There is no doubt that the Republican party is continuing to propagate lies about the Affordable Care Act or as I lovingly refer to it – Obamacare. The notion that the GOP would refer to insurance mandates as Unconstitutional is sadly hilarious because the insurance mandate is a REPUBLICAN IDEA. Since 1993 – Republicans have been proposing and espousing the belief that a mandate would be the only way to keep costs down for everyone. Mitt Romney and Jim Demint and many other Republicans viewed Romneycare as a system for the nation….and now – for political reasons…they’re just lying about what it is.
Paul Krugman writes:
For now, however, most of the disinformation involves claims about costs. Each new report from the Congressional Budget Office is touted as proof that the true cost of Obamacare is exploding, even when — as was the case with the latest report — the document says on its very first page that projected costs have actually fallen slightly. Nor are we talking about random pundits making these false claims. We are, instead, talking about people like the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, who issued a completely fraudulent press release after the latest budget office report.
Because the truth does not, sad to say, always prevail, there is a real chance that these lies will succeed in killing health reform before it really gets started. And that would be an immense tragedy for America, because this health reform is coming just in time.
The Washington Post has a great interactive on the various legal challenges with Obamacare and all the necessary details for wonkish folks. You can find that HERE. If you want to know more about what Obamacare is and isn’t – check out our Propaganda of the Day: Obamacare.
And for those who say it’s Unconstitutional to have an insurance “mandate” – I’ll remind you of the horrible irony of the woman who sued Obamacare as being unconstitutional and then went bankrupt because she couldn’t afford her medical bills. You can get caught up on that HERE.
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