President Obama Drops The Reality Hammer On Republicans After Supreme Court Victory

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President Obama celebrated today’s Supreme Court ruling in favor of ACA subsidies by giving Republicans a dose of the straight truth about Obamacare.

Obama took a victory lap by talking about the success of the law and called today a victory for hard working Americans across the country.

Video:

https://youtu.be/suXWgR1Vi1g

The President then hammered Republicans with a dose of reality.

The President said:

And when it comes to preexisting conditions — someday, our grandkids will ask us if there was really a time when America discriminated against people who get sick. Because that is something this law has ended for good. That affects everybody with health insurance — not just folks who got insurance through the Affordable Care Act. All of America has protections it didn’t have before.

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Meanwhile, the law has helped hold the price of health care to its slowest growth in 50 years. If your family gets insurance through your job — so you’re not using the Affordable Care Act — you’re still paying about $1,800 less per year on average than you would be if we hadn’t done anything. By one leading measure, what business owners pay out in wages and salaries is now finally growing faster than what they spend on health insurance. That hasn’t happened in 17 years — and that’s good for workers and it’s good for the economy.

The point is, this is not an abstract thing anymore. This is not a set of political talking points. This is reality. We can see how it is working. This law is working exactly as it’s supposed to. In many ways, this law is working better than we expected it to. For all the misinformation campaigns, all the doomsday predictions, all the talk of death panels and job destruction, for all the repeal attempts — this law is now helping tens of millions of Americans.

Five years in, this is no longer about a law. This is not about the Affordable Care Act as legislation, or Obamacare as a political football. This is health care in America.

And unlike Social Security or Medicare, a lot of Americans still don’t know what Obamacare is beyond all the political noise in Washington. Across the country, there remain people who are directly benefitting from the law but don’t even know it. And that’s okay. There’s no card that says “Obamacare” when you enroll. But that’s by design, for this has never been a government takeover of health care, despite cries to the contrary. This reform remains what it’s always been: a set of fairer rules and tougher protections that have made health care in America more affordable, more attainable, and more about you — the consumer, the American people. It’s working.

As the Republican Party has a collective mental breakdown over the fact that people have access to affordable healthcare, the rest of the country is with Obama. What the President did today was give Republicans the lay of the land. Not the land that Fox News has fooled them into believing is real, but the true post-ACA American landscape.

The reality is that only the Republican Party supports repeal, and when Republicans were confronted with the possibility of having to come up with a replacement for the subsidies, they fell apart.

The American people are never going to support any Republican plan to take away their access to affordable health care. Republicans lost, and the ACA is here to stay.

23 Replies to “President Obama Drops The Reality Hammer On Republicans After Supreme Court Victory”

  1. You could drop a “reality wrecking ball” on the Rs … wouldn’t make a lick of difference. They’ll still push repeal, repeal, repeal.

  2. Again…the Republicans are in the record books as being on the “wrong Side of History”. OBAMACARE/ACA stays and they can’t f*ck with it anymore. They lost. Americans won. Obamacare will take it’s place with Social Security (Repubs opposed), Medicare/Medicaid (Repubs opposed). And other safety nets implemented by the Democrats.

    No thanks to Republicans a Healthier outlook for 99% of Americans has been set in stone.

    WHAT are those Obamacare deniers have to say now? They certainly will have to put their heads between their legs and slink outta the room…backing up. Then Answer to their constituents, who no doubt themselves are benefitting, WHY were they so against this OBAMACARE thingy? ;) Hypocrites.

  3. Liberals does it make you feel good and proud to know you elected people to congress that are not smart enough to write a law? They need to go back to school to learn to write what they meant instead of expecting people to know what they intended. Remember the demwits wrote this law behind closed doors and just like this trade bill we will find out what’s in it after it is pasted.

  4. Oh boy! sounds like someone didn’t get their tapioca pudding today at the Sunshine Home, today, listen @alton, if you’re really truly disguised with law makers then YOU should be really upset with YOUR band of GOP cluster FU@KS! just remember this @alton, if YOUR party was in charge we’d ALL be eating pudding for breakfast lunch and dinner!

  5. Roberts and Kennedy were smart enough to figure it out. This stupidity should have never gone before the court in the first place. In case your confused, they’re two of the conservatives on the bench. Explaining your stupidity to you is tiresome. Go take another Fox news enema.

  6. “All of America has protections it didn’t have before.”

    Well, not everyone. Please do not forget all those red states with dickish governors who refuse the Medicaid expansion. People are dying as a result and they couldn’t care less. In fact, heinous as it sounds, I suspect they probably welcome less ‘poor folks’ around.

  7. Once in awhile Justice Roberts shows common decency and humanity. To take away the subsidies over a few words taken the wrong way is cruel to poor people who need healthcare.

    Republicans are vindictive and jealous of President Obama. Roberts has been irrational when it comes to anything Obama. His conscience got the better of him this one time.

    Now Bill Kristol talks about repealing it..again. It never ends with these putrid, black souls.

  8. I think I’ll take your remark about only finding out what is in the ACA after it had been “pasted” into consideration as I read your feverish rantings about the ability of Congresspeople to write correctly. Bwa-haaahaaahaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa! Be sure to wipe that spittle out of the corner of your mouth before you head to your local liquor store to drown your sorrows in something manly and wrapped in a brown paper bag. Thanks for the laughs!

  9. You smell that?

    You smell that?

    I love the smell of Republicans tears in the morning.

    Smells like… victory.

    Some day this war’s gonna end.

  10. The fact Rep’s are the majority in Congress & in states is depressing. Since midterms it’s been hard to accept. I try to ignore the garbage they spew. Obama is a decent man with no “Duggar” type scandals. They hate him for it. So they just make shit up about him & it pisses me off.

  11. When I saw the vote was 6-3, I thought to myself, “Okay, Thomas, Scalia, and….who else?” I forgot about Alito. Those other two are pretty reliable when it comes to being on the wrong side of an issue, any issue.

  12. When the GOP/TPers told lie upon lie about the ACA, they had no idea that they were painting themselves into a tight corner. The tools started panicking big time when they thought the SC would end the subsidies, yet, their diehard supporters still believed they’d present a viable alternative to the ACA. I’ve known for a few years now that they don’t have one. Just about all that’s left in their quiver now is to repeal and replace it, something they’ve already voted over 50 times to do. The truth is, they got nuttin’, and they know it. Although they may be gloomy today, I’m in a downright celebratory mood. I think I’ll go to the nearest package store and buy some nice wine to consume with my dinner.

  13. There are 381,517 words in PPACA, and you want to use four words – taken entirely out of context – as a cudgel to deny over 6 MILLION Americans access to healthcare?

    Why, you clearly must be a pro-wealthy, anti-Middle America Rethuglican.

    YOU LOSE!

    (And I, like millions of other fair-minded Americans, just love, Love, LOVE “Pure Applesauce”. So tell Antonin to go huck fimself!)

  14. I actually agree with their conclusion (even as I hate their reasoning). The government should not be in the marriage business. People should be able to have the same Social Security benefits to whomever we please – without needing any type of sexual relationship.

    Now, there would be a template for legal partnerships which people can use in conjunction with their marriages. But the state already enforces implied partnerships with palimony and child support.

    The biggest problem is the one we already have – that is when people have multiple living serial spouses (the Religious Right illogically doesn’t believes doesn’t attack “traditional” marriages nearly as much as gay marriage does).

  15. “The point is, this is not an abstract thing anymore. This is not a set of political talking points. This is reality. We can see how it is working. This law is working exactly as it’s supposed to. In many ways, this law is working better than we expected it to. For all the misinformation campaigns, all the doomsday predictions, all the talk of death panels and job destruction, for all the repeal attempts — this law is now helping tens of millions of Americans.”

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