Solidly Republican Town Enrolls More People in Obamacare Than Anywhere in the Country

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As Republicans work to kill Obamacare by killing the tax subsidies for people in states — almost all Republican-led or were at the time — that didn’t set up their own ACA exchanges, data shows that the town that signed up the most people for Obamacare is a “solidly Republican working-class town” in Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio’s “stomping grounds”.

Jennifer Haberkorn of Politico reported:

The unlikely epicenter of Obamacare lies in a solidly Republican working-class town just 10 miles outside of the Miami stomping grounds of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

The city of Hialeah — a Cuban-American neighborhood of Spanish speakers that is blanketed with Obamacare advertisements — enrolled more people under the Affordable Care Act than anywhere in the country.

The tax subsidies issue is before the Supreme Court in King V. Burwell, and a decision is expected this month. The challenge to Obamacare is being sponsored by The Competitive Enterprise Institute. They are a Libertarians who are huge climate change skeptics — in fact, the group’s Senior Fellow once penned a letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury after he said Christians had a duty to reduce greenhouse gasses, warning that reducing emissions even a tiny bit could kill lots of people.

The city of Hialeah voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and Marco Rubio in 2010, Haberkorn points out, further writing, “It’s a Republican stronghold in the more Democratic Miami-Dade County.”

And it’s not just this little town.

Only 13 states have their own exchanges. If the remaining states lose their subsidies, Republicans will be on the hook for taking insurance away from some 6.5 million people — ironically many of them Republicans.

If Republicans prevail with the Supreme Court challenge, Haberkorn reminds us of an Urban.Org study that pointed out the people at the most risk of losing subsidies are predominately Southern whites who make modest incomes. Your basic Republican voter.

There are only three red states with their own exchanges: Kentucky, Idaho, and Texas. Kentucky’s was set up by the Democratic governor, so it might not technically count as a “red” state in this scenario, whereas New Mexico has a Republican governor but they vote Democratic in presidential elections and they have a state exchange.

Under Obamacare, nearly 17 million have gotten insurance coverage since the fall of 2013.

Every single one of the predictions Republicans howled for years about Obamacare turned out to be untrue. People didn’t stop hiring, majority of people didn’t lose their insurance, it wasn’t all Medicaid, and private employers didn’t stop offering insurance (the opposite happened).

How will Republicans deal with the fallout and explain to their working class voters that they are taking away their insurance because they were sure Republicans would hate it? If history is any indication, Republicans will simply blame Obama for taking away tax subsidies, when in fact it is Republicans who are trying to kill the subsidies because they feel tax subsidies should go only to big oil and other big corporations who don’t want to pay taxes. They will give press conferences with earnest expressions of concern touting their as yet never proposed alternative.

Back when Republicans were issuing dire warnings that Obamacare would (literally, they claimed — remember “Death Panels”) kill people and everyone would hate it, I wrote that people would want their Obamacare when they got it. Here it is – a solidly Republican working class town has signed up the most people, in the state that houses two of the Republican 2016 front-runners.

The good news for Republicans is that Republican voters are kept in such a cult-like bubble that they might never realize why their subsidies are being taken from them, or even that they were signed up for Obamacare. Apparently Republicans believe that the only way they can keep voters is to keep them misinformed and ignorant.

22 Replies to “Solidly Republican Town Enrolls More People in Obamacare Than Anywhere in the Country”

  1. Have to protect the heard with preventive care. Thank you OBAMACARE!

    It is much better that “GOP-DONT-CARE” insurance group…

  2. I’m just curious to see how many of those Republicans on Obamacare still don’t want anyone else on Obamacare?

  3. The same ones who want to raise Social Security too get benefits at 72 seeing that blacks life ends before that.
    I got mines fuk everyone else

  4. I still remember Jonathan Gruber. Those state subsidies were written just the way he designed them to force each state to set up its own exchange. Quite the surprise when 36 states told him to stick it.
    But what’s done is done, Democrats. You wrote a sloppy bill, you own it. No sense yakking about it now, the Supreme Court will decide what it decides.

  5. STFU you know nothing about the health care bill. This suit shouldn’t even be heard because the people who brought it has no standing.

  6. The “sloppy bill” was the result of the Republicans throwing everything including the kitchen sink at it so that they could cry “WHY IS OBAMA GIVING AWAY KITCHEN SINKS?”

    We are not that stupid. You, on the other hand appear to be so.

  7. Yes, he’s brain dead. Just another Fox News Zombie trying to suck the brains out of everyone around him.

  8. I for one don’t think the Court will rule against the Administration. But if they do, and Democrats don’t drive Republicans to near extinction, then shame on them.

  9. I honestly don’t understand the “kitchen sink” comment, Republicans were against the bill, but they didn’t write it. Democrats wrote that 2000 page monstrosity and any kitchen sinks written into it were put there by Democrats.

  10. dj, I guess I am brain dead because I don’t understand how this article from 1971 has anything to do with Obamacare. I tried to read it, but I don’t get it. So yes, explain how this ties in with nationalized health care. Thank you.

  11. Damn I try to cut you some slack but you are an dumbass. What the Powel memo was saying that the powers have to take over everything to change dumbasses like you to vote against their interests.

  12. Republicans, since FDR, have always taken advantage of the programs that Democrats have fought for and won – from Social Security; 40 hour work week; child labor laws; Medicare, etc. and now Obamacare. And they have always been hypocrites as they decry each of these programs.

  13. How about the rethugs in congress, many of them are enrolled in Obamacare.

    I have seen on one website a figure of 10,000 deaths if people lose their health insurance.

  14. First, it’s NOT “2,000 pages” as you mendaciously claim, it’s “only” 906 pages, and it’s available here:

    http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ148/pdf/PLAW-111publ148.pdf

    Second, out of those 906 pages, you and other right-wingers want to hang your hats on the semantics of only FOUR LITTLE WORDS in order to DENY health insurance for MILLIONS and MILLIONS of Americans?

    Right … that’ll be a winning policy for Repubicans to run on.

    Good luck with THAT!

  15. Joan they have to enroll its the law. You liberals make it seem like we have a choice. Also they are still getting subsities when all that stops and the insurance rates go sky high they will all stop paying premiums then it will be so much for republicans buying the insurance they won’t! also being a country with about 350,000,000 10 million enrolled isn’t squat.

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