Fact: The Majority of Americans do NOT Support Defunding “Obamacare”

ObamaThe one thing that baffles me the most about Republicans as it relates to the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) is their persistent lies.  From the law’s inception, Republicans have spent countless hours and unheard of amounts of money on smear campaigns against the law.  You would think this over the top attack on the law would prompt some conservative voters to stop and think to themselves, “This seems a little excessive, I might want to question their motives.”

Especially the lying.  Then again most conservative voters never question what they’re told by the right-wing media, so they really don’t know that they’re being blatantly lied to.

Whenever I’m faced with an anti-Obamacare conservative (which is pretty much all of them) I simply remind them that almost every single thing they “know” about the law is a lie, and nearly every comment someone from their party makes about the law is also a lie.  I always like to ask them, “If the truth about the law is so terrible, why is there a need to lie?  Shouldn’t the simple truth be enough?”

Take for example Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s recent claim that the majority of Americans support defunding Obamacare.  A statement the fact-checking site Politifact ruled as “Mostly False.” 

Of course, as Politifact noted in their decision, a clarification from Rubio was never received.

What Politifact did find is that the majority of Americans do not support defunding Obamacare.  In fact, 57 percent oppose cutting funding while only 36 percent approve.  Then if you factor in the situation of the government being shutdown to defund Obamacare, the numbers move even more favorably toward funding and away from defunding.   When asked if they would support defunding of Obamacare by way of a government shutdown or default on our debt, only 19 percent of those who responded supported doing either.

So where exactly did Rubio come up with his false claims?  Apparently he pulled his numbers from the “ultra reliable and absolutely not bias” Heritage Action poll—the polling arm of the Heritage foundation.  And I’m sure in no way did they shape the wording of the poll or their “random sample” to benefit conservative talking points.  But just for clarification on the demographics, Politifact did find out that their poll was done in 10 House districts, 6 of which are Republican controlled.

This reminds me of the “credible polls” I saw during last year’s presidential election by these conservative groups that showed Romney headed for a victory.  Which of course didn’t happen, and it wasn’t even close to happening.

But Rubio’s distortion of the truth, and use of a completely bias poll for his claim, only goes to show yet another example of the right-wing fear mongering against the Affordable Care Act that’s almost entirely based on lies.

Which continues to prompt the question every liberal needs to ask every conservative — “If the truth about Obamacare is so bad, why do your elected officials keep lying about it?”

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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