FUD: Fear Uncertainty & Doubt. That is the foundation of the extreme House
Republican’ position on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.
That’s why they call it Obamacare- in order not to say “protection” or “affordable”;
and to hide the fact that the law was enacted 3 years ago, before the President
was soundly re-elected running against an opponent who vowed to repeal it.
FUD, initially an IBM strategy to eliminate market competitors by spreading fear
uncertainty and disinformation about their products, seems to be working for the
House Republicans. At least to some degree, for now. Polls and analyses of social
media suggest that some people favor the Affordable Care Act while opposing Obamacare.
Home visitors: “Obama snoopers” = FUD
I ignored the FUD like a parent ignoring a toddler’s temper tantrum until I saw
the Fox “news report” about the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of home visitation.
That’s a preventive strategy in which public health nurses, social workers or trained
paraprofessionals connect families to healthcare and community resources and offer
health education and social support. It’s origins date back to the 1800s. Programs
are run by county health departments, school districts, foundations, and private-public
partnerships. Home visiting programs are open to poor parents who request assistance.
It’s worth noting that in many countries, home visiting has long been standard for all
parents, because they acknowledge that parenting is a challenge and everyone can
use assistance. And because research shows it improves child developmental outcomes
and has immediate and long-term benefits that extend to entire families and to the
healthcare, education and justice systems. My researchshows that parents in home
visitation significantly improve their health literacy, capacity to manage personal and
child health and healthcare.
A Fox announcer and a “business expert” called home visitors “Obama snoopers".
They said in this “brand new federal program”, “government home inspectors”
make random, unannounced “forced home visits” to snoop on parents. This is not
news. This is pure FUD - disinformation (lies) that specifically intends to instill fear,
uncertainty and doubt about the Affordable Care Act, to prevent people from learning
they can afford good healthcare coverage.
I have worked for decades with home visitors and know them to be among the most
caring, dedicated, respectful people on the planet, unlike the FUDders on Fox and in
FUD won’t work for long. Yesterday, the heart of the Affordable Care Act started
(keep saying the real name), opening access to healthcare for millions of poor and
uninsured citizens. Almost 3 million people visited www.heathcare.gov State exchanges
were similarly overwhelmed. People are about to find out that the Affordable Care Act
makes good healthcare coverage affordable -for them. That will help them see through
the FUD. Insurance companies are helping too. They are enrolling people they previously
rejected because, with the ACA, it’s good for business. Healthcare executives are calling
for more doctors, nurses and allied health professionals - doesn’t really sound like a
“job-killer” does it?
On the other hand, the House Republicans just put hundreds of thousands of people out of
work in hopes they can FUD us citizens of the richest country in the world into continuing
denying healthcare to poor people and sick people in order to preserve the freedom of
the rich to get richer.