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GOP Reaffirms Commitment To Punishing Millions Of Newly Insured Americans

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The Republican Party is prepared to go down with the ship.

One of the main conversations of the 2008 election was healthcare reform.  The American people spoke when they chose President Obama over Senator McCain.  In 2012, with the Affordable Care Act being a central issue, the American public spoke again and decided to continue with President Obama and keep pushing towards health care reform.

Now, with more than 8 million people enrolled in private insurance plans through the ACA exchanges — and even more being helped through the Medicaid expansion — as well as direct sign-ups through insurance companies, the Republicans are panicking. Republicans were dealt another blow last week when the Congressional Budget Office released a report stating that the Affordable Care Act will cost even less than was previously projected, while also significantly reducing the number of uninsured Americans.

But instead of switching their position, and working to make the Affordable Care Act even better, Republicans are more determined than ever to harm the American people by repealing the law with no replacement.

Unfortunately, not everybody who could be receiving affordable healthcare is actually getting it. That’s because Republican governors and legislatures are refusing to accept federal funds for the Medicaid expansion. Despite being paid for 100% for the first 3 years, and no less than 90% thereafter, Republicans are still refusing to help their residents, many of whom are among those who are most in need of coverage — at a cost of billions of dollars to taxpayers in the state.

During a press conference on Thursday, President Obama said, “You have 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states, zero cost to these states, other than ideological reasons, they have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens.  That’s wrong. It should stop. Those folks should be able to get health insurance like everybody else.”

President Obama urged the Republican Party to “move on” and continue with more pressing problems facing our country — a reasonable proposal, given that the health care law is working as intended, and our nation is dealing with a lot of other issues that need attention.

Well, in response to the President’s suggestion that the GOP not continue on their failed quest to repeal the ACA, the Republican Party released a video opposing President Obama and taking his statements completely out of context.

In the video, the Republicans claim:

“Americans don’t think it’s time to move on.”   Some prominent Republicans personally promised to keep up the fight against Obamacare, with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) saying, “Republicans cannot and will not accept this law.”

Except Americans do think it’s time to move on — and we have the data to prove it. As I wrote about yesterday, recent studies show that almost two-thirds of Americans want to keep the law as it is or keep it and try to improve it. Only 11 percent of Americans want the law to be replaced with a Republican alternative, while 18 percent want to repeal the law without a replacement. Further, more than half of Americans say they are tired of the debate over health care and want the country to focus on other issues — which is exactly what President Obama is proposing to do, but unfortunately Republicans are not willing to move on. 

Also joining the GOP in recommitting to eliminate healthcare to millions of Americans is Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who apparently didn’t learn his lesson from his disastrous government shutdown.  He tweeted on Thursday:

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So the question is: are Republicans completely oblivious to public opinion… or do they just not care about it?

Watch the Republicans plan for kicking millions of newly insured Americans off their health care plans below:

 

 

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