Republicans have tried 40 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and some are still threatening to shut down the government in order to have it defunded. In the end, that’s only going to come back to hurt them — Americans are seeing the benefits already, and the 2014 elections will show the American people aren’t buying the GOP nonsense anymore. There are a number of Republicans in the Senate and in the House of Representatives that are going to face difficulty because of their opposition to Obamacare, because it’s working.
As I’ve previously reported, there is a list of 15 Republican senators that are willing to shut down the government in order to ensure the Affordable Care Act — passed, signed and found constitutional — is not enacted. Here’s more:
The continued effort to block the Affordable Care Act is currently being headed by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who managed to get 14 colleagues on board in the Senate to block funding. Here’s a list, courtesy of ThinkProgress:
Conservatives have also listed Sens. Alexander, Ayotte, Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Chambliss, Graham, Heller, Isakson, Johanns, McConnell, Moran, Roberts, Scott and Toome as targets to put pressure on to oppose the healthcare bill that was passed three years ago and was declared constitutional by the Supreme Court.
They’ve also resorted to outright lies in order to push an anti-Obamacare agenda. Take the right’s beloved Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), for example, who stated in a Fox News op-ed that, “75% of small businesses now say they are going to be forced to either fire workers or cut their hours,” which was rated “Pants-On-Fire” by the fact-checking organization Politifact.
Their lies and talking points sound good to a Tea Party and conservative base right now, but by the time the 2014 elections roll around, all of this is going to come back to hurt them badly in the polls. Why? Because despite widespread disapproval — some wanting it removed and more wanting it expanded — the Affordable Care Act is working, lowering costs, and benefiting the American people.
In New York, California and Oregon, three states which have already had costs and rates drop, thanks to early implementation or the expectation of new regulations. Young Progressive Voices reports on the ways the AFA is helping us out already:
President Obama’s health plan aims to lower insurance rates by creating a competitive insurance market through the exchange marketplace website. That’s exactly what happened in Oregon where FamilyCare Health Plans, Inc. discovered that its competitor, Moda Health Plan Inc., offers the same plan for a 40-year-old Oregonian but at a nearly 60 percent lower cost. An official from the company announced they are asking the state to lower their requested rates to be more competitive. Also, Providence Healthcare Plan have asked the state of Oregon to decrease their requested rate by 15 percent when the company realized that their projections for the plan costs were wrong.
Many Americans will see their rates go down, thats along with the 13 million american last year and 8.5 million this summer who were rebated from their insurance companies an average of a $100. The healthcare reform law require insurers to spend 80 percent of their customers money on medical care, and 20 percent on administrative costs like salaries. If a company exceeds the 20 percent limit, they are required to refund the difference to customers.
If you’re unaware of how the Affordable Care Act is designed to work, or are tired of all the propaganda being passed around by the conservative right, here’s a handy video that explains it quite nicely:
Some Republicans are already wising up and recognizing that it’s time to give up the fight on Obamacare, but for many, it’s too late. The House has wasted millions of dollars and an estimated 15 percent of House time on pointless attempts to defeat the healthcare legislation, and America will not forget in 2014.
Reposted from Occupy Democrats with permission.