The Last of the Obamacare Very Very Scary Stories…
By Kelli Dunham, March 31, 2014.
At least for a minute.
And it’s here!
It’s the last day to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act and despite the really awe-inspiring efforts (and by efforts, I mean very loud whining) of the far right, and despite political maneuvering and despite many many totally random accusations about Obamacare, more people are insured than were insured before.
According to the LA Times “…the law…already has spurred the largest expansion in health coverage in America in half a century, national surveys and enrollment data show. As the law’s initial enrollment period closes, at least 9.5 million previously uninsured people have gained coverage. Some have done so through marketplaces created by the law, some through other private insurance and others through Medicaid, which has expanded under the law in about half the states.”
In a very sad last minute effort to accomplish only God knows what (Make people hate the Affordable Care Act? Keep people from signing up? Make Obama look bad? Make Idina Menzel feel ashamed of her Oscar performance?) the far right is dragging out the Obamacare horror stories.
For example, the far right Americans for Prosperity (and by Americans for Prosperity they mean Americans for Prosperity Who Already Have Prosperity) aka the Koch Brothers have spent an unprecedented amount of money on attack ads that couldn’t pass even the most basic fact checks. In other words, they have paid billion of dollars to propagate straight up lies.
The idea, apparently, is to make Obamacare the wedge issue in all the upcoming legislative elections. According to Bloomberg.com “More than 66,000 ads in U.S. House and Senate races aired through March 9, more than triple what candidates and allied groups aired during a comparable period four years ago.” The vast majority of these ads were anti-Obama, and most of these were anti Affordable Care Act.
And many of them–most of the most notable ones in fact– have been debunked.
The strange thing about these not even truthy ads is that, as the LA Times points out, there are plenty of instances of people losing coverage or needing to pay more for it. The law is not perfect and the roll-out has been rough.
But the far right isn’t satisfied with making sure those stories come to light. Ever afraid of nuance, they insist on making up their own stories for their own ends.
Which only makes their motivation more obvious. it’s not about opposing Obamacare. It’s about destroying Obama.