Obamacare critics: Wrong on the law, wrong on the facts

Within minutes of the Supreme Court’s decisive 6-3 ruling to uphold Obamacare and thus prevent wholesale chaos in the health-insurance market, Republicans began reading from the same discredited if familiar script.

U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter of Savannah complained that the ruling did nothing about “the devastating impact of this train wreck of a law.” Sen. John Cornyn of Texas lamented that “Obamacare has been a disaster for the millions of hardworking American families who have seen their health care costs skyrocket or lost their insurance entirely.” Sen. David Perdue claimed that as a result of Obamacare, many Georgians are being forced to work part-time by employers trying to sidestep the law. And Sen. Johnny Isakson, like his colleagues, promised “to repeal and replace Obamacare,” a refrain they have been singing for more than five years now.

Replace it with what, you ask?

They still have no idea. Even in the House Republican and Senate caucuses, Republicans can’t reach a consensus on what to do about health care because reaching that consensus would require that they compromise. And compromise — even compromise with their fellow Republicans — remains too difficult.

You’ve seen and heard the rhetoric. Here are the facts:

  • Today, an estimated 16 million more Americans have health insurance than before the law passed. That’s 16,000,000 individuals, each of whom now has access to health care beyond what’s available in a hospital emergency room. Many of those 16 million are working Americans who simply could not afford insurance without help.
  • Since Obamacare was signed into law in March 2010, we have created 11.5 million additional jobs and added more than $3 trillion to our gross domestic product, an increase of more than 20 percent. The number of Americans being forced to work part-time hasn’t increased; it has fallen by 2.5 million.
  • Repealing Obamacare, including its cost-containment and revenue measures, won’t reduce our national debt. It would increase the federal deficit by more than $300 billion over the next decade, according to a report earlier this month by the Congressional Budget Office. Beyond 2025, repealing Obamacare would make the deficit rise even faster.
  • While premiums and health-care costs are rising, they are rising much more slowly than they did before passage of Obamacare. In fact, soaring premiums were a major reason why Obamacare was passed in the first place. Since then, premium increases and overall health-care inflation have been significantly below predicted levels, with the federal government saving billions of dollars as a result.

None of those points is in dispute. None can be contradicted by data. And that’s why you don’t hear data, only apocalyptic rhetoric, from the law’s opponents. They don’t have the facts on their side. And as a conservative-dominated Supreme Court said last week, they also don’t have the law. Without the facts or the law, they are reduced to hollering.

Republicans do have one thing in their favor: They still control the House and Senate. If they want to prove their critics wrong by passing an actual working alternative to Obamacare, they have the theoretical power to do so.

However, I would not advise holding your breath.

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Duey Miller
Duey Miller

The moon is made of cheese, My car has 10,000 hp and my house is worth 6 billion dollars. See I can make up stuff too.


Shelbyann
Shelbyann

1. We have universal healthcare with over 99% of the population with access to affordable healthcare just one click away.

2. We have more options and better funding than ever. States can go single payer or use ocare funding to expand popular state programs. Young people have more choices and lower prices than anyone.

3. We have full employment. It's the economy stupid!

4. Republicans would have to keep the senate , win the white house, change the filibuster rules, and strip people of tax credits to repeal it. They are too weak. They can't even pass a budget.

5, Everyone is saving money with Ocare. It is a great program. Everyone loves it.

JKLtwo
JKLtwo

Jay-  even compromise with their fellow Republicans — remains too difficult

Does that remind you of the way Democrats had to bribe their own people to pass it in the first place?

LeninTime
LeninTime

@td1234 

That is because the new government in Greece has refused to do anymore after the first round started working

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Worked at what, TD?

td1234
td1234

@LeninTime Worked at getting the nations debt to spending ratio into a better position. 



ZAZ
ZAZ

@LeninTime @td1234 Tax rates and pension programs are a mess. But the level of debt accumulated is way out of control. In sad, sad shape and they know it. Whatever happens will be short-term fixes. 

elgrunir
elgrunir

@LeninTime @td1234 



Supposedly, cuts for Greece had been working

That, I should say, is fact-murking

To argue this more

Would be insufferable bore

I’d rather watch Elaine Benes twerking


td1234
td1234

@gotalife I was one of the ones that said banks were not to big to fail. 


You do know that every penny paid to bail out the banks was paid back with interest to the government? 

gotalife
gotalife

My car insurance just dropped by 25 %. Thanks Obama.

elgrunir
elgrunir

AUSTERITY?  SUUUUURE...


“Austerity?” You gotta be kidding

A buzzword for Republican bidding

You won’t cure the ills

Neither service the bills

You only accelerate the skidding

elgrunir
elgrunir

@gotalife 



A rich guy with vision? Gates, Bill

Neither a blowhard nor shill

Some energies will soon peter

We need stuff without meter

Like the sun--it can do it, and will

gotalife
gotalife

U.S. Not Contemplating A Federal Bailout Of Puerto Rico, White House Says.


Not even their banks? Change.


Great write a law on no more bailouts for bankers. Agreed.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Doom Classical liberal @LeninTime 

As opposed to what working? More profligate spending and a welfare state that the Greeks clearly can't pay for? Too funny!

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You're not answering the question, Doom.

How is Greece supposed to pull out of its depressionary spiral by drastically shrinking its economy still further through austerity?

td1234
td1234

@LeninTime That is because the new government in Greece has refused to do anymore after the first round started working. 

Doom Classical liberal
Doom Classical liberal

@LeninTime


As opposed to what working? More profligate spending and a welfare state that the Greeks clearly can't pay for? Too funny!


As the Greeks are finding out the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money. 

td1234
td1234

@elgrunir Well you better prepare yourself for the day because it is coming sooner than later to states and then the country as a whole. PR will be first on the list. 

ZAZ
ZAZ

@elgrunir @LeninTime @Doom Classical liberal Its economy is not capable of ever paying back the existing debt………debt acquired from years of corruption and vote buying and unsustainable pension payouts and bloated government programs. Unemployment at 25% with youth unemployment exceeding 50%. The house of cards is falling. What a surprise. 

ZAZ
ZAZ

@LeninTime @td1234 Well I have to agree with Lenin. In isolation, the only way out for Greece is loan forgiveness……oh, and that will certainly encourage the Greeks and its government to reform its inept ways, no?

LeninTime
LeninTime

@ZAZ @LeninTime @td1234 

Well I have to agree with Lenin. In isolation, the only way out for Greece is loan forgiveness

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Of course it is. 

It also happens to be capitalism 101.

KUTGF
KUTGF

The Supreme Court issued a brief, two paragraph order on Monday permitting Texas abortion clinics that are endangered by state law requiring them to comply with onerous regulations or else shut down to remain open. The order stays a decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which imposed broad limits on the women’s right to choose an abortion within that circuit.

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Oh goody......  some more rants about the SC and constitution coming.  ;)

gotalife
gotalife

 I don't follow Greek politics but our credible economists say they are just bailing out Europe's banks. They say to vote no and it is a no brainer.

ZAZ
ZAZ

@gotalife Stick to abortion, flags and gay marriage. The Greek issue is out of your wheelhouse.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Poor Republicans.  Their lives suck so much that they have no choice but to look for others to blame it on.