When you look at the seemingly endless stream of lies told by Republicans, it’s no wonder so many Americans are confused about the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). It’s really pathetic that these right-wing politicians have the nerve to stand on a national stage, blatantly lie about the law, then go on national television and talk about how the law is such a mess many Americans don’t even know the truth about it.
How can they when these Republicans continue to not just stretch the truth (that’s normal for any politician) but just flat-out lie. And they’re not even lies based on reality. They’re lies that go into such detail that the person speaking them is either so incompetent they shouldn’t be allowed to be a member of Congress, or they’re sitting with their political strategists concocting new elaborate lies purposefully.
Before going into Eric Cantor’s ridiculous comments, let us not forget Ted Cruz’s blatant lie about “Obamacare” where he said Harry Reid specifically went to President Obama and asked that he grant Congress an opt-out for the law. Which apparently President Obama approved. Except—that never happened and no such opt-out exists. In fact, there’s an amendment to the Affordable Care Act which specifically prohibits this and requires members of Congress to participate in the exchanges next year.
Then there’s Eric Cantor and his comments where he said the IRS would have access to the personal health records of Americans:
“The IRS will have access to the American people’s protected health care information.”
Which, of course, is a great statement for a Republican to make. After all, they’ve been trying to push their IRS conspiracy theory for months and trying to tie it in with their lies about “Obamacare” is sure get their supporters even more worked up.
“How can we allow this law to continue when the IRS-who you know is evil and corrupt-can have access to your personal medical information?!”
And following comments such as these, I’m glad for the emergence of quality fact-checking organizations like Politifact, which gave Mr. Cantor’s comments their worst possible rating of “Pants on Fire.” Meaning they contained literally not one shred of truth and are not based on any kind of verifiable reality.
There’s no elaborate explanation to show why he’s lying—I don’t need one. His claim is based on as much reality as if he said we’re headed towards an invasion of unicorns on Labor Day.
It’s these kinds of comments which leave me continuing to ask a question I’ve yet to receive an answer to from any Republican: If the truth about the law is so terrible, why do you have to constantly lie? Shouldn’t the simple truth be enough?
Because the truth of the matter is this, if someone knows the real facts about something and whole-heartedly believes that it is terrible, there should be absolutely no reason to lie about anything.
Do we need to stretch the truth on horrific events? No. We just need to report the facts and the terrors will tell themselves.
But when someone has an agenda, and a goal to tear something down for some kind of personal gain, then that’s when you see the opposition lie, misinform and distort as much as possible hoping to shift public opinion enough where they get what they want. Because Republicans don’t care if they’re telling the truth about “Obamacare,” they just want to muddy the waters just enough that they create so much doubt people will be so terrified that they won’t know fact from fiction.
And for many, that’s exactly what they’ve done. There are still millions who believe in death panels, microchips, a government takeover of the health care industry and that Americans won’t have any choice over which doctor they see.
None of which are true, by the way. They’re just all lies prominent Republican politicians have perpetuated since 2008.
So while Republicans ramp up their attacks on “Obamacare” as it continues to roll out, their lies might pander to their voting base and give them something they want to hear.
But what these lies tell me is, Republicans are scared of the law. Not because of the myths they spread about it—but because they’re terrified it’s actually going to work.
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