You had to know that this was coming. After weeks and weeks of right-wing propaganda pointing to the failures of the Affordable Care Act website as the proof that “Obamacare” is a failure, now that it’s pretty much fixed and working, we’re going to start seeing Republicans minimize the importance of the functionality of the website. Which is exactly what Ted Cruz’s sentiments were with his tweet where he said that a “Faulty website is but 1 symptom of Obamacare.”
In other words, “Damn, now that the website is working I won’t be able to use it to attack “Obamacare” so I need to downplay the importance of it.”
It’s just sad.
Funny, to people like Ted Cruz a broken website is a “sign” that proves “Obamacare” is a failure. However, a fixed website — well, that’s no big deal.
Granted, the HealthCare.gov website is still working out a few of the last remaining bugs, but by most accounts it’s well on its way to being 100% fixed very soon.
Then I love how Senator Cruz falls back on the short-sighted talking point of “higher premiums, cancelled plans and decreased access to your doctor.”
First, he never mentions the millions of Americans who are actually paying less for health care. Yes, some Americans are paying more, but many are also paying less.
Second, “cancelled” plans is actually not completely accurate. Sure, plans are being cancelled — because they’re substandard health insurance plans.
Also, he fails to mention the tens of millions of Americans who won’t gain access to affordable health insurance due to Republican obstruction in state legislatures that are refusing to expand Medicaid.
Now, what’s a bigger travesty?
- People being forced to purchase more comprehensive health insurance plans, –or–
- Millions of Americans living in poverty and being denied health care because Republicans refuse to expand Medicaid
I’m going with the refusal to expand Medicaid to help millions of Americans living in, or near, poverty.
Then he went on to the myth of Americans having decreased access to their doctors. The Affordable Care Act does nothing to health insurance which would change access to anyone’s specific doctor any different than health insurance companies had been doing previously. As doctors go in and out of HMO’s, many times people are forced to switch doctors because their health insurance no longer covers their previous doctor.
This is not something that’s been created by “Obamacare.” It’s just a previous issue blatant liars like Ted Cruz use to try to stir up fake fear about the healthcare law.
So while his tweet wasn’t anything earth shattering, I found it funny that as HealthCare.gov has began to work far better than it was, Ted Cruz acted very quickly to start backtracking on the importance of the site’s functionality — even after weeks of using its issues as a tool to “prove the failures of Obamacare.”
I’m sure this pattern of backtracking on the importance of HealthCare.gov’s functionality is something we’ll see from many other Republicans going forward, as the website continues to show few (if any) signs of the initial setbacks it suffered.