When it comes to proving the unwavering ignorance that drives the modern day Republican Party, the list of examples is practically endless. This is a political party which elected a con man and reality TV star as “president” despite the fact that he ran the most dishonest and fact-free campaign in political history.
Still, sometimes an example comes along that, by itself, provides a perfect glimpse of the unbridled stupidity that fuels most Republicans.
That’s exactly what happened when White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer sent out the following tweet:
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) June 28, 2017
Okay, sure, it’s true that Obamacare hasn’t provided every single American with health insurance. The only way to actually accomplish that goal would be to pass true, single-payer universal health care — which the GOP staunchly opposes. So I’m not exactly sure why pointing out how many Americans still don’t have health insurance makes a whole lot of sense.
Obviously, that’s not even the most ignorant part of this tweet.
As many reading this have probably realized right when they saw this graphic, if Spicer’s boss gets his way, the number of Americans without insurance — which is the big point he’s trying to use to attack Obamacare — will drastically increase by 22 million.
So, if Trumpcare passes, by 2026, instead of Spicer being able to tweet about the 28.2 million Americans who don’t have health insurance even after the passage of Obamacare — he could tweet about the 50 million who won’t have insurance if the health care bill he supports is enacted into law.
Ignoring all of the other terrible aspects of Trumpcare, and whatever spin Republicans are trying to put on those facts, it’s absolutely indisputable that fewer Americans are going to have health insurance if this law passes — end of story.
And if you don’t believe me, just ask Speaker of the House Paul Ryan who recently bragged about people having the “choice” whether to live or die under the GOP’s plans for health care.
Not only is Spicer’s tweet idiotic considering the law his boss wants passed would nearly double the number of Americans without health insurance, but it’s also contextually disingenuous. Despite 28.2 million Americans without health care being a fairly high number — that’s still a historic low. The current rate of 8.8 percent without insurance is the lowest it’s been since 1972.
In fact, the only reason that figure isn’t smaller is due in large part because of the Republicans all across the country who refused to expand Medicaid. Had every state done so, like the law intended, then millions more — ironically, many of whom would have been conservative voters — would currently have health insurance.
So while Spicer foolishly tried to attack Obamacare for a figure that’s not only a historic low, but also would double if his party gets their way on health care, that 28.2 million would be much smaller had Republicans all across the country not tried to sabotage the law by refusing to expand Medicaid to cover more people in their particular states.
The bottom line is, Spicer’s tweet is ridiculous because it attacks Obamacare for a number that will drastically increase if Republicans get their way, and the 28.2 million he highlights, while still much too high, is actually a historic low when it comes to the number of people without health insurance — a number that would be much lower had Republicans in several states not refused to expand Medicaid.
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