One of my biggest problems with the Republican party has always been their hypocrisy. I can disagree with someone on an ideological difference, but blatant hypocrisy is something that I just can’t stomach.
Whether it’s the myth that they’re a party for “small government” while constantly pushing legislation which expands government for policies they support, or it’s the fact that every Republican president in the last 60+ years has grown our national debt while claiming to be the party for “fiscal responsibility” — their hypocrisy is almost endless.
My favorites are the ones who seem to constantly complain about the government, while being highly dependent on the government.
I’m sure many of you have seen the anti-Obamacare protesters that hold up signs like, “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!” These people are completely unaware that Medicare is government health care.
And even when it comes to the Affordable Care Act, Republican hypocrisy is on full display.
I’ve seen quite a few polls where “Obamacare” was broken down into parts and polled separately to gauge reception to individual parts of the bill. In most of these polls, both Republicans and Democrats viewed most parts of the bill favorably. Parts such as requiring coverage for people with pre-existing conditions or expanding the age limit so that children can remain on their parents’ health insurance longer.
Yet if you group all these parts together and call it “Obamacare”—then suddenly most Republicans oppose the law.
Well, Bill Clinton had some choice words which Republicans might not want to hear. Words that were fact-checked as “True” by Politifact.
It seems more Republicans are remaining on their parents’ insurance than Democrats. Not just more, drastically more.
The poll found that 63-percent of young Republicans polled were staying on their parents’ health insurance, a number that tops young Independents at 62-percent, and largely trumps young Democrats with 45-percent.
But I thought Obamacare was so terrible?
Well, it seems a lot of Republicans are enjoying it just fine. Then again, isn’t that what Republicans tend to do? Whine and complain about something that they are either participating in or benefiting from.
But when they do it—it’s different.
It’s like the millions of Republicans who are living on government assistance, voting for a political party which vilifies those who live off government assistance.
Because when they use these programs they aren’t the “lazy moochers.” That’s everyone else.
It’s the same with “Obamacare.” For most Republicans, they’ll call it a horrible law that’s going to destroy this country. Well, except for the provisions within the bill that they enjoy utilizing. But like with much of everything else Republicans do, enjoying the benefits of Obamacare will have nothing to do with Obamacare.
Because to them, no matter what facts or reality prove, Obamacare will always be something terrible.
Even when they’re reaping the benefits from it.