Who’s ever dealt with a child throwing a temper tantrum? The screaming, crying, stubbornness, irrationality—just so the child can try and force an adult to do what they want.
Well that seems to be exactly what Republicans are doing over the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”). They’ve decided that since they haven’t gotten their way so far, they should just throw a tantrum.
The law was passed by both the House of Representatives and Senate, signed by the President and then deemed Constitutional by the Supreme Court. Outside of a full-on Constitutional Amendment (which in today’s political environment would be nearly impossible to pass), “Obamacare” is about as definitive a law as you can get.
Yet, since even before the law was passed, Republicans have done anything they could to defeat it. They’ve distorted facts, tried to sabotage its implementation, perpetuated outlandish stories and have sought every possible loophole in existence to try and do whatever they can to prevent this law from working.
From “death panels” to the lie about it being a government takeover of health care, telling Americans they won’t be able to choose their doctors (as if current health insurance plans gave people unlimited selection for any doctor they wanted) all the way to the lie that it’s a “job destroyer.” Republicans have built an opposition to “Obamacare” that’s based on complete fiction.
Which always prompts me to ask the question, “If the truth about the Affordable Care Act is so terrible, why do Republicans always seem to be lying about it? Shouldn’t the truth be enough?”
But despite their best efforts, the law continues to move forward. And as the law continues to do so, millions of Americans have enjoyed access to health care which they were previously denied due to the fact they were born with a pre-existing condition.
And as we continue to see reports from states showing that “Obamacare” is actually driving down the cost of health insurance premiums, Republicans are becoming more desperate than ever.
A great example of Republican desperation was just a few days back when House Speaker Boehner shared a link on Twitter proclaiming “rate shock,” and implying that people living in Ohio would see rate hikes as high as forty-one percent.
That is if you only read the first paragraph of the article he linked to. If Boehner had read all the way down to the third paragraph (and everything past it) he would have seen that the majority of the article actually praised “Obamacare,” and exposed how the “41%” number Republicans like him were using was highly distorted.
Now there’s more and more talk that some Congressional Republicans are pushing for a government shutdown to attempt to force President Obama to defund “Obamacare.”
Luckily some Republicans are standing up to the idiocy being displayed by a few within their own party. Such as the comments by North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, who said it was the “dumbest idea he’s ever heard of” when told about some conservatives pushing for a government shutdown.
But what this irrational behavior by Republicans towards “Obamacare” really stems from is their absolute fear that the law might actually—work.
Much like a child throwing a tempter tantrum, the child’s actions usually don’t start out with them rolling around on the ground, kicking and screaming incoherently. No, they often begin more mildly and work their way up to the full-blown tantrum.
As the child begins to realize that their battle with the adult isn’t going the way they want it to, they then become more desperate, and that’s when you see the rolling around on the ground, kicking and screaming.
Which is the point Republicans are approaching. State exchanges are beginning to rollout, with rates lower than expected. Then with near full-on implementation of the law expected next year, Republicans are throwing themselves on the ground, kicking and screaming, doing anything they can to prevent the law from working.
“Since our 40 attempts to repeal a law didn’t work, and our fear mongering hasn’t stopped it from being implemented, we’ll just shutdown the government until you defund the law!”
It’s their last ditch effort to try and get their way. Because the last thing Republicans want is for the law to be implemented, work, and then they’re left trying to explain to their constituents why they so fiercely opposed the law when it’s benefiting millions of Americans and doing what President Obama said it would do.
And even though Obama easily won re-election and Democrats gained seats in the House and the Senate—Republicans still seem to feel that they have some “mandate” given to them in this country to act like petulant children who aren’t getting their way.
Which is exactly what it seems they plan on doing.
But at the end of the day, more Republicans need to listen to Senators from their own party like Richard Burr who said it best.
“I think it’s the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard of. Listen, as long as Barack Obama is president, the Affordable Care Act is going to be law. I think some of these guys need to understand that if you shut down the federal government, you better have a specific reason to do it that’s achievable. Defunding the Affordable Care Act is not achievable through shutting down the federal government. At some point you’re going to open the federal government back up, and Barack Obama’s going to be president, and he won’t have signed this illusion of the Affordable Care Act.”
In other words, “Obamacare” is the law of the land—get over it.