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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  • Matthew Reece

    “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.”

    This is why libertarians are distrustful of Republicans on this issue. Libertarians understand that Obamacare is immoral because it contains mandates backed by the guns of the state, which violates the non-aggression principle.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      What “non-aggression” principle? We don’t live in a libertarian paradise. We live in a democracy (of sorts) and majority rules. Obamacare is not immoral by any standard of morality with which I’m familiar. And that is why we are distrustful of Republicans AND libertarians, especially since the latter co-opted the former.

      You are free to leave anytime you like.

      • Christopher Michael Moore

        What he is saying is that whether or not the individual mandate comes from a republican or democrat, it doesn’t matter. The individual mandate is itself wrong. Don’t misunderstand me, I think healthcare for all is a worthy goal, if financially feasible. I am not sure it is or isn’t. Neither side has proven their point. As an individual, it makes my costs higher than before to have insurance for my family. There are reports that people’s hours are getting cut and their positions being phased out, and some places not hiring when they otherwise would have because of this law. It is having consequences that hurt the economy, which is what makes it possible for it be truly affordable or not, for individuals and families, as well as the government. The democrats forcing it through without allowing representatives time to read it, let alone the population (a broken promise by Obama) is suspicious at best.

        As for leaving, I don’t know if you are aware of it, but people giving up U.S. citizenship and leaving is higher under Obama than any previous president.

      • Cathryn Sykes

        Walmart just returned 35,000 people to full time status when they found that their customers were staying away because of empty shelves and bad service. And if the people leaving the US because of Obama are the typical “We can’t stand having that Kenyan, Muslim, atheist, communist, jihadist, n*igger in the White House” Obama haters, I say, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!”

      • Christopher Michael Moore

        I am glad to hear that Walmart returned those people to full time status. But that is not the typical situation. Walmart is the single largest employer in the country, and 35,000 may be like 5 per store for all I know. Most companies find it financially easier to hire and train more part-time employees to make up for lowering full-time employees to pert-time status, than to pay the additional costs supplied by the ACA.

        You know, although I see it occasionally on line, the description you have of people leaving is not typical of the people who are actually doing the leaving. The people leaving are generally well-off, intelligent, educated people who have tried the grass on the other side of the fence and have found, for them, the grass truly is greener elsewhere.

      • Matthew Reece

        By your logic, a woman in an abusive marriage would still be “free to leave” if she had to either marry another abusive spouse or stay in the house with her current husband in order to get a divorce.

      • Cathryn Sykes

        Wow. You can’t tell the difference between a democracy and an abusive marriage. Yes, we should listen to your idea about government! Absolutely!

      • Matthew Reece

        Wow. You can’t understand what I am saying. I am comparing the relationship between citizens and government to an abusive marriage minus the more reasonable means of leaving a marriage. I translated into marriage terms the fact that you must either get citizenship in another country or do without a passport if you renounce US citizenship.

      • Matthew Reece

        The non-aggression principle is an absolute standard of morality derived from the logical right of bodily ownership. It says that the initiation of force is immoral, and the only legitimate use of force is in self-defense.

      • Matthew Reece

        Democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on who gets eaten.

  • Michelle Mills

    DId you happen to see the spoof Jimmy Kimmel did on his show the other night? He polled people on Hollywood Blvd to see which they felt was better….”Obamacare” or “The affordable care act”. It was UNREAL how many citizens didn’t know that they were the same thing. Check it out if you haven’t seen it!

  • Jo Natha Cooper

    Im not even an Obama fan, but this was a move in the right direction. Why is it so bad to give Americans affordable health care? But its ok to send billions to foreign countries? Home first.

  • Comboverguy

    I really wish they wouldn’t call it the Affordable Care Act. My insurance premium raised $300.00 per month. The policy I had will no longer be available. And it really leaves a bad taste in my mouth having other taxpayers subsidize my premiums. I’ve never had to rely on welfare before and don’t want to do it now.