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Reality Check: 3 myths about Obamacare

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The Affordable Care Act is behind the first government shutdown in nearly twenty years.

Republicans hate it while national polls show a majority of Americans don't want it, but for now, it's the law of the land.

It's also a law that's been widely misinterpreted, either accidentally or by design.

Myth #1: "Obamacare" is responsible for companies limiting employees to under 30 hours per week in an effort to avoid having to offer health benefits.

It's true that at least fifteen percent of companies with over 50 employees admit they have cut back on hours in response to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, according to the non-profit and non-partisan Employee Benefit Research Institute, which has been tracking the numbers for more than a decade, this particular cost-cutting strategy actually started trending back in 2007 at the beginning of the "Great Recession," before Obama was even elected.

Myth #2: Take a look at this recently released TV advertisement titled ‘Creepy Uncle Sam' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FEUoNkF29o

Believe it or not, the ACA is not government-run insurance. In fact, the ACA works by expanding your options through private insurance companies who compete for your business.

Myth #3: The President has made this statement time and again about the Affordable Care Act: "You will not have to change doctors. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."

The fact is the Affordable Care Act comes with no such guarantee. If your employer switches healthcare providers because of the ACA and your personal physician doesn't belong to the new network, you're out of luck.

And that is Reality Check.

For more information on the Affordable Care Act:

http://www.ebri.org/pdf/notespdf/EBRI_Notes_05_May-13_PT_Trnds-IRAs1.pdf

http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/health-insurance/301343-trend-toward-part-time-work-cuts-in-health-coverage-predate-obamacare

http://www.factcheck.org/2013/09/obamacare-myths/

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