The Worldnetdaily every day puts up stories that are really just links to other news sites, where they put in the first few paragraphs then link to the original, but they often do this while changing the headline to spin it the way they want. This “article” is a perfect example. Headline: “Obamacare forces couple to split to keep insurance.” Now let’s look at what the original article actually says:
Six months into the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Drains are among 162,000 Tennesseans who got caught in a coverage gap. Their household income is too little to qualify for a government subsidy to buy health insurance, and they live in a state not expanding Medicaid…
She cannot do without insurance. So she has either lived with her mother in Alcoa or stayed in a homeless shelter in Knoxville since the separation to avoid hitting the household income limit.
Meanwhile, Larry Drain lives alone in the small apartment in Maryville they once shared, making do without insurance and hoping the hernia he can’t afford surgery for won’t cause a bowel obstruction.
They got caught in the health-care cracks created by the U.S. government and the state of Tennessee. Had the federal government’s income guidelines been different, she would not have lost her SSI or they might have qualified for subsidies to help them buy insurance on healthcare.gov. Had Tennessee expanded its Medicaid program, they both would have been eligible for coverage.
Every day, Larry Drain writes a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam asking him to expand Medicaid and posts it on a blog…
Behind the scenes, officials within the Haslam administration have been talking with federal officials about how Tennessee might qualify for Affordable Care Act federal funds to cover poor, uninsured people. But the governor ruled out expanding Medicaid in March 2013 and said he favored a plan to leverage federal funds to, instead, help the poor buy private health insurance…
The Affordable Care Act allows the federal government to pick up the full cost of insuring new people who qualify for Medicaid under the expanded guidelines through 2016. It will then phase down to a permanent 90 percent matching rate in 2020.
But members of Tennessee’s Republican-controlled legislature are wary of the federal promises and worry that Tennessee can’t afford the 10 percent match the state would have to start providing.
So it wasn’t the Affordable Care Act that caused this problem, it was the Republicans in the state legislature and the governor who refuse to implement the ACA provision that would have provided free health insurance to this couple and avoid all of this. But the Worldnetdaily put their own dishonest headline on a story that said the exact opposite of what they pretend it says.