Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Fools of April: Obamacare Success Makes GOP Heads Explode

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President Obama took a victory lap today on the success of Obamacare/ACA enrollment, and why not? It's the crowning achievement of his Presidency, and he has faced down critics from both Right and Left, but mostly Right, as well as a critical media for YEARS now. But the Tea Party and their minions on Fox News and elsewhere won't ever admit defeat. They merely come up with new talking points and go on a rampage of taunts and accusations - they have become the "Obamacare Truthers" just as they were the "IRS Truthers" and the "Benghazi Truthers" before that. Anything accomplished by President Obama has to be debunked as a fake feckless false flag.

Will history remember the names of Obamacare's detractors? Not in a good way, as the President says in the transcript below.

Transcript Excerpt: Remarks by the President on the Affordable Care Act
Rose Garden of the White House
April 1, 2014

THE PRESIDENT: . . . Six months ago today, a big part of the Affordable Care Act kicked in as and state insurance marketplaces went live. And millions of Americans finally had the same chance to buy quality, affordable health care -- and the peace of mind that comes with it -- as everybody else.

Last night, the first open-enrollment period under this law came to an end. And despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these marketplaces -- 7.1. (Applause.)

. . . And, yes, at times this reform has been contentious and confusing and obviously it's had a share of critics. That's part of what change looks like in a democracy. change is hard. Fixing what is broken is hard, overcoming skepticism and fear of something new is hard.

A lot of times folks would prefer the devil they know to the devil they don't, but this law is doing what it is supposed to do. it's working. It's helping people from coast-to-coast. All of which makes the lengths to which people have gone to scare people or undermine the law without offering any plausible understandable makes it hard to understand.

I've got to admit it, I don't get it. why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance? Why are they so mad about the idea of folks having health insurance?

Many of the tall tales have been debunked, there are still no death panels, Armageddon has not arrived. Instead, this law is helping millions of Americans and it will help many more. I said before I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. but the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.

. . . In the end, history is not kind to those who would deny Americans their basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America's progress or our people. that's what the Affordable Care Act represents


Transcript of Fox and Friends via Raw Story, April 1, 2014
Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas: . . . At this point you can't fiddle around the edges. It is the essence of pragmatism to recognize this thing isn't working. Let's start over. Let's repeal every word of it.
Host Steve Doocy: You know, you’re kind of in a minority when it comes to that. You look at the polling, Senator, and a lot of Americans like parts of it, would like to see parts of it continue. So, to blow the whole thing up, I don’t know if people are behind that.


I think they're cooking the books on this.
~ Senator John Barasso, R-Wyoming

This is a phony number, and it’s wonderfully precise. These guys go six months without any idea what the numbers are, and all of a sudden, it’s to a decimal point. But of course it’s meaningless because…we don’t know how many of them have paid…and how many were previously uninsured.
~ Charles Krauthammer on Fox News

It is an all-out Regime and media swarm on Obamacare. We are being pummeled. We are being beat upside the head. We're being beat on top of the head. They're hitting above the belt and below the belt. They're creaming us out there. 'Cause guess what? They hit their seven million. Overnight they got something like five million people to sign up. They got their seven million. The media's so excited.
. . . To you and me, these numbers are obviously not believable. They're obviously cooked. There's no question. But to the low-information crowd that believes that anything coming from government is gospel, the real numbers are now the subject of Obama's version of "don't ask, don't tell." We're not supposed to ask and we're not supposed to tell. The numbers are what they are and we're supposed to live with it.
~ Rush Limbaugh Transcript, April 1, 2014

Graphic from Rush Limbaugh Website:
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