The Affordable Care Act, signed into law by President Obama in March of 2010, has now been the law of the land for over four years. But even before it became law, Republicans had already spent an inordinate amount of time doing everything they could to sabotage and slander it.
Even as the marketplace had been open for a few months and millions of people began signing up for health insurance, Republicans still continued with their futile efforts to repeal the law. They’ve voted 50 times to repeal all, or parts, of the law in the last four years. Hell, they even shut down the government trying to “stop Obamacare.”
One of the most vocal opponents of the health care law has been Ted Cruz. There’s really no need to listen to him talk about Obamacare because all he does is spout off every right-wing talking point Republicans have been using since day one. Besides, almost everything he says about the health care law is an outright lie.
Well, during an interview with Fox News he was asked to provide his alternative to Obama’s signature law, but all he ended up doing is making a complete fool of himself.
Cruz led off with his usual rhetoric, saying that the Affordable Care Act is “the most profoundly unpopular law we have seen in modern times.” A statement that’s utterly ridiculous. Even the worst polls show nearly an even split between those who support the law and those who don’t. But even in those polls a decent amount of those who oppose the law do so because they don’t believe that it is liberal enough.
But then he said something even more ridiculous than that, “We need to delink health insurance from employment so that if you lose your job, you don’t lose your health insurance. Just like you don’t lose your car insurance or life insurance or health insurance or your house insurance. And if you do that, then health insurance becomes personal, portable and affordable. That’s the sort of reform that empowers consumers.”
That statement is ridiculous because that’s exactly what the Affordable Care Act does. It allows people access to health insurance outside of their employer. If anything what his comment does is defend what Obamacare is. It’s a means for people to purchase insurance on their own, for it to be affordable and gives consumers the power to shop around for health insurance.
It seems to me that Republicans actually love Obamacare – just as long as it’s called anything but Obamacare.