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.


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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