Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Mark Belling subbing for Rush stays true to his character.

Consistent with Rush, and his own adjustable moral compass, Limbaugh sub Mark Belling falsely claims health care reform benefits "don't take effect until 2012 or 2013


alan markus said...
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alan markus said...

Yesterday I tried to leave a comment on this and Blogger "ate it".

Unless I'm missing something, it seems Media Matters just puts a snarky headline on the post: "Mark Belling falsely claims health care reform benefits "don't take effect until 2012 or 2013" without providing any analysis. Pretty lame, but maybe it's intended for a lame constituency.

So Belling didn't say 2014, not sure if that is exactly a "lie" or perhaps a mistake interpeting what is a complex piece of legislation - even the authors didn't read it all - maybe Media Matters hasn't either.

Here's a link that highlights the timeline for health care reform:
Timeline: When health care reform will affect you

Comparing the Belling dialogue with the timeline, it doesn't seem like he is that far off.

From the timeline:


• Health plans must implement uniform standards for electronic exchange of health information to reduce paperwork and administrative costs.

• Contributions to flexible savings accounts will be limited to $2,500 per year, indexed by the Consumer Price Index in subsequent years.

• The Employer Medicare Part D subsidy deduction will be eliminated. Employers will lose the tax deduction for subsidizing prescription drug plans for Medicare Part D-eligible retirees.

• There will be increases to the income threshold from 7.5 percent to 10 percent of adjusted gross income. Those older than 65 can claim the 7.5 percent deduction through 2016.

• The hospital insurance tax will increase 0.9 percentage points for those earning more than $200,000 ($250,000 for married filing jointly), and it includes net investment income.

• A 2.9 percent excise tax on the first sale of medical devices will be established. Excepted are eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids or other items for individual use.


• Citizens will be required to have acceptable coverage or pay a penalty of $95 in 2014, $325 in 2015, $695 (or up to 2.5 percent of income) in 2016. Families will pay half the amount for children, up to a cap of $2,250 per family. After 2016, penalties are indexed to Consumer Price Index.

• Workers who are exempt from individual responsibility for coverage but don't qualify for tax credits can take their employer contribution and join an exchange plan.

• Companies with 50 or more employees must offer coverage to employees or pay a $2,000 penalty per employee after their first 30 if at least one of their employees receives a tax credit. Waiting periods before insurance takes effect is limited to 90 days. Employers who offer coverage but whose employees receive tax credits will pay $3,000 for each worker receiving a tax credit.

• Insurers can no longer refuse to sell or renew policies because of an individual's health status. Health plans can no longer exclude coverage for pre-existing conditions. Insurers can't charge higher rates because of heath status, gender or other factors.

• Health plans will be prohibited from imposing annual limits on coverage.

• Health insurance exchanges will open in each state to individuals and small employers to comparison shop for standardized health packages.

• Credits will be available through exchanges for those whose income is above Medicaid eligibility and below 400 percent of poverty level who are not eligible for or offered other acceptable coverage.

• Medicaid eligibility will increase to 133 percent of poverty for all nonelderly individuals to ensure that people obtain affordable health care in the most efficient and appropriate manner. States will receive increased federal funding to cover these new populations.

• An annual health insurance provider fee will be Imposed across the health insurance sector according to insurers' market share to companies whose total premiums exceed $25 million.

Kevin Scheunemann said...

I agree with Alan.

I listened to it and didn't hear anything specific that was incorrect.

If this site is a "truth detector", why not talk about Russ Feingold celebrating a stimulus job in WI going to a fake person! OR Tom Barrett saying he's an "environmentalist" but then dumping tons of poop in the lake and his failure for past 6 years to do anything about it.

Those are certainly bigger concerns than 2 minutes of Mark Belling subbing for Rush.

Set some priorities. Not tolerating politicians lying to us about important things, like lake water and irresponsible of federal tax money, should be priority #1.