Republicans lie about a lot of things, but they’ve taken misinformation and deceit to a whole other level when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. Even when their lies are completely debunked, it doesn’t really matter. Either they ignore reality, or they simply make up new lies.
Take for instance a few months ago when the Obamacare enrollment closed and the Obama administration announced that around 8 million Americans had signed up through the various health care exchanges.
Of course, Republicans instantly dismissed this announcement as the administration simply making up numbers to cover up the “failures” of the Affordable Care Act. Though that talking point quickly turned into conservatives pushing their completely made up lie that while 8 million people might have actually signed up for coverage through the exchanges, hardly any of them actually paid for the coverage. Their point obviously being that even if 8 million Americans did sign up for Obamacare, they were worthless since they claimed many of them didn’t pay.
At the time, John Boehner perpetuated the idea that fewer people were actually insured. Which made absolutely no sense. While Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA) said, “I think the important thing is that 20 percent to 33 percent are signing up and then not paying, which means that the 7 million figure was never 7 million or close to it.”
Well, once again, Republicans look like absolute fools after it was recently announced that 7.2 million of the 8 million people who signed up for Obamacare paid for their coverage. For the mathematically challenged, that means about 90 percent of those who signed up for Obamacare paid for it. So, even though not all of those who signed up for coverage ended up paying, the 7.2 million number still puts enrollment numbers above the administration’s original goal of 7 million sign ups.
Needless to say, Fox News (and pretty much everyone within the conservative media for that matter) didn’t have much to say about this announcement. Fox reported on it, but tried to spin it into a negative light by focusing on the people who didn’t pay. An absolutely laughable attempt to slander the positive news.
And I’m sure many conservatives who did hear about it simply dismissed these numbers as more lies. Because that’s pretty much all they have. They can’t really factually dispute the numbers, so they simply say they’re made up. Though it’s important to point out, they have absolutely zero evidence to back up their claim. Because the truth is the only reason why they think these numbers are a lie, is because they want these numbers to be made up.
But that’s the thing about reality, it’s real whether Republicans want to believe in it or not.
To be honest with you, I’m still waiting for the day when the Obamacare numbers become so overwhelmingly positive that Republicans actually start trying to take credit for the law. And as absurd as that might sound, it wouldn’t really surprise me.