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Warning: This is a political post. You may not be interested in politics, but your life may depend on the following words.
Around the country, Republicans are on the campaign trail. And a lot of them are, bizarrely for Republicans, defending Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Even Trump is stating, vigorously, that he supports pre-existing conditions being protected.
They are all lying.
The White House legal team has filed a lawsuit in Federal court to strip pre-existing conditions. This is active as I write these words.
And here is this summation by electoral-vote.com:
A number of Republican candidates have got the word that a lot of voters don’t care so much about tax cuts, immigration, or other Republican talking points. They care about health care and they don’t like what the GOP has to say on the subject. So they are switching platforms and starting to spout Democratic talking points and say how much they care about health care, especially preserving the rights of people with pre-existing conditions to get affordable health care.
For example, in Missouri, Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) once filed a lawsuit claiming that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional. Now he is running an ad announcing that one of his young sons has a rare chronic disease and how important he thinks it is for insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions. Clearly, this is a time for prayer: He is praying that the voters have forgotten that he has long opposed his current position. Needless to say, his opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is reminding them of it.
Now to Pennsylvania, where Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) is trying the same stunt. He put up an emotional ad in which he talks about his young grandson who has cancer. He now feels that people with pre-existing conditions need to be protected. The ad doesn’t bother to mention the dozens of times he voted in the House to repeal the ACA.
In Wisconsin, long-time opponent of the ACA Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) put up a video telling viewers that his wife has diabetes, his mother is a breast cancer survivor, and his brother has a heart condition. Videos can’t be too long or viewers get bored, so he didn’t have time in the film to mention that Wisconsin is suing to overturn the ACA.
Now Arizona. In this week’s debate between Reps. Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSally (R), Sinema accused McSally of fighting to overturn the ACA. McSally angrily called that a lie. In the heat of the campaign, she must have forgotten her impassioned call last May to repeal the ACA, just before one of the numerous votes in the House in which she supported repeal.
The list goes on and on. The Republicans are hoping that Democratic voters will have long forgotten their past hatred for the ACA (and in many cases their votes or lawsuits). In a vacuum, that might just work. However, in a campaign, their opponents often have video footage that contradicts their new-found interest in Obamacare.
[I love electoral-vote.com com, and read it every morning. It offers a nice summation of the previous days political events. And it does so brilliantly.]
The GOP Congress tried an astonishing SEVENTY times to repeal the ACA during the Obama presidency. But, even though they now fully control all three branches of government, they failed again in 2017.
During his election campaign, Trump stated hundreds of times that he would repeal the ACA and replace it with something “better”. The crowds cheered and cheered.
But Trump didn’t repeal the ACA. And he hasn’t come up with anything better.
And any Republican that is now telling you that they love the ACA and absolutely believe in protecting pre-existing conditions?
They are lying to you.
This week, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell stated that if the GOP retains the Senate, they will make another push to repeal the ACA. And you can bet that every Republican member of the Senate will vote lock-step to support this 71st attempt, no matter their words today on the campaign trail.
And why are Republicans lying to the America people so blatantly? Because they are watching the numbers, which show overwhelming support for the ACA, and its pre-existing conditions protection. So, they will lie to you today to get your vote. Then fuck you over a few months down the road.
In the 1930s, the Democratic party created Social Security. The Republicans fought this. Furiously.
in 1965, the Democratic party created Medicare and Medicaid. The Republicans fought this. Furiously.
In the 1990s, First Lady Hillary Clinton fought a courageous battle to assure that all Americans had affordable health care. The Republicans fought her every step of the way and the effort failed. Bruised, Hillary nonetheless dusted herself off and then successfully created a program of affordable health care for eight million children.
In 2018, also just last week, Mitch McConnell stated that the astronomical increase in the national deficit was caused by Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
This is a lie.
The stunning increase in the national deficit (now at $898 billion, up $224 billion from a year ago) was caused by the massive 2017 tax cut the Republicans gave to corporations and the very very very rich. And they all said this would not increase the deficit.
They all lied.
The federal deficit will soon be out-of-control. And McConnell’s plan to bring the deficit down? Destroy Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. That is why he is publicly blaming these programs for the ballooning deficit.
Which is a lie.
It is obvious: The Democratic party, by their own actions and votes spanning nine decades, cares about every American having affordable health care, and money for their retirement. The Republican party, by its own actions and votes spanning nine decades, does not want affordable health care for all Americans, and is still trying to kill Social Security.
In less than three weeks you have an opportunity to vote.
I will be voting for the party which wants to help me.