It’s a brand new year, but don’t think for a moment that’s going to change anything when it comes to out of control right-wing ignorance. The elections of 2012 should have taught them that their radical shift in policies doesn’t line up with the feelings of the majority of Americans — but it did not. In 2013, we saw Republicans (Ted Cruz and others) actually shift more radically right, believing that the tea party needs more influence, not less.
Their basic “logic” being that in 2012, Mitt Romney lost because he wasn’t conservative enough. Yeah, that’s why.
And with 2014 being an election year, you can only expect the ridiculousness of the GOP to continue. In fact, I predict it reaches all-time highs.
That being said, Republicans are betting big on negativity toward “Obamacare” being the catalyst for taking full control in Congress. And, to their credit, it seemed like a good plan early on. The website was a disaster at launch and initial enrollment numbers were atrocious.
Republicans were falling all over themselves bashing the Affordable Care Act at every turn. Hell, they were giddy. October’s enrollment numbers were horrific. Only about 106k people had signed up for health insurance through Healthcare.gov and Republicans couldn’t repeat those numbers enough. I thought Fox News was going to go off the air, replacing their normal scheduled broadcasts with just a still image of how low October’s enrollment for “Obamacare” was.
Suddenly though, you don’t hear much about enrollment from Republicans, do you?
Maybe that’s because, through December, 2.1 million people have now enrolled for health insurance through exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act .
Oh, you’ll hear some conservatives come out and say, “But that’s still below initial estimates and projections fall short of the 7 million they had hoped to sign up by March!”
Granted, it’s below estimates — for now. There are still quite a few experts who not only believe 7 million enrollees is obtainable, but numbers might actually exceed 7 million.
Here’s what you say to those Republicans: “Coming from a party that promised WMD’s in Iraq (and found zero) then said the Bush tax cuts would balance the budget (when in fact our national debt doubled), you might want to rethink attacking someone else for results being slightly below what they had initially projected.”
And let’s not pretend like Republicans are innocent here. Their blatant lies and fear-mongering about “Obamacare” have created such doubt about the truths pertaining to the healthcare law that quite a few Americans are still very hesitant to sign up for health insurance through the marketplace.
Funny how that works, right? Republicans spend years (and billions) blatantly lying about “Obamacare,” then brag about poll numbers that show Americans are unsure of the facts about the law or haven’t signed up for health insurance because they strongly oppose the law — strong opposition that’s based on lies they’ve been told by Republicans.
Republicans cause a problem, then blame someone else for the results. That’s basically been their motto since as long as I can remember.
Oh, and I almost forgot, that 2.1 million doesn’t include the 3.9 million who’ve gotten access to health care thanks to the Medicaid expansion. So, for the mathematically challenged, that’s 6 million Americans who have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, with millions more still to come.
I really hope enrollment surpasses 7 million by the end of March. Not just for the success of the Affordable Care Act, but just to see Republicans make bigger fools of themselves trying to attack the law.
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