Whenever the subject of the Affordable Care Act gets brought up, you’ll undoubtedly hear what seems like an endless stream of nonsense spewing from the mouths of most conservatives. It still amazes me to think that there are literally millions of conservatives in this country benefiting from the Affordable Care Act who support politicians who want to repeal it. It’s absurdity on a scale often only found in some of the best satire.
But one of the biggest right-wing talking points you’ll hear is the infamous “5 million Americans lost their health insurance due to Obamacare” line. This is, at best, highly misleading. Those Americans didn’t “lose” health insurance, their plans were just inadequate to meet the Affordable Care Act’s standards so they were forced to buy a better plan, or roll over into a more adequate plan through their provider. The truth is, many of those plans that were “cancelled” or rolled over into a new plan were so limited in coverage that it was a joke to call them health insurance in the first place.
But nonetheless President Obama did mislead Americans about this issue, and he shouldn’t have. However, unlike George W. Bush (who sent over 4,400 Americans to die in Iraq based on a lie and still insists to this day that he did the right thing) President Obama actually apologized to those Americans who weren’t able to keep their old plans, and took measures to help remedy the problem. Bush has pretty much refused to apologize for pretty much anything that went on during his corrupt and inept administration.
And though Republicans continue to push for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (which isn’t going to happen no matter how often they waste taxpayer money voting to do so), there’s a number that you won’t hear any of them mention and you sure as heck won’t see Fox News covering: 10.3 million.
That’s the number of Americans who would instantly lose health insurance if “Obamacare” was repealed.
Now, if you want to see how quickly Americans suddenly love “Obamacare,” let over 10 million Americans lose health insurance and watch those Gallup poll numbers rise.
Once you sift through the endless stream of Republican lies and propaganda against the Affordable Care Act, the simple truth is that the law is working. Health care costs are rising at the slowest rate in decades, the vast majority of Americans are happy with their health care and the number of uninsured Americans drastically dropped from 2013.
And if Republicans want to push the idea that Americans should be “outraged” because 5 million Americans had to switch health insurance plans, then I wonder what they’d say to the 10.3 million Americans who would lose their health insurance if they got their way and fully repealed “Obamacare”?