Of Course Many Americans Oppose “Obamacare” – Republicans Spent Billions Lying About it for Years

koch-moneyWhen it comes to the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) one thing seems to be a constant—most Americans don’t know many of the facts about the health care law.

But then, how could they?  I’ll be the first to admit, President Obama has done a horrific job at explaining the bill and launching a strong campaign against the endless onslaught of blatant lies from Republicans about his signature health care law.  That’s on him.

I’m not saying the law is bad, I’m simply say his handling of making sure the right information was put out there for Americans to find and understand was poor.  He allowed Republicans to control the message about “Obamacare,” and that’s exactly what they did.

Since before it was even law, Republicans have relentlessly attacked the Affordable Care Act.  From death panels to microchips, all the way to a full-on government takeover of health care, there’s been a seemingly endless stream of mythical right-wing propaganda about “Obamacare.”

Honestly, whenever a conservative wants to debate the health care law with me, I simply ask them to name three factual statements about it.  And honestly, to this day, I don’t think one has been able to do so.

But it’s really not hard to figure out why millions of Americans can’t name many specifics about “Obamacare.”  Right-wing groups have spent unheard of billions of dollars on propaganda campaigns against it.  And the thing is—since day one, they’ve been built almost entirely on lies and deception.

First, they like to deny the fact that the individual mandate in the law was a Republican idea.  Well, it was.  Back then Republicans called a mandate “taking personal responsibility,” but now they call it a radical liberal idea.

Then there’s always the question I ask, yet rarely get an answer to: “If the truth about “Obamacare” is so bad, why do Republicans have to constantly lie about it?  Shouldn’t the simple truth be enough?”  Because that’s exactly what many Republicans have done since day one—lie.

Take Ted Cruz’s sixty-second video he recently made that was entirely made up of lies.  In fact, Politifact has rated Cruz as one of the most dishonest politicians in Congress.

Or who can forget the ultra-creepy Koch-funded television ads which portrayed Uncle Sam giving a man and a woman some very invasive medial procedures.  These ads were so incredibly ridiculous I had to double check that they weren’t some satire from Saturday Night Live.  If you haven’t seen them I would highly encourage you to click that link and check them out.  They’re honestly too outlandish to properly describe with words.

And those are just recent examples.  The attack against “Obamacare” has been going on for four years.  I’ve lost count of the blatant lies I’ve seen Republicans tell Americans.

But one of the most ironic parts about “Obamacare” is, when you take out Obama’s name, the support for the law goes up.  Approval for each individual part of the law is also often much higher than the overall law itself.  Which makes absolutely no sense—until you factor in the huge anti-Obamacare onslaught Republicans have waged against it for years.

Again, if the law is so terrible, Republicans shouldn’t feel the need to lie about it.  If I oppose something, I don’t need to lie about it–because I believe the basic facts should be enough to support my opposition.

When I look at the Republican stance against “Obamacare” it’s been built almost entirely on lies.  But why?

Well, it’s simple actually.  They’re terrified it’s going to work.  They’ve opposed it so vigorously that they have no other options other than to go “all-in” and hope to do whatever they can to make the law fail.  Because if it works, then what?  That’s why you see Republican-controlled states declining the Medicaid expansion and leaving millions of citizens unable to benefit from “Obamacare.”

But the sad part is, I don’t think it really matters to many Republican voters.  After all, many of these people are the ones relying on government programs—while opposing people who rely on government programs.  So it wouldn’t shock me at all to see millions of Republicans enjoying the benefits of “Obamacare,” while still opposing the law.

Because that’s exactly what the party has turned into.  An entire political movement that’s built on greed, lies, propaganda and the desire to believe what they want to be real instead of what is real.

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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