Published On: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2013

Al Sharpton responds to question on Obamacare problems, just ‘opt out’

The state-run health exchanges mandated by the legislation took effect October 1 and people are concerned about some of the problems.

Al Sharpton Ted Scare McCarthy attacks Ted CruzA caller from Georgia spoke with Al Sharpton on his MSNBC show (h/t for audio, Brian Maloney, mrctv.org)

CALLER FROM GEORGIA: I was wondering, what were your thoughts on Congress and the Senate opting out with themselves and their staffers and now the unions are trying to opt out. Is there something that they know about this health care bill that we don’t?

SHARPTON: Well, what they, uh, first of all, part of the bill is that you can opt out. And, uh, I think that some of them opt out because they have other kinds of insurance and other security. Others opt in because they have no way of being insured. So part of the bill is to give you options. Part of those that are uninsured is that they don’t have any options. (Emphasis added- BBJ The Dispatch)

Sharpton is unclear how you “opt out” of the tax penalties associated with not having insurance.

MSNBC host Ed Schultz offered similar false information.

“What is this going to do? I mean, companies are going to be making some health care decisions in their benefit package. There’s no law that says that, well, this company has to offer this type of package. No, they’ve been choosing, they’ve been picking and choosing. I mean, major companies, they deal with insurance providers all the time, OK? What’s in it for us? What can we do? Here’s the actuary. Here’s what you run, OK, you got 300 employees, this is what’s happening, blah blah blah. There’s no law that says that they absolutely have to offer health care as a benefit.”







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