wikipedia’s Obamacare article still includes a substantial amount of false information. Suggestions to correct this, with many reliable sources, have been repeatedly posted on the article’s talk page, but the comments were erased, and the editors who made these comments were banned.
So we know that it is not an accident that wikipedia contains false information about Obamacare. It is a deliberate action on the part of Obama supporters. They saw the comments on the talk page about how to correct the article, but they knowingly and deliberately chose to continue keeping the false information in the article.
The article has a section called “Effects on insurance premiums,” which cites 12 different sources. However, all of those sources talk about premiums going down. There are zero references to the “rate shock” that has been widely reported by the mainstream media. Many news sources, including the Washington Post, the Christian Science Monitor, Investor’s Business Daily, the Daily Caller, CBS News, Forbes, CNN, the San Jose Mercury News, and the San Francisco Chronicle, have reported on Obamacare’s “rate shock,” and have been cited on the article’s talk page. But the Obama supporters at wikipedia will not allow any of this information to be in the article.
The article has a section called “Change in number of uninsured” which has 10 citations. However, it only mentions increases, both theoretical increases and real increases. It does not mention any of the people who lost their insurance, whether these be theoretical losses or real losses. For example, it does not mention any of the following 22 examples:
1) After Obamacare was passed, the Congressional Budget Office said that the law would cause seven million people to lose their employer provided insurance.
2) After Obamacare was passed, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East announced that it would drop health insurance for the children of more than 30,000 low-wage home attendants. Mitra Behroozi, executive director of benefit and pension funds for 1199SEIU stated
“… new federal health-care reform legislation requires plans with dependent coverage to expand that coverage up to age 26… meeting this new requirement would be financially impossible.”
3) After Obamacare was passed, the Franciscan University of Steubenville dropped its coverage in response to the law.
4) Universal Orlando dropped its coverage for part time employees in response to Obamacare.
5) After Obamacare was passed, Forbes reported
“The House Ways and Means Committee has released a new report that sheds light onto how Obamacare incentivizes companies to dump their workers onto the new law’s subsidized exchanges.”
6) After Obamacare was passed, MSN reported
“The Affordable Care Act mandate most commonly known as Obamacare has some tight stipulations that, CNN says, are forcing health care companies to rip up most of their current plans and draft new ones that comply. According to a University of Chicago study, just about half of the individual health care plans currently on the market won’t cut it once key provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in next year.”
7) It was reported that Obamacare would cause 58,000 Aetna and UnitedHealth Group customers in California to lose their insurance.
8) In response to Obamacare, some employers have dropped coverage for their employees’ spouses. In August 2013, it was reported that UPS had announced that it would be dropping 15,000 spouses of its employees from its health insurance, and that it had cited Obamacare as the reason it was doing this.
9) The chain of Wegmans supermarkets cancelled the policies of its part time employees in response to Obamacare.
10) In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare
“will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits… these restrictions will make non-profit plans like ours unsustainable… we can no longer stand silent in the face of elements of the Affordable Care Act that will destroy the very health and well being of our members along with millions of other hardworking Americans”
11) In August 2013, it was reported that 106,000 New Jersey citizens would lose their health insurance because of Obamacare.
12) In September 2013, IBM announced that it would be switching 110,000 of its retirees from their current IBM-provided health insurance to the Obamacare exchanges.
13 In September 2013, Trader Joe’s announced that, in response to Obamacare, it would stop providing insurance to its part time employees.
14) In October 2013, it was reported that at least 146,000 people in Michigan would be losing their insurance because of Obamacare.
15) In October 2013, it was reported that Florida Blue would be dropping 300,000 customers because of Obamacare.
16) In October 2013, it was reported that 491,977 individual insurance plans in California would be canceled because of Obamacare.
17) In October 2013, it was reported that, in response to Obamacare, Home Depot would stop providing insurance to its part time employees.
18) In October 2013, it was reported that Obamacare was forcing CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield to cancel the insurance of 76,000 people in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., because their policies did not meet the minimum requirements of Obamacare.
19) In October 2013, it was reported that hundreds of thousands of people in Washington state would be losing their insurance because of Obamacare.
20) In November 2013, it was reported that nearly nearly 250,000 people in Colorado would lose their insurance because of Obamacare.
21) In June 2010 in the Federal Register, the Obama administration estimated that 93 million people would lose their insurance because of Obamacare.
22) On November 12, 2013, Forbes reported:
The Obamacare Exchange Scorecard: Around 100,000 Enrollees And Five Million Cancellations
HHS has released the official numbers here. The HHS report states that only 26,794 people enrolled in the federal exchange—which amounts to 23 per state per day—and 79,391 enrolled in the state-based exchanges, for a total of 106,185.
In the market for individually-purchased health insurance, more than 4.8 million Americans have received notices that their preexisting plans are soon to be illegal, and will be cancelled. Many more cancellation notices are imminent.
The article talks about the new 29-hour work week, but falsely claims that this is limited to “several businesses and the State of Virginia.” The actual number of documented examples is much larger, and this information has been mentioned on the article’s talk page several times. But the Obama supporters at wikipedia prefer that the article contain lies about this instead of the truth. As a result, none of the following 15 examples are in the article:
1) The New York Times reported that Obamacare
“sharply penalizes full-time employment in favor of part-time employment.”
2) In response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, some restaurants have announced plans to switch some of their employees from full time to part time, including some franchises of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Taco Bell, White Castle, and Fatburger.
3) Community College of Allegheny County switched 200 professors and 200 other employees from full time to part time in response to Obamacare. Clint Benjamin, an English professor at Community College of Allegheny County, said that this would reduce his own monthly pay by $600.
4) In response to the employer mandate of Obamacare, other colleges have announced plans to switch some of their employees from full time to part time, including Florida’s Palm Beach State College, Ohio’s Youngstown State University, and New Jersey’s Kean University.
5) The Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh reduced the hours of 48 of its employees in response to Obamacare.
6) Regal Entertainment Group, the largest chain of movie theaters in the country, announced that it would be switching thousands of its employees from full time to part time in response to the Obamacare mandate.
7) Utah’s Granite School District reduced the hours of 1,200 of its employees in response to Obamacare.
8) In response to Obamacare, many Wal-Mart stores have stopped hiring full time workers.
9) In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare will
“destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class… the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation.”
10) In response to Obamacare, Forever 21 reduced its employees’ hours.
11) As of September 2013, more than 200 public-sector employers had reduced their employees’ hours in response to Obamacare.
12) Sea World reduced the weekly hours of its part time employees from 32 to 28 in response to Obamacare.
13) Lands’ End limited its part time employees to 29 hours per week in response to Obamacare.
14) As of September 2013, at least 34 universities and colleges had reduced some of their employees’ hours in response to Obamacare.
15) On October 23, 2013, Investor’s Business Daily wrote:
IBD has a running list that now includes 351 employers that have opted to cut work hours below 30 per week or take related steps to limit liability under ObamaCare’s employer mandate. Each entry is documented with links to news sources and public records.
About 275 entries on IBD’s list come from the public sector, including more than 100 school districts.
All of these things, with reliable sources, have been mentioned on the article’s talk page several times. But the Obama supporters almost always erase those comments, and ban the editors who suggested them.
It is not an accident, or a mistake, or an error, that Wikipedia’s Obamacare article contains false information. Instead, the Obama supporters at wikipedia are deliberately and knowingly including false information in the article.
Shame on them.