Republicans are so completely ridiculous that it’s nearly impossible to take them seriously. Throughout this whole “Obamacare” rollout, they’ve been on a feeding frenzy due to the issues the healthcare law has had. First and foremost has, of course, been the problems with the HealthCare.gov website. While these issues are important and deserve criticism, once the website is fixed they’ll quickly fade off into the background — nothing more than a distant memory.
However, the bigger issue right now has been the ongoing stories all over the internet of people who are losing their current health insurance plan, contrary to the promise President Obama had made in the past.
But let’s be honest about one thing — only a very small percentage of Americans are losing their current insurance plans. Most numbers I’ve seen hover around 5% of Americans with health insurance are losing their plans and having to choose something new. Now, if you listen to Republicans, you’d believe the majority of Americans were losing their current coverage — which is simply not true. Like with anything else, if you hand-pick the stories you want to make national headlines, you can basically create any story that you’d like based on little or no truth whatsoever. Republicans have mastered this tactic.
Now I’ll be the first to admit that President Obama clearly misspoke. That’s on him and I make no excuses for him. Just like I haven’t made any excuses for the botched HealthCare.gov rollout. His administration should have made damn sure the website was ready to go and he should have made it clear that if someone’s insurance met the criteria laid out in “Obamacare,” they would be allowed to keep their current insurance. Those who had substandard plans would indeed have to switch plans.
Well, as most people know by now, President Obama has apologized for his false comments. Now I’m sure for those upset that they’re having to switch insurance plans or pay more for their insurance (or both)—his apology probably doesn’t mean a great deal.
And it goes without saying Republicans aren’t giving him an ounce of credit for having the gumption about him to tell the American people he was sorry for his mistake.
The fact of the matter is, most of the people losing their health insurance are having that happen to them because their current plan is terrible. They’re going to have to purchase a more comprehensive plan that offers better health coverage. And when you break down this whole “controversy” that’s really what it boils down to. People with bad health insurance plans will now have to purchase better ones.
That being said, where’s George W. Bush’s apology? Oh, that’s right, Bush and most of the people who were in his administration still believe Iraq was worth over 4,000 American lives lost, despite the fact that we found exactly zero weapons of mass destruction. You know, the whole reason why Bush said we just had to go into Iraq.
Could you imagine if President Obama invaded a country on the grounds that it had weapons of mass destruction and we found exactly zero? Some Republicans have talked impeachment over wanting to give Americans better health care, or over the 4 deaths in Benghazi — imagine if his lie and/or incompetence resulted in the deaths of over 4,000 American soldiers.
So while President Obama shouldn’t have misled Americans about a few of the facts about “Obamacare,” Republicans are the last people on earth that should be attacking a president for misinformation or possibly misleading them.
Because the guy they elected — twice — sent over 4,000 brave Americans off to die in another country based on a lie. And while President Obama was wrong for not being fully honest with the American people — at least he apologized for it.
Ten years after the Iraq War started, the American people are still waiting for their apology from George W. Bush.