Debunking the Republican Lie That Most Americans Oppose “Obamacare”

obamacare2By now many of you have heard about the poll that showed 54% of Americans would prefer if Republicans didn’t control the House.  But while reading the results of that poll, one area stuck out to me.

The part where they asked Americans about the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).

I think it’s safe to say if you follow politics at all you’ve heard a Republican say how “Americans don’t like Obamacare.”  They’ve repeated that line, or something like it, time after time to perpetuate this idea that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the healthcare law.

They’ll even say many liberals oppose the law.

All these comments, on the surface, sound great for those who oppose President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

There’s just one problem—these statements aren’t true.

Sure, the poll done by CNN showed that 56% of those surveyed did oppose “Obamacare.”  However, when you look at the numbers closer, 41% of those asked support the law, while 12% of those that “oppose” the law didn’t think it was liberal enough.

So the reality of the poll’s findings is that 53% of those asked actually support the law or think it should have an even more liberal slant, with only 44% opposing it.  And these numbers have been fairly consistent over the history of polling since 2010.

The fact is, Republicans talk to other Republicans.  When they say, “I’m doing what the American people are telling me,” they really mean, “I’m doing what my right-wing voters are telling me.”

Even during the shutdown when the vast majority of Americans opposed defunding “Obamacare,” then blamed the GOP for the shutdown, many Republicans still insisted that they were “doing what the American people wanted” and the “American people were on their side.”

Many of them are absolutely nuts.

And while there’s no doubt a lot of confusion over “Obamacare,” and a lot of fear about the unknown, what should we expect?  Conservative lobbying groups have spent billions of dollars over the last few years on a campaign of blatant misinformation to deceive the American people about the law, to the point that most people don’t know what’s real and what’s a right-wing created myth.

Hell, many Americans actually believe “Obamacare” and the Affordable Care Act are two different things.  And many Republicans really believe the health care law is socialized health care, when in fact it’s basically insurance reform.

But even after the years of blatant Republican lies, and the embarrassing glitches the Marketplace website has experienced, the CNN poll found that 53% of Americans either support the Affordable Care Act or wish it were even more liberal in its details.

But of course you won’t hear that on Fox News or from any other right-wing media source.  They’re too busy citing “completely unbiased” polls done by the Heritage Foundation and FreedomWorks.

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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  • Stephen MacRae

    Would it be possible to remove the attack ad about Lamar Alexander opposing legislation to defund “Obamacare”? I find it very odd reading on this site…

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      No, because it comes with the site and Clifton has no control over it.
      I’m seeing something about refinancing my mortgage

      • Stephen MacRae

        Thanks. I suspected that it was tailored to your location. I live in TN. I was just curious as to why a progressive site would dance with the devil…

  • Mike Williams

    Fact: In the last two decades there have been two government shutdowns.

    1995 and 2013

    Fact: Both shutdowns were over health care.
    Fact: Both shutdowns were because the republicans did not get their way.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      FACT: Both times the Republicans came out worse for wear.

  • Susanne Engstrom

    Wish that PBS News Hour would counter yesterday’s lie with this.

  • Scaramongus

    Perhaps they are creating a meme which is intended to de-legitimatize people who vote against the Tea Party as not true Americans. Just like they have been trying with Obama.