Well, the facts are not so such “fun” as they are “factual,” which would just wind up sounding silly and redundant, but then: That’s your health care system, dummy! Courtesy of American President Barack Obama’s legions of Mac-savvy hope-fiends comes Reality Check, a White House website designed to combat the lies, distortions and McConnellisms that have turned our national health care debate into a Gordian knot of misinformation and ill-repute.
The website, which was created yesterday, comes at a time when the Obama Administration is attempting to turn the tide in its “message war” against opponents of health insurance reform. And by “opponents,” I of course mean “big insurance companies and anybody who cannot understand a birth certificate.”
Speaking of the latter group, here’s a smidgen of what such reform will mean for Kentuckians:
Premiums for residents of Kentucky have risen 61% since 2000. Through health insurance reform, 621,300 to 692,400 middle class Kentucky residents will be eligible for premium credits to ease the burden of these high costs.
10% of people in Kentucky have diabetes, and 30% have high blood pressure — two conditions that insurance companies could use as a reason to deny you health insurance. Health insurance reform will prevent insurance companies from denying coverage based on your health, and it will end discrimination that charges you more if you’re sick or a woman.
The information, culled from various legitimate, footnoted sources, comes from Healthreform.gov, another White House website that — unlike, say, Glenn Beck’s website — provides more than enough citation to bore any dissenting mouth-breather into submission. Except for the parts about how fat and sick and poor we are; those facts are fun:
Roughly 2.4 million people in Kentucky get health insurance on the job, where family premiums average $11,413, about the annual earning of a full-time minimum wage job … Kentucky businesses and families shoulder a hidden health tax of roughly $1100 per year on premiums as a direct result of subsidizing the costs of the uninsured … 21 percent of children in Kentucky are obese … 22 percent of women over the age of 50 in Kentucky have not received a mammogram in the past two years… 36 percent of men over the age of 50 in Kentucky have never had a colorectal cancer screening …
Incensed? Motivated? Point your Skype-machine here, you filthy pinko.