Heath care claims are disingenuous

To the editor:

House Republicans have a new weapon to wield against Obamacare: irony.

In a rare populist appeal, they are accusing President Obama of “protecting business and big corporations” at the expense of the little guy. Boehner called the administration’s decision to delay the imposition of health care penalties on large employers who don’t comply with elements of the affordable health care act: “outrageous.” He claimed that giving big businesses a break under Obamacare will punish small businesses and families. Boehner pledged to have another vote to repeal Obamacare. That’d make a total of 38 failed attempts.

The “Americans for Prosperity” 501(c)(3) “charity” is running a $1 million negative TV ad which falsely claims that Obamacare will not allow patients to pick their own doctors and it will create higher health care premiums.

Senate Republicans Mitch McConnell and John Cornyn have also tried to stop the Obama administration from telling the truth about the law by cutting off money for publicity by warning sports teams not to join any explanatory ads.

Why the disingenuous populist appeal, the outrageous lies, and the suppression of information? It all boils down to power. The Republicans used Obamacare to their advantage during the 2010 campaign season by lying about it. Do you remember “death panels,” the 2009 lie of the year? They want to do it again in 2014. The affordable care act is the law of the land, and it’s constitutionality has been confirmed by the US Supreme Court.

Obamacare will not be repealed, any more than Medicare or Social Security. Get over it GOP. Start using your legislative resources to help our alleged democracy solve actual problems like global warming, jobs, failing infrastructure, immigration reform, etc. There are so many actual problems to solve it’s hard to know where to start.

John Zavgren


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