Desperate Republicans Asked For Obamacare Horror Stories. It Quickly Backfired
After weeks of negotiations and a previous failed attempts, Republicans are facing yet another defeat in their effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
But why do Republicans hate Obamacare so much? You can answer this by talking about what’s actually in the signature healthcare law: One of the main ways the ACA makes health insurance affordable is by providing families earning less than 400 percent of the poverty line (i.e., less than $85,000 for a family of three or less than $47,550 for a single person) with tax credits to defray the cost of purchasing insurance. Giving people money helps make things more affordable.
President Obama and congressional Democrats covered those subsidies by raising taxes on the top one percent of affluent Americans.
Republicans do not like this idea. In fact, they dislike the idea of raising taxes on the wealthy so much that back in 2011, they pushed the country to the brink of defaulting on the national debt rather than agree to rescind George W. Bush’s high-end tax cuts. In December 2012, they tried to insist that they wouldn’t let Obama extend the portion of the Bush tax cuts that everyone (including rich people) got unless he also extended the tax cuts that only rich people got.
But the Republican gimmick has now been exposed, and they are getting desperate.
In an attempt to gain support for their sham healthcare bill, the Republican Party of Indiana — home state to Vice President Mike Pence — put out a Facebook call on Sunday, asking people to share a personal “Obamacare horror story,” and they got thousands of responses. But not in the way they were hoping for.
Nearly 6,000 people responded to the GOP post with personal stories in the first 29 hours online, and after scrolling through several hundred, I have yet to find a single negative story.
Instead, people shared moving stories about the profoundly positive impact the Affordable Care Act has had on their lives. Some wrote about the lifesaving care they or a family member received thanks to President Obama’s landmark legislation, while others told tales of economic freedom or a burden that had been lifted thanks to protections for people living with pre-existing conditions.
Below are some examples of the stories that were shared, and it’s worth scrolling through more if you have time. This spontaneous outpouring shows the positive and transformative impact government can have when we elect leaders who are truly committed to the people they serve, and it is a powerful reminder of what’s at stake as Republicans work to take it all away.
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