There’s one rule I’ve always tried to utilize when I’m listening to two sides of an argument and I’m trying to decide who it is I want to believe. The rule is, whichever side seems the most over the top or inflammatory is often the one I believe is lying.
This has been my train of thought when it comes to the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”).
Do I know for certain it will be a success? No, I don’t. I would prefer true universal health care, but this is at least a start. I’m sure the law will have a few bugs to work out, and have some bumps in the road along the way — but it’s definitely better than the plan we had before. Which was exactly no plan.
So when people like Michele Bachmann make absurd claims that in the future “Obamacare” will be referred to as “Deathcare,” I simply dismiss anything they have to say about the law.
And that’s exactly what she did. During a speech at the Values Voter Summit which was filled with what appears to be nothing but lies and right-wing propaganda (shocking, I know) Bachmann said that in the near future, “Obamacare” will be referred to as “Deathcare.” She also claimed that this is a battle between the “police state” that shut down the government causing places like the WWII memorial to be closed, versus the “Constitutional republic” she claims conservatives like her represent.
I love how Republicans claim to be representing a “Constitutional republic,” yet seem to ignore the fact that “Obamacare” was passed by Congress, signed by the president, upheld by our Supreme Court and then the president who signed it into law was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second-term. That’s the power of a “Constitutional republic” — something Republicans seem to care nothing about, as they continue to support John Boehner blocking a vote on the Senate’s continuing resolution which would reopen the government.
During her speech, Bachmann said, “This egregious system, that will ultimately be known as ‘Deathcare’ must be defeated.”
She then went on to paint “Obamacare” as a government takeover of the health care system, which of course is a complete lie:
“When the federal government controls your health care, they literally control life and death.”
But once again, the Affordable Care Act is not universal health care or a government run health care system—it’s insurance reform. However, if government run health care is so terrible, why do so many seniors give Medicare such high ratings? Our VA hospitals would be much better as well if Republicans weren’t so determined to continue to cut spending for veterans. Take the billions they hand over to big oil every year, give it to our veterans, and see the quality of the VA care drastically increase.
Also, if socialized medicine is so horrible, why is it that most countries which lead the world in average life expectancy have some form of socialized health care? Countries like Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, the U.K. all have some form of (if not total) universal health care and are some of the leading nations when it comes to the life expectancy of their citizens. The average citizen in each of these countries lives into their 80s.
The United States? We’re at 79. For example, Australia’s average life expectancy is 82, ours is 79. That’s only 3 years and it doesn’t sound like much, does it? But it is. Especially when you consider the United States at 79 is only two years better than Mexico, which has an average life expectancy of 77 years.
So Bachmann’s claims are not only false on the pretense that “Obamcare” is a government takeover of our health care system, but they’re false on her implication that universal health care will somehow cause more death.
Then again, this is the woman who once said on the floor of the House of Representatives that the health care law “literally kills women, kills children, kills senior citizens.” I’m thinking she’s unaware of what the word “literally” means.
But her absurd claims just feed into the seemingly endless train of lies Republicans have been tossing at the Affordable Care Act since before it was signed into law.
The sad part is, conservatives listening to her speech ate all of this up. I’m sure they cheered and applauded, believing everything she said was “right on the money.”
There’s just one problem—hardly any of what she said was actually true.