The debate about Obamacare is almost impossible to avoid. Whether on TV, print, or the Internet, everyone seems to have an opinion as to whether or not the new law is a good thing or a bad thing. In fact, it seems like the only way to escape the debate over all the Obamacare facts is by watching a Gilligan’s Island rerun. But even then there’s a good chance that Thurston Howell III has a strong opinion about the law.
As much as we talk about Obamacare, there is an amazing amount of confusion about just what kinds of provisions are in the law. So to help you out, Discount Drug Network has compiled a list of six Obamacare facts that have slipped under the radar.
- The law has already been passed.
If you knew this, then give yourself a big pat on the back, because ABC News reports that 42% of Americans didn’t know that Congress has passed Obamacare.
- Obamacare places a 10% tax on indoor tanning.
However, this tax only applies to tanning salons and not gyms that may offer tanning as one of their services. So when deciding where to get your next tan, it might not be a bad idea to look into gyms that offer tanning beds as part of a bundled package.
- The law calls for smokers to be charged up to 1.5 times as much for insurance as non-smokers.
However, many people have argued that this is discriminatory. As a result, many states are opting to not implement this part of the Affordable Care Act. But for smokers, there is a bit of good news. A recent “computer glitch” means that higher premiums for smokers won’t kick in for another year. Take the extra time to quit smoking!
- So far, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Affordable Care Act has been the breast-pump industry.
Because of Obamacare’s provision that insurance companies must cover the costs of breast pumps and lactation counseling for mothers, the demand for breast pumps has been skyrocketing.
- Your insurance provider will be required to share your medical records with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Critics consider this to be an invasion of privacy, while the HHS argues that such information sharing will help them to ensure that all Americans will be receiving adequate healthcare.
- Couples who earn more than $250,000 will be prohibited from having more than one child.
Ok, so this isn’t true at all. But with all the ill-feelings and mud slinging going on during the Obamacare debate, it can’t hurt to stop for a moment and smile. Check out this satirical list of “Obamacare facts” if you want a laugh!