I’ve mentioned several times that if the truth about something is so terrible, there’s no reason to lie about it. It’s something I’ve often said about Republicans when they’re repeatedly caught lying about “Obamacare.” They like to perpetuate the idea that the Affordable Care Act is the worst thing this country has ever had to endure, yet most of the talking points Republicans use against the health care law are complete lies.
Take for instance House Speaker John Boehner’s statement that since “Obamacare” we’ve had a net loss of Americans who have health insurance.
Boehner said, “When you look at the 6 million Americans who’ve lost their policies, and claim 4.2 million who’ve signed up, I don’t know how many have actually paid for it — that would indicate to me a net loss of people with health insurance. And I actually do believe that to be the case.”
There are so many holes in that statement you’d have to be a complete fool to actually believe it.
Even if you want to say six million Americans lost their existing health insurance plans, his numbers would have to assume that none of them changed plans – instead choosing to simply go without health insurance.
Which would be absurd to believe.
Then even if you factor in the now five million Americans who’ve signed up for “Obamacare” (I’m assuming when he said this the newest numbers weren’t yet released) that doesn’t account for the millions of Americans who’ve gained health insurance through Medicaid expansion.
It also doesn’t account for the children (26 and under) who can remain on their parents’ insurance. Many might not have insurance right now if it weren’t for that provision in the law.
And even if you want to just put the Americans who had to change health plans (they didn’t lose insurance, just had to get a new plan) up against direct “Obamacare” marketplace sign ups, by the end of March it still seems that we’ll see more Americans getting access to health care through the marketplace than those who had to switch plans.
Again, this isn’t factoring in the millions of Americans who gained access through Medicaid expansion, those who are 26 and under who can remain on their parents’ insurance and those who didn’t “lose” insurance (they only had to switch plans).
So, in other words, John Boehner’s comment wasn’t just a blatant lie – you’d have to be an absolute fool to believe it.