"Imaginary Boogeymen"

This Salon piece about Obamacare was written back in mid-October, but it's a topic that's on my mind a lot these days because my wife and I are currently shopping around on the insurance exchange.

The backstory: journalist Eric Stern personally followed up with a group of people who had been guests on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, in order to fact-check them on their complaints regarding Obamacare. What he discovered shouldn't be surprising to anyone:

“I don’t doubt that these six individuals believe that Obamacare is a disaster; but none of them had even visited the insurance exchange. And some of them appear to have taken actions...based on a general pessimistic belief about Obamacare.”

Very revealing. Aside from what a bunch of Fox News talking heads have to say, why are people taking such a knee-jerk stance against something they haven't even researched?

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I don't think Obamacare is perfect, or even close to the ideal solution, but it's a certainly a step in the right direction. What I'd really like to see the US implement during my lifetime is a single-payer system (or something similar).