Dear Republicans: An Important Message About “Obamacare” that I Really Need You to Understand

obama-pointingDear Republicans,

First I want to say what an absolute disgrace your party has become.  Once upon a time, Democrats and Republicans simply opposed one another on issues, but still found a way to govern and reach compromise.  Now your party has become nothing more than a bunch of elected domestic terrorists, hellbent on doing more damage to this country than any member of al Qaeda or the Taliban ever could.

But when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (or what you sheep call “Obamacare”) one glaring fact needs to be made perfectly clear to you people:

Your side lost—get over it! 

You had your chance to defeat it while it was a bill being passed in Congress, but you couldn’t.  Congress approved the bill and sent it to the president to sign.

Which he did on March 23, 2010.  For those of you who are mathematically challenged, that was over 3 1/2 years ago.

Judging by how many of you act, it seems you feel this is some kind of new piece of legislation President Obama is trying to pass.  Well, I hate to break it to you, but the Affordable Care Act is not a bill.

It’s the law of the land and has been for 3 1/2 years.

Not only has the Affordable Care Act transitioned from a bill proposed in Congress to a law signed by the president, but it was also deemed Constitutional by our Supreme Court on June 28, 2012.

Well, following the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, you guys had one last chance to put a stop to “Obamacare” once and for all on November 6, 2012 during last year’s elections.  You ran ad after ad after Koch-funded ad on all the cable “news” channels day after day for months.  You lied to millions of voters about the horrors that would come if President Obama were re-elected and “Obamacare” wasn’t stopped.

But guess what happened that night?  President Obama was overwhelmingly re-elected and Democrats were given more seats in both the House and Senate.

Aw, too bad.

Throw in another 45 pointless votes (might be more now, I’ve honestly lost count) to “repeal Obamacare” from the House of Representatives and it all adds up to—the Affordable Care Act still being the law of the land.

And now here we sit; the government is shut down, the health care exchanges are fully open and House Republicans are throwing a temper tantrum like some spoiled children who didn’t get their way.

But the fact of the matter is, Republicans lost, and you people really just need to get over it and move on.

Though there’s a bit more to this pathetic display Republicans are showing right now, isn’t there?  Trust me when I say this, your politicians are terrified the law might actually work.  They’ve put all their eggs into the “anti-Obamacare” basket and if the law works, then what?  What the hell would your party run on then?  What would your party use to terrify the masses?

And don’t tell me this is about the economy — that’s garbage and you know it.  Your party took this country to near default (and still might once again) just to get their way two years ago.  Even the threat of default sent our stocks reeling, what in the hell do you think an all-out default would cause?  I’ll tell you—economic catastrophe.  Something many within your own party seem to want to embrace.

Then why the hell would your politicians want the economy to improve to begin with?  Wouldn’t a bad economy “caused by Obamacare” be the exact thing they needed to win back the presidency in 2016?

So this shutting down the government to “save the economy from Obamacare” rhetoric is completely ridiculous.

But at the end of the day, Republicans simply need to understand one thing—you lost.  “Obamacare” is the law of the land.

Now get over it and start acting like adults.

Sincerely,

Allen Clifton

Co-Founder, Forward Progressives

Founder, Right Off A Cliff

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Donna Hayles Price

    Have I told you lately that I love you?

  • Christine Peckelis

    Clear, straight forward, concise……I doubt they will understand a word.

    • Jean Donahue

      You can explain it to them, but you can’t
      understand it for them.

  • lestye

    And a word to the rest of us. With the kind of extreme people coming out of the political woodwork these days, we can never again be lazy and believe that everything will be fine whether we get involved or not. Our inattention, mine included, in 2010 has had consequences, and may well bring this country to its knees. Elections have consequences, and I will never, ever forget that again.

    • Jeremy Noyes

      I look at it this way. Over 5,000 men and women were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq doing their job. The least I can do is honor their sacrifice and go down and cast a ballot. Voting should be mandatory.

      • ienvofb

        *Informed* voting should be mandatory. I honestly think it would be worse if we had every citizen who only knows the candidates from yard signs be required to vote.

        I wouldn’t mind if voting was mandatory, IF doing your research and knowing what the candidates stand for was also mandatory. But there wouldn’t be any real way to enforce that.

      • Rick Catdaddy Blankenship

        Do you read what goes on, on the internet? People doing research wouldn’t change a thing. They still have to comprehend what they’re reading. Not only that but what whould their research sources be…wikapedia and facebook? Think of how stupid and misinformed the average American is…now realize that half are even more stupid and misinformed than that.

      • regina

        Kinda like the many ways the bible is comprehended!

    • Denise Levine

      2014 will be the *first* mid-term election I will have ever voted in, and I have been voting for 27 years. Not proud of my complacency, but I sure know how to make it right going forward.

      • motherunit

        Welcome to the fold, Denise. I can’t wait for everybody to get as excited about the mid-term elections as they get about the “big ones” every four years. 2010 taught us a hard lesson, and now those teabag idiots are gonna be harder to get rid of than toenail fungus!

    • CherMoe

      Hopefully more people feel as you do and will never again be complacent. I learned some years back when we not only got stuck with George Bush, but also how important the number of our representatives in the House and Senate are on how the country is run. That’s when I started voting straight ticket. When a minority party can run the country by FILIBUSTER, there’s a real problem!!

  • Joseph Olson

    You mean you believe they know how to read?

  • Joel A. Edge

    “It’s the law of the land and has been for 3 1/2 years.”

    You mean like DOMA, DADT, Prohibition, slavery….that kind of thing.

    • Louis

      your an asshole! the ACA is nothing like DOMA or Slavery or any of the nonsense you tried to compare it too. Your party of rethugs have ruined our country and anyone that isnt wealthy that supports them is a fucking douchebag!

      • Joel A. Edge

        But they were the “law of the land”. Funny how those circumstances change, huh?
        I guess this doesn’t apply either.
        “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” he said on March 16, 2006. “Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership . Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.”

      • Juliet Neary

        Clearly, you don’t understand that failure to raise the debt ceiling is like not paying your credit card bill. It has absolutely nothing to do with future spending. If the GOP would like to control the checkbook, going forward, I’d suggest it try to suck less so it can win more elections.

      • Joel A. Edge

        So I’m guessing you DON’T know who said that.

      • Rhonda

        I believe Senator Obama said that and then he was elected and was handed a sh&tstorm of a mess and things change. They have all changed their opinions at one time or another. Such as the ACA was a Republican plan until it became President Obama’s plan.

      • Joel A. Edge

        “and things change”
        Don’t they now.

      • Juliet Neary

        Rhonda, changing ones mind is a bad thing, in Republicanland. No one can learn or grow or change.

      • Sowelu

        There you go, Rhonda!! Any one of us, IF we had the mind and heart to run for president (assuming we were qualified) would have made sincere speeches like President Obama did during his initial campaign, But, as you say, look what he inherited!!! Not only did he inherit a messed up country caused by the Republican party, but he has had to counter more vitriol and smear tactics, and let’s not forget blatant racist hatred, than any president EVER in this country! even JFK didn’t have to face as much disdain and pure hatred for his Catholic affiliation. How short are people’s memories? Too short, imho.

      • Rolaine Mcgruder

        The federal government has shut down. And it’s the Republicans’ fault — period.

        Ok so….

        Just for shits and giggles…let’s stipulate that most congressional
        Republicans are truly worried about federal spending and the national
        debt and honestly believe the Affordable Care Act is bad for America.

        Let’s further stipulate that the spending and debt concerns of Republicans who have served in Congress
        at least a decade should be taken seriously….. (even if most of them
        voted for two costly wars, massive and un-offset income tax cuts, plus
        the huge Part D entitlement expansion to Medicare).

        And hey,
        let’s just absolve some of these Republicans, including the GOP’s fiscal
        guru Paul Ryan, who even confessed regret that he let the national
        debt balloon from $4 trillion to $10 trillion during George W. Bush’s
        presidency of their responsibility.

        All that said, must
        congressional Republicans resort to legislative hostage-taking and other
        forms of political brinkmanship to push an agenda they have failed to
        achieve through the regular legislative process? Have we really reached
        the point where political rules, unspoken bipartisan norms or even the
        Constitution are no longer sacred?

        Well….Apparently so.

        The Constitution clearly establishes that a bill becomes a law if it
        passes both chambers of Congress and is signed by the president or if
        his veto is overridden by two-thirds supermajorities in both chambers.

        These radicalized, tea party Republicans think 1 + 0 + 0 = 3. They are
        willing to hold Obamacare hostage to the federal budget process — and
        are threatening to tinker with the next debt ceiling vote, later this
        month….yet dare to call themselves “strict constructionists” who
        supposedly support literal adherence to the Constitution….?

        I think not.

        That’s like saying “Keep your government hands off my Medicare!”

        Wait…..never mind.

        That will be all for now.

        from the desk of Christopher

      • llsb123

        : )

      • Joel A. Edge

        “even if most of them voted for two costly wars, massive and un-offset income tax cuts, plus the huge Part D entitlement expansion to Medicare”

        Good for you. You’ve pointed out many of the problems from the Bush years. Many of which are still with us during the Obama years. And we’re not upset now because…..
        Just kidding, some of us still are.

      • CherMoe

        Extremely well said!

      • Juliet Neary

        Yeah. Yeah. I know you don’t like the black guy. I’m no huge fan of the President, but even if I were, my statement is true. Win more elections and you can start deciding more policy.

      • Joel A. Edge

        “I know you don’t like the black guy.”
        Good effort. Keep trying.

      • Sowelu

        Joel, you are a deliberate antagonist. Too bad so many people didn’t realize that about you before commenting on your post. 🙁

      • FlSam

        “Joel” is a troll hiding behind multiple identities. What a coward.

      • Joel A. Edge

        Only one. And that’s my name.

      • Joel A. Edge

        No, I’m actually not, sug. I just can’t abide narrow minded, cult-like thinking. From either side.

      • onewhoknows

        truth hurts, eh? denial..
        good effort, keep trying..

      • CherMoe

        The fact that Republicans (with Bush) CHARGED UP those debts on the nation’s credit card and now wish to DEFAULT on paying them and holding the country hostage with their “poor-little-rich-boy” ransom demands is where the real problem lies. We don’t see where they’re willing to give up their CORPORATE WELFARE and taxes, the big bailouts for corporations … and oh yes, the same states that refused to approve Federal Aid for Hurricane Sandy victims are the same ones with their hands out when a PRIVATE CORPORATION blows up DUE TO NEGLIGENCE. But they want the taxpayers to BAIL THEM OUT. The fault is greedy rich people. That’s the problem. The working man just wants to make his paycheck and go home and take care of his family. Rich people and CEO’s are NEVER satisfied and can’t stand to see “the little people” happy.

        LEADERSHIP means taking responsibility for the debts you racked up AND not shifting the blame AND doing the job they were elected to do … NOT holding the PEOPLE of this country hostage and putting more people out of work to satisfy, ONCE AGAIN, their own petty GREED.

    • Lance Buckley

      Yes because laws explicitly denying citizens their human rights are exactly the same thing as a law meant to help the people get affordable healthcare. What dumbassery is this?

      • Joel A. Edge

        Go back and reread. When you start with the premise ‘it’s the law of the land’, instant fail. Hopefully; you folks don’t get into too many debates in the wider world, you’ll embarrass our party. Yeah, I’m a registered Democrat.

      • Adam J. Reizner

        Actually when “it’s the law of the land” is stated it isn’t an automatic fail. It is the law of the land. “Get over it” isn’t a requirement. They could attempt to alter the law of the land through the legislative or judicial or electoral process…Oh, wait, the right wong tried all of those and failed. If they wamt it changed the only way that can happen is through the electoral process in 2014 and 2016. Until then they should stop damaging the nation through unreasonable stunts like shutting down the government over a CR.

      • FlSam

        Love it when wingnut trolls spit out their nonsense then throw in “I’m a registered democrat” like that’s going to make anyone take them seriously. lol

  • J Way

    Well said sir

  • Marty Zonkoski

    Thank you……

  • Hypnotic Element

    I can’t wait for this program to work and see teabaggers lose to Clinton in 2016.

  • NoUseForAName

    You post this article, yet no conservative will ever see this because this is a hardcore lefty website and no conservative will even give thought to come to your site. You’re preaching to the choir. Nice try though.

    • richardarcher

      This may be a hardcore lefty site and I am a confirmed and dedicated liberal. However, I have many Facebook friends and family who are on the conservative to extreme conservative end of the spectrum and they will see it when I share it on my timeline. I may get the typical Faux News sound bite type responses, but at least then I will know they read it’even if they didn’t necessarily understand it. Suggest others do the sam, or even comment directly on your right wing friends Facebook pages so that it ends up on their timelines, news feeds, and links to conservative pages.

      • Rolaine Mcgruder

        yep. And this is why our President won and is in office now. Because some die-hard conservatives who refused to admit that they voted Democrat when they got to the poll.

    • MJ

      Av yet….here you are.

  • LoveOurCountry

    Vehemently applauding this article. Well done sir. Well done.

  • LuAnn Iturrino

    Right on!!!

  • Vicki Smith-Drysdale

    Amen, Amen, Amen!

  • Eruanion Nolaquen

    While some have been posting neat little “stories” about a friend or relative who has seen their insurance rates go up, I am seeing a lot more actual news stories, and factual accounts of people being surprised at how little the ACA costs them. I know, personally, that my individual insurance through my employer costs me more than a family silver plan will through the exchange, and I might even get better coverage. I still have to make sure it is what I honestly need or want.

  • Suzanne Longo

    All during the election we heard the phrase “job creators.” It mostly came from the Republicans. I have not heard that word come out of a Republican’s mouth since then. They refused to vote in favor of a Veterans Job Bill, they refused to vote in favor of hiring thousands of construction workers to start fixing our crumbling infrastructure…..so really never was about creating jobs.Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us. We won’t forget.

    • RobertX

      No, the “job creators” the Republicans refer to really do create jobs. In China… and Mexico… and India… and Singapore… and Bangladesh…

  • KristinRupprecht

    It’s because they are zombies and they want the government to fail so they can eat our faces off and snack on our brains.

  • Paul Keller

    The way the teapublicans think, a vote for a Democrat is fraud.

  • Linda

    There may be a few Republicans who would actually read this and feel something like shame, but then you have Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann and other extremists, who are driving our government over the cliff
    and who are positively giddy about it. I just don’t think they are capable of any empathy with the American people who don’t think like them.

  • governedbychildren

    wow its funny how you can spin this as a you lose so grow up…. its not a game its our lives and technically its not a decision of the house or the senate…. WE, THE PEOPLE, dont want it and a true democracy listens to its ppl….. not to mention this law is unconstitutional from the very start…. i think really the democrats need to quit holding their breath like a child because eventually you will pass out and start breathing lol….. if we dont want it then how can you possibly push it on us and exempt so many of the big business and congress? so if we go by your views the congress and the president should also grow up and accept it as law? maybe then the rest of us wouldnt be so against it!!!!!

    • crimsonjewel

      Just because you don’t want it, doesn’t mean that other people don’t want it. Seems to me that the majority wants it, or else we wouldn’t have put Obama back in the WH. It’s the Republicans who are holding their breaths and acting like children. The law was found constitutional by a conservative leaning SCOTUS. Get over it! Besides, do your homework. Congress (and their staff) is not exempt, why do you think they have their panties in a bunch over it. Not only are they not exempt, but the way the bill is worded right now (last I heard), they don’t qualify for subsidies or any employer contribution.

  • CandraRain

    It’s like Republicans have a mental disease, an aversion to reality, that has developed into a plague that is contaminating this country. When you think people should just die because they can’t get health care, when you boo an American soldier because of his/her sexual orientation, when you don’t govern, but just lie, repeatedly, you’re a sociopath.

    There is something missing in Republicans or something has been added that’s so perverted and against what human beings should strive to be, that the party as a whole needs to be eradicated simply to save this country and this planet.

    There are individually good people within the GOP party as a whole, however, the entire party is representative of the worst humans can be.

  • anti-lazy

    Pretty hypocritical to say a law is a law and to accept it. How many laws have been challenged in the last 6 months? Marriage has been between a man and a woman-it has been changed, Minorities not allowed to vote-it was changed, 2nd amendment rights-have been changed, abortions-changed, etc… So, instead of bashing unlike minded people for their beliefs, remember that if not for those who challenge a bad laws like Obamacare (one that had to be voted on just to see the details which still most don’t understand or are able to explain), many things would be the way they were, for the good or the bad. But…Nothing like coming to the page of the blamers and unaccountable to remind me of why our country is in the turmoil it is in.

    • leeTuc

      Yes, those laws were modified through legal challenges. None of them were “challenged” by forcing a US government shutdown. That’s not a challenge; it’s extortion and economic idiocy. The ACA was challenged, too… And the Supreme Court ruled it constitutional. The challenge failed. Get over it.

      • anti-lazy

        “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a Sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. …Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here’. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and Grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”

        SENATOR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, MARCH 2006

        this is one of many issues I have with Obama. He blames others for everything. He blamed and blames Bush for the raising of the debt ceiling. yet, he is asking for an increase again. He is the epitome of hypocrisy and anyone who defends this kind of logic has got to be in denial. I thought he would make positive change. He hasn’t and isn’t do anything for our economy. He is destroying it. He is responsible for what is happening now. His answer for everything is take and tax.

    • ccleary

      I want to correct the misunderstood notion that no one knew what they were voting on until after the law passed. This, again, is what going on media blurbs and heresay gets you – NOT understanding theentirety of an issue: The bill H.R. 3200 was presented for a vote in 2009 and FAILED. There were parts of the bill that were not liked, and the BIPARTISAN committee edited the bill. It then became H.R. 3590, which was voted on and passed. When Nancy Pelosi said that they had to vote on it to read it, this made sense to congress and senate because they KNEW the edits they had already requested, and, with all of the edits still IN the text it was nearly unreadable (I have read it BOTH ways, and trust me, you did NOT want to read the biill with all of the edits still in the text!) So, while no one READ the bill in it’s entirety, it was NOT NECESSARY because they already knew what was in the original bill and what edits they had requested. They KNEW what was in the bill. They voted the bill into law because it contained the components that they had agreed upon previously and it had components removed that they did not want in a healthcare law. It really IS that simple.

  • Jean Donahue

    What is it about a president keeping a campaign promise, that causes such tyranny? Could it be that it happens so seldom, they just cant process it, and their brains shut down?

  • surfjac

    I have to laugh at the ads from newsminus that are on this page…the ACA is self-funded and the only way to defund it is to repeal it.
    The joke is on them!

  • Jason

    When has our Federal government dictated to you that you MUST purchase a private sector commoditity and it you dont you will be penalized via the tax code? Never. BTW you are not penalized via the tax code if you fail to purchase auto insurance. Its a slippery slope so dont be bitching when the “other party” forces you to purchase something and uses the ACA as an example. Wake up from that slumber.