While Republicans will go on endless rants about all the “horrors” they claim are going to happen as a result of the Affordable Care Act, what they’re really afraid of is what’s actually starting to happen: Americans are realizing that they like it – a lot.
Is the law perfect? No. I think in a perfect world we’d have universal health care for everyone and the option to purchase private insurance yourself if you desire to have more premium coverage. In my opinion, access to health care should be a right, not a privilege based on your financial situation. It’s ridiculous to have a health care system setup where the ability for someone to take care of potentially life-threatening problems is based upon whether or not they can afford it. No one should ever have to suffer because they can’t afford to see a doctor.
But the reason why Republicans are so terrified of letting this law continue to intertwine itself into our society is because they know it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a staple among Americans. Heck, it already is basically. While many Republicans continue to say they would like the law repealed, they’re already trying to take measures to keep the law in place at least through 2016 just in case the Supreme Court rules the subsidies unconstitutional. Now, why would they do that? Because they damn sure know that if those subsidies go away, millions of Americans are going to instantly find out just how much the law is helping them, and there’s only going to be one group to blame for their subsidies vanishing: Republicans.
Well, a new survey doesn’t only reveal that Americans seem to like “Obamacare,” but that the overwhelming majority of people who have plans through the ACA marketplaces say they’re happy with their coverage. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 74 percent of Americans rated their coverage through the ACA as “Excellent” or “Good” with only 7 percent rating it as “Poor.”
When it comes to surveys or polls, practically anything over 60 percent is extremely positive. As diverse, different and divided as people can be – especially when it comes to this law – to see almost three-fourths of Americans being happy with their coverage is remarkable.
Though, I can guarantee you won’t hear about this survey on Fox News or anywhere else in the conservative media. You know, those folks over there who “only care about truth.”
But the question I always like to ask is, at what point will conservatives finally start realizing that they’ve been lied to by the GOP about this law since the very beginning? From death panels to economic Armageddon, Republicans have said all sorts of crazy lies about the ACA and practically none of them have come true. The one issue we’ve seen is that around 5 million Americans had to switch plans. I’m sorry, but forcing people to get on more comprehensive, better health care plans isn’t exactly what I would call “negative.”
As always, we’re dealing with people who live in a world where what they want to be real is more important than what is real. So it doesn’t really matter what the facts about this law are, they’re going to be whatever they want anyway.
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