When it comes to the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”) I stick to the simple philosophy I have with most anything — “If the truth about it is so terrible, why is there a need to lie? Shouldn’t the truth be enough?” And I’ve never used that phrase as much as I have when talking about Republicans and their blatant slandering of the health care law passed in 2010.
Their deliberate lies about “Obamacare” tell me two things:
- They’re terrified of the law working and are willing to say or do anything they can to make people terrified of it.
- They know absolutely nothing about the law and have simply bought into their own right-wing rhetoric and propaganda.
Because almost every talking point my right-wing friends mention about the Affordable Care Act is completely false.
One of those lies being that Democrats knew the bill was terrible, therefore allowed members of Congress to be exempt from the law.
Now, when someone lies there’s two ways you can look at it. Either they were simply misinformed and misspoke, or they blatantly lied to deceive someone or a group of people. If the lie is a simple statement, one could argue the person who said it was simply misinformed. But when it’s detailed and elaborate it’s often a purposeful lie said specifically for deception.
Ted Cruz’s comments were a blatant lie:
“President Obama just granted all of Congress an exception. And he did it because Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats who passed this thing came begging and said, ‘Please, please, please let us out of Obamacare.’ This thing ain’t working.”
First, if Harry Reid would have ever said something such as this—Cruz would have never known about it. Let alone this level of specificity.
Second, Congress isn’t exempt from the law. They will participate in the exchange just like everyone else.
In fact Republican Senator Chuck Grassley offered an amendment to the health care law in 2009 that specifically says members of Congress must purchase their insurance through the marketplaces—which was accepted by the Senate Finance Committee without a single objection.
Also lost in Cruz’s comments, which I’m sure he’s aware of, is the fact that many states (the states that want the Affordable Care Act to work, that is) are reporting marketplace premiums below what analysts had been predicting.
Not exactly what I’d call “the wheels coming off.”
So with Cruz’s comments about the Affordable Care Act and his depiction of Harry Reid’s comments to President Obama, he either displayed an incredible amount of ignorance about the law or, and this is much more likely, he flat out lied.
He pandered to a crowd which obviously wanted to hear how terrible the law is. He fed into the disdain those people had about Democrats, President Obama and all things liberal (disdain which has largely been based on lies perpetuated by conservatives) because he’s aiming for a 2016 presidential run, and he’s learned quickly you don’t get there without pandering to your base.
Then with the cartoonish way in which he described with outlandish detail how Harry Reid went about getting Congress exempt from the law, it only leads me to think that this man is a borderline, if not a complete sociopath.
Because it’s one thing to lie with a straight face (and let’s be honest, all politicians do it), but to act with such callous disregard for facts as to create an elaborate depiction of events Cruz knew never happened—that’s a whole other level of mental illness.
Unfortunately for people like Ted Cruz, reality doesn’t show bias. And individuals like him can only deny reality for so long.
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