Obamacare was a bill built on lies so it’s fitting that Democrats must now turn to lies to keep their signature legislative accomplishment afloat.
Given the law’s slow-motion self-destruction, it’s easy to forget the lengths that President Obama went to in order to get the bill over the finish line.
“If you like your health car plan, you can keep it.”
“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
“I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits.”
“I will sign a universal health care bill…that will cover every American and cut the costs of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.”
Not only were none of those ever true, they were very clearly not true to anyone who had a modicum of understanding about what the bill would do. Then again, it was hard to gain that understanding given, as Pelosi infamously said, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
Six years into the life of the bill, what we’ve found is that it’s a disaster. The mishmash of incentives failed spectacularly, leading to a sicker than expected risk pool, soaring premiums, and a failing individual insurance market. Rather than own up to the bill’s failures, Democrats are once again turning to lies, hyperbole and cliche in an attempt to scuttle the Republican repeal-and-replace proposal and prop up their failing law.
Here’s just a small taste of the madness:
- “Trump and Republicans will own every preventable death, every untreated illness and every bankruptcy that American families will be forced to bear if this bill becomes law.” – DNC chairman Tom Perez
- “A bill that destroys health care for millions to shovel cash to the rich isn’t a health care bill. . .Families will go bankrupt. People will die.” – Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
- “This is clearly not just worse; it’s a death knell.” – New Jersey Senator Corey Booker
- “If the bill passed today in the House became law thousands of Americans would die because they would no longer have access to health care.” – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
And, just for the sake of a little unhinged comedy:
- [I]f they vote on it, the minute they cast that vote they put doo-doo on their shoe. A tattoo on their forehead. And they have to explain it to their children, at some point they have to explain to their children what they did to make America sick again.” – California Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Nolan Finley writing for The Detroit News explains how ridiculous these claims are:
Deductibles and co-pays are so high they’ve made insurance policies useless for much of the middle class. Money that]-ut only if they agree to tap into a $100 billion high-risk pool.
Democrats don’t want to own up to the utter failure of their own plan. Rather than discuss how dramatically higher premiums and unaffordable deductibles are akin to a very expensive form of uninsurance, Democrats are instead seeking to shift blame to Democrats. That’s expected. That’s politics. What’s beyond the pale is insisting that Republicans are actively seeking to kill people in order to save rich people a few bucks.
That’s not true. And it’s not an acceptable way to debate the policy choice that’s on the table. Republicans are actively seeking ways to make insurance work for more Americans, and to ask the government to step in where insurance very clearly doesn’t work. There are pluses and minuses to that approach. Let’s stop hiding behind fear-mongering hyperbole and discuss them.