aside What Was Obamacare Outrage All About In The First Place?

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That’s a good question. What was all the outrage against Obamacare in the first place? Why did several republican-led state legislators refuse to expand Medicaid as part of the Obamacare program (insurance for the poor and/ or those with major mental and physical disabilities/ and about 70% of the elderly in nursing homes)  in their states to the detriment of their constituents.

The sad truth is that the outrage was based on a lot of fake news and because it had the name of you know who, President Barack Obama; paid for by a lot of right wing organizations like Freedom Works.

President Obama Signs the Health Care Bill
Photographs by Brooks Kraft for TIME
President Obama Signs the Health Care Bill
Photographs by Brooks Kraft for TIME

Here’s the rest of the story…

On August 4, 2017, Paul Krugman for the New York Times penned the following opinion piece, “Obamacare Rage in Retrospect.”

Excerpts:

“So once again: What was Obamacare rage about?”

“The reality, of course, is that people with pre-existing medical conditions are among the A.C.A.’s biggest beneficiaries, and would have had the most to lose if conservative Republicans had managed to repeal the law. And this should have been obvious from the beginning.”

“it’s now clear (as should also have been clear from the beginning) that very few people other than wealthy taxpayers were hurt by health reform, which was designed to disrupt existing health arrangements as little as possible.”

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“Yes, around 2.6 million people who had individual policies with high deductibles and/or limited coverage were told that their policies were too skimpy to meet A.C.A. requirements. But they were offered the chance to buy better policies, and many of them probably received subsidies that made these better policies cheaper than their original coverage. Meanwhile, some young, healthy, affluent people saw their premiums rise. But predictions of mass harm were completely wrong.”

“Or if you regard statistical evidence as “fake news,” consider what happens every time Republicans call on the public to come forward with horror stories about how they’ve been hurt by Obamacare: The result keeps being an outpouring of support for the law, bolstered by tales of lives and finances saved by the A.C.A.”

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“Much of it was orchestrated by pressure groups like Freedom Works, and it’s a good guess that some of the “ordinary citizens” who appeared at town halls were actually right-wing activists. Still, there was plenty of genuine popular rage, stoked by misinformation and outright lies from the usual suspects: Fox News, talk radio and so on. For example, around 40 percent of the public believed that Obamacare would create “death panels” depriving senior citizens of care.”

“The question then becomes why so many people believed these lies. The answer, I believe, comes down to a combination of identity politics and affinity fraud.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF DISABLED PROTESTERS BEING CARRIED OUT OF US CAPITAL“Whenever I see someone castigating liberals for engaging in identity politics, I wonder what such people imagine the right has been doing all these years. For generations, conservatives have conditioned many Americans to believe that safety-net programs are all about taking things away from white people and giving stuff to minorities.”

“And those who stoked Obamacare rage were believed because they seemed to some Americans like their kind of people — that is, white people defending them against you-know-who.”

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“So what’s the moral of this story? There’s bad news and good news.”

“It’s certainly not encouraging to realize how easily many Americans were duped by right-wing lies, pushed into screaming rage against a reform that would actually improve their lives.”

“On the other hand, the truth did eventually prevail, and Republicans’ inability to handle that truth is turning into a real political liability. And in the meantime, Obamacare has made America a better place.”

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      • Hi Gronda,
        In short: Matthew 25:35-40English Standard Version (ESV)

        35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

  1. Gronda, the ACA is imperfect and needs some shoring up, but it is working pretty well and is not in a death spiral. All major laws need to be reviewed and improved. Yet, this law has been sabatoged to hold it back. That is unfortunate as people are impacted by these actions.

    I hope the bipartisan efforts yield changes to shore it up. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      It will get done if the house leaders allow for a vote on their final work product.Leadership is still stuck in entrenched politics. Frankly leadership ought to practice working across the divide because republicans will need democratic lawmakers’ votes to pass anything of substance on their dream tax cut bill..

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear Gradmama2011,

      That’s the rub. No matter what the republicans did to kill Obamacare, and the did try their best, it has survived because there is a major need for that.darn Obamacare.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Well, at least Obamacare is a plan, with a lot of flaws, but a plan, even if it is working erratically. The Rs tend to be scared to death of Trump and even fear their own base. Speaking of which, those interesting types seated behind Trump at the rallies scare me…not a brain among them…what would happen if one of these rallies were turned into raging mob? Attack of the Zombietrumps….

      • There is no way these trumpites would be swayed by reason. Many are so far brainwashed they won’t ever admit to being wrong… One of my own offsprings will not discuss anything to do with Trump, and she Is not a logical adherent, 60-ish, highly educated, and opinionated.

        Actually although I am anti-Trump, it is still remotely possible for me to change my thinking… unlikely, but possible. 🙂 I don’t think of it as being wishy-washy, but as flexible.

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