October 1st 2013 was an eventful day for this country. It was the beginning of the first government shutdown since the mid-90’s and it was when we learned that the Healthcare.gov website was an absolute disaster. In the beginning, Republicans were as giddy as children on Christmas morning. They could hardly contain themselves gloating over the failures of the website during the first several weeks after it went online.
During that time I didn’t deny what an absolute embarrassment the rollout had been. It was inexcusable to me that as long as the Obama administration had to get the website working, it failed miserably.
Well, as we all know the website was fixed and when all was said and done 7.1 million people had signed up for health insurance through the marketplace.
President Obama made sure to take several shots at Republicans during his press conference announcing the Obamacare numbers. Perhaps his most direct shot at Republicans was when he said, “The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” A comment that was obviously directed at the fact that even as recent as last month, Republicans continue to hold pointless votes in the House to repeal the law.
The announcement that 7.1 million people signed up for Obamacare through the marketplace brought about the expected calls by conservatives that President Obama was lying and the numbers aren’t real.
But let’s be honest, Republicans were going to whine and complain no matter what the results ended up being on April 1st.
Had the numbers come in far below estimates, Republicans would have squawked on and on about the failures of the law and how it must be immediately repealed. But being that the official numbers slightly exceeded estimates (even with the disastrous rollout), it was expected conservatives would be going off on rants about how the numbers are fake.
Why wouldn’t they? It’s the same thing they do when the jobs numbers come out the first Friday of every month. If the news is good, conservatives are quick to claim the Obama administration is fixing the data. If the news is bad, they’re quick to attack Obama’s “failed” economic policies.
My Facebook newsfeed was filled with my conservative friends and family calling President Obama a liar, touting that the Obamacare numbers had to be fake. I had one relative post this:
“The communist Obama strikes again! He commanded the government to report false Obummercare numbers. Tell Barry we’re not buying it!”
Another friend posted:
“I bet Obama paid people to sign up for insurance accounts just to get the numbers up without actually paying for insurance. I don’t believe the numbers at all.”
I just can’t take them seriously anymore. They just continue to make themselves look like absolute fools by blatantly bashing the president no matter what he says or does. It’s like the jobs numbers. When they’re good, they’re obviously fake. When they’re bad, they’re obviously showing how Obama’s policies aren’t working.
There’s only one problem: The jobs numbers, both good news and bad for Obama, come from the same source.
Republicans didn’t have any problem believing the numbers early on when they showed a horribly low number of people were able to sign up for health insurance due to the issues with the website. Yet now, by using the exact same methods they did when the numbers were horrible, Republicans suddenly think these numbers are fake.
The intense Republican hatred has turned an entire political party into a bunch of brainwashed fools who know only one command: Whatever President Obama says or does – support the opposite.