After the Supreme Court ruled against them on the ACA, Republicans have retreated from reality and launch an assault of lies on Obamacare.
Speaker of the House John Boehner said, “The president’s health care law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire. Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety. What Americans want is a common-sense, step-by-step approach to health care reform that will protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost. Republicans stand ready to work with a president who will listen to the people and will not repeat the mistakes that gave our country ObamaCare.”
Rep. Eric Cantor said, “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold ObamaCare is a crushing blow to patients throughout the country. ObamaCare has failed to keep the President’s basic promise of allowing those who like their health care to keep it, while increasing costs and reducing access to quality care for patients. In this tough economy, jobs and economic growth are on the minds of most Americans, but ObamaCare has increased uncertainty for small businessmen and women and forced them to put their hiring decisions on hold.”
We have written repeatedly here at Politicus that the economic data proves that Obamacare creates jobs. It doesn’t kill them. Eric Cantor also tapped in to one of the big right wing lies about the ACA. Cantor’s claim that Obamacare takes away healthcare and replaces it with government healthcare was foolish. The truth is that the ACA takes healthcare decisions out of the hands of insurance companies and returns them to doctors and patients.
It is almost impossible to believe that Republicans are still floating the widely debunked idea that Obamacare increases healthcare costs, but there it is in Cantor’s statement.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised to repeal the bill, even though his party doesn’t control the Senate and is eleven votes short of the total needed for repeal, “The American people weren’t waiting on the Supreme Court to tell them whether they supported this law. That question was settled two and a half years ago. The more the American people have learned about this law, the less they’ve liked it. So now that the court has ruled, it’s time to move beyond the constitutional debate and focus on the primary reason this law should be fully repealed and replaced: because of the colossal damage it has already done to the health care system, to the economy, and to the job market. The Democrat health care law has made things worse; Americans want it repealed; and that’s precisely what we intend to do. Americans want us to start over. And today’s decision does nothing to change that. The court’s ruling doesn’t mark the end of a debate. It marks a fresh start on the road to repeal. That’s been our goal from the start. That’s our goal now. And we plan to achieve it.”
The Republican line of attack as typified by these three responses from the party leadership is to a). Lie about Obamacare and b). Lie about the prospects of repealing Obamacare. The pathetic Republican strategy is to revive the lies about the ACA that they used in 2010, and hope that the American people don’t realize that none of the things they claim that Obamacare will do has actually happened.
When mentally weak Republicans face defeat, they return to their fantasy world of lies and half-truths. Since the Supreme Court has upheld the real Obamacare, they have created a pretend one to run against. The problem is that this isn’t 2010. Democrats are coming to vote in 2012, and what the Republicans are going to be selling, most voters won’t be buying.