No Matter How Successful the ACA Becomes, Republicans Have No Choice But to Keep Lying About It

boehner-obamacareIt’s no secret that Republicans have based a large part of their party’s platform on being against the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.  Before it was even law, millions of dollars were being spent by various conservative groups to slander and sabotage the bill.

After all these years of bashing the health care law, the millions of dollars spent trying to slander it and the politicians who owe a large part of their success to opposing the law, Republicans have no choice but to continue to try to sabotage, lie and oppose Obamacare.

They don’t have any choice.

Even after over 7 million people signed up for Obamacare through the marketplace, the only option Republicans had following that news was to essentially say the numbers were a lie.  And that’s exactly what most of them did.

Here’s a “bold” prediction: Unless the news about Obamacare is bad, Republicans will always say it’s a lie.

It won’t matter what level of success the law reaches, Republicans will never be able to support the law. They simply can’t.  They’ve spent so much time and money slandering the law, lying about the law, that if they were to ever admit that it was working even in the slightest – they would expose themselves as complete frauds.

After years and years of lying about law, if it reaches certain levels of success and none of their horror stories come true, it proves without a doubt that they were completely full of crap.  They can’t simply say, “Well, we were wrong and Obama was right.”

Forget the law working (as it has so far), they absolutely cannot praise President Obama in any way.  Even on issues outside of the health care law, if a Republicans is seen working with or complimenting President Obama, they’re shunned and attacked by their own party.

So even if polls one day show over 60% of Americans support the law, millions of Americans continue to gain access to health care thanks to the law and the economy shows to be in no way negatively impacted by the law – Republicans will still never admit the law is working or praise it in any way.

Again, they can’t.

They’ve done such a masterful job at convincing conservative voters of just how “terrible” the law is with their lies that their only choice is to double down on those lies, create new ones and continue to perpetuate the idea that all positive news about the law is a lie.

Which is exactly what they’ll do.  Because after they’ve lied as much as they have about something, for as long as they have, their only choice is to keep lying.  To do otherwise would require them to admit that they’re liars and to expose themselves as the frauds that they are.

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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  • Qbsparky


  • PRIME79

    Spot on.

  • Eddie Krebbs

    I’ll agree there are die-hards who will criticize that ACA no matter what. The continued attacks on Medicare (despite a generally favorable view of Medicare by those on it) shows that some folks will never give up.

    But at some point, bashing the ACA, while it may stir up the die-hard base, will mostly be political suicide. Which leads to the second alternative as proposed by President Obama – that the repubs will claim they came up with it (which isn’t entirely untrue as many parts of the ACA are based on plans proposed by repubs in the past).

    • Stephen Barlow

      hit their strategy on the head! Claim other’s success as their own, Right out of Napolean’s playbook in Animal Farm by Orwell.

      They will give the credit to Romney, just as they almost tried to in the very beginning of the 2008 campaign. When tanked by his own party in 2008, he came back fiercely murdering his own grand child.

      Now THINK carefully to the 20th failed governments who employed a controlled dogma or death press, 70% of the money n the state and were CONSTANTLY telling the world chronic fictions about how good it was to be a Soviet or Nazi party member.

      Putin STIL tells those same lies and behaves exactly as any Republican would and does. the RED party is the Soviet-Republican Party.

  • tandg

    liars lie. it’s what they know.

  • suburbancuurmudgeon

    Oh, they could admit they were lying and wrong, but they won’t. Reminds me of Denny Crane: ” Say what you will, about Republicans. We stick to our convictions, even when we know we’re dead wrong.”

    • Stephen Barlow


  • deanne

    If they say it enough, they actually believe it’s true. Also they get so much money from “big business” like pharma and health care/insurance comanies, they want to keep them believing that their fight will not stop. And they could hae used the money spent on it sooo much better (than wasting it the way they have).

    • Stephen Barlow

      Believing is not seeing. Believing is not virtuous. Believe against the facts is DENYING the truth.

      Ask ANY kid with a dead beat Dad who promises to take him fishing. or a Deadbeat Mom who never gets hose cookies in the oven.

      Yet as adults, no matter how many times a Republican lie is debunked, the faithful plant new turds in the garden. HOW can these people be so proud of their pooptrees?

  • Stephen Barlow

    Name Me ONE single WHOLE TRUTH that came from a Republican in this millenium.