Obamacare’s insurance exchanges debuted. And, predictably, like congressional Republicans, Obamacare’s opponents are exploiting every glitch, willing to say or do anything to make the law look bad and a failure.
Early on, the Republicans declared Obamacare unconstitutional, despite the fact that the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality.
House Republicans then tried 41 times to repeal the law.
In their latest attempt, House Republicans tied proposed legislation to fund government with defunding Obamacare, in essence making it their 42nd attempt to repeal the law. By shutting down government and threatening to default on paying America’s bills, House Republicans have willingly violated their oath of office to discharge faithfully the duties of their office, despite the fact that approving such funds is one of their most fundamental obligations.
To then avoid a shutdown, House Republicans tied legislation to fund government with delaying Obamacare for a year. Their claimed reasoning: a year’s delay will provide Obama time to fix the glitches so many have experienced in signing up for Obamacare.
Adding to the dissension, there are opponents who blindly believe the misinformation, misrepresentations, and hyperbole posited about Obamacare as factual. Others are willing to propagate lies about Obamacare.
Here are three examples:
In August there was a claim that an “Obamacare provision will allow ”forced home inspections” by government agents.
Recently Shane Jansen, a Facebook (FB) subscriber, posted a complaint against Obamacare because his insurance plan now changed in favor of one that met Obamacare’s requirements. He was ignorant of the fact that this would happen if his current coverage did not provide for adequate insurance coverage under Obamacare. His post received 93,000 shares.
Another FB subscriber, Will Sheehan, claims that when he declined to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare exchange he received an email stating that his fine was $4,037. He received a warning that his driver’s license would be suspended until paid, and if not paid, the IRS would place a tax lien on his home. Sheehan’s story went viral but rated “Pants on fire” by PolitiFact’s “Truth-O-Meter.”
Obamacare, like Romneycare in Massachusetts, will experience many hurtles throughout its implementation. But in the end, like Romneycare, Americans will find satisfaction with Obamacare. What we do not need is to have liars and naive Americans putting unnecessary obstacles in its way. What we do need is to find ways to improve the law as we gain more experience with it. Scare tactics, misrepresentations, and misinformation by congressional Republicans and the anti-Obamacare crowd, who hate Obama so much they will do anything to make him and his efforts look ridiculous, disingenuous, or fraudulent, does nothing more than create distrust, and suggests to others that Americans may not be what they claim to be.