Lying in politics is nothing new. No matter what “side” you’re on, or which politicians you really like or hate, there’s one universal truth: They all lie. Whether it’s taking something out of context, cherry picking information or just flat-out making something up, they all do it. Some do it far more often than others (Ted Cruz seems allergic to the truth, for example) but the problem is widespread.
Well, as most of us on the left know, Republicans have been lying about the Affordable Care Act since before it was even signed into law. And no matter how successful the law continues to prove to be, the absurd fear-mongering from the right is relentless. Then again, they really have no choice but to keep attacking the law. For Republicans to admit the law has been successful would be a direct admission that they’ve been lying about the law for over six years and that President Obama was right.
Those are two things they will never admit to.
Besides, no matter how successful the law might be, it would be political suicide for any Republican to come out in support of it. Right now there are millions of conservatives literally benefitting from this law, who still want it repealed and would vote against a politician who supports it. The ignorance is astounding.
Speaking of ignorance, Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) made the ludicrous claim on the House floor that “Obamacare” will cost $5 million per person. That’s a number so high that you’d really have to be a complete moron to actually believe it:
“If you just do simple multiplication, 12 million [insured individuals] into $108 billion, we are talking literally every single [Obamacare] recipient would be costing this government more than $5 million per person for their insurance. It’s staggering….$108 billion for 12 million people is immoral. It’s unconscionable. ”
Indeed, $5 million per person would be immoral and unconscionable, if it were true. Unfortunately for Sessions, his “simple multiplication” is so far off base it would be laughable – if he wasn’t screwing with the lives of millions of Americans with his lies.
First, $108 billion divided by 12 million is $9,000 – not $5 million. So, even just using the $9,000 number (which isn’t accurate either) I wonder if Sessions would still believe it’s “immoral” or “unconscionable.”
But when you look at the CBO’s numbers, they put the cost of the Affordable Care Act at around $4,130 per person, which is less than half of the $9,000 that Sessions should have quoted if he had used a calculator instead of making an ass out of himself.
So, when looking at the actual numbers, along with using the correct math to calculate the cost per person, it comes out to just over $4,000. That’s hardly a number that any sane person could call “immoral” or “unconscionable.”
There’s a bigger issue here as well: When Sessions said this, did he really believe the cost was $5 million per person? A spokesman for the congressman said he simply used the wrong numbers, but that doesn’t negate the fact that he must have believed these numbers enough to use them. And if someone is really so misinformed about the law that they would honestly believe that it would cost $5 million per person, one can’t help but wonder what other lies and nonsense they believe about the health care law that’s not even remotely true?
Then again, for most Republicans, it’s not about reality or truth – it’s just about their politicians telling them what they want to hear.
Watch his comments below via The Washington Post: