For those who have waited with anticipation for the day when the Republican Party finally wakes up to realize that people all over the country, their party constituents among them, actually like health care, wait no more. That day has indeed come. However, the wait for a common sense reaction to this uncomfortable realization from that same GOP will probably occur long after those mythical traveling cows return to their pastures, if it occurs at all. They see the problem they've created in opposition to it, but as per usual, they have no plans to take responsibility for it. No sir:
On the one hand, Republicans in Congress are urging the Supreme Court to strike down subsidies for health insurance provided to millions of people in more than 30 states. On the other, they are chiding the Obama administration because it has no plan to avert the hardship that could occur if they win in court.
You see there? It's all President Obama's fault! Because isn't it always?
While the GOP struggles to pin yet another crisis they "predicted" and then helped to create on anyone but themselves, they don't get a pass on this one, and it's laughable that they're actually trying. The argument is beyond absurd even for them. They continue to cling to their constant belief that the American people are so stupid and will believe, even from, say, a hospital bed in a cancer ward, that a life saving treatment that won't cost them everything else in their life is the devil.
Not so fast.
People facing a life and death struggle possess a clarity that many Republicans have never faced, and they're blindly reaching out to grasp the third rail of political theatre: Tangible facts.
Let's review how the GOP have insulted the public's intelligence on the subject of the President's health care law so far and compare that to the newest argument they're presenting in the face of a Supreme Court decision that could make all their dreams of the end of the law come true.
From the very start "Obamacare" was evil incarnate. The Republicans told us that the idea of access to health care that didn't send us into bankruptcy would kill us somehow. The old standard of dying without health care was better then living by gaining affordable access to it because Obama.
Then there were the death panels, and while Conservatives may now want to purge Sarah Palin from their party and their memories, they own her and the horror fantasy she created. They loved the phrase "death panel" and they were all over it like John McCain on a proposed bombing mission.
And who can forget the famed "job killing" properties of the health care law? Never mind that medical care could save your life, access to it would instead somehow kill jobs in the health care industry, perhaps through some magical health care fairies that would take those jobs away just as immigrants are keeping all those Americans yearning to pick tomatoes on the unemployment line, along with their laziness and their never-ending quest to dial up that free stuff from their Obama phones.
And right up there with the death panels were the Holocaust comparisons. The death panel talk may have simmered down but the Hitler references live on. (Here are just two of the most recent examples.) It's just one of the more disgusting arguments made by Republicans that illustrates there is no low they won't sink to in their hate of President Obama and the country that would benefit from every policy he's put forth that they have blocked or attempted to, be it health care, jobs, safety nets or the right to vote.
The law was unconstitutional until the Supreme Court said it wasn't. Then the GOP demonized Justice and Conservative man crush John Roberts for begging to differ. Now that the typical time period for American ADD and amnesia has passed, some members of the GOP are saying it's unconstitutional again.
The GOP also got predictable aid in their scare tactics from the media, especially when PolitiFact pointed fingers at the President for telling the "lie of the year" when he said if you like your health care plan, you could keep it. As usual, this wasn't exactly a black and white issue, but unlike their other ratings, PolitiFact ignored their usual gray area "half true" or "mostly true" declarations, they called it a lie. Yes, some policies were cancelled, but that was because they offered junk plans in the first place, something the law was designed to fix all along. Many of those who had to switch plans got better ones in their place, and many saved a lot of money in the process. But never mind all that. The damage was done, and PolitiFact gave the GOP yet another bullhorn to sound the false alarm, and for their trouble, many are still misinformed on what the ACA does. Just ask them and they'll tell you they hate Obamacare but love the Affordable Care Act. The media says "you're welcome."
Pants On Fire.
When all else failed them, the so called financially conservative GOP resorted to spending billions of taxpayer dollars voting to repeal the ACA more than 50 times, the last vote only in the past week. Their promises to cry wolf repeal and replace has gone on for years, despite the fact that they've never once voiced how that "replacement" would work. Why is that? Well, because they have no replacement. They never planned to. They simply want to hand Americans health and well being back to the wolves in the health care industry that line their pockets when elections roll around. Never mind that many of those same health care companies are also reaping benefits of the law.
This brings us to the latest absurd claim the GOP has turned to now that the Supreme Court that George W. Bush hand picked to promote their ideology is poised to take away health care from the Americans that love what the law has given them: Life.
The same GOP that has been telling us that the ACA was a disaster for years are now saying that if the Supreme Court does precisely what they wanted all along by striking down subsidies for millions, that will create a disaster. The Republican dream come true of all but killing off the law that never created the disasters they predicted will cause "hardship" if conservative justices take it away, and the GOP is now "concerned" that the President has no plan to avert the hardship that could occur if they win in court.
Really? Let me repeat, REALLY? Are you kidding me? That's the new GOP talking point? That the President is now to blame for the disastrous end to the health care disaster that never happened in the first place, and he has no contingency plan for when it happens?
Earth to Republicans: The contingency plan to the health care problem in this country was "Obamacare." You fought it, you demonized it, you lied again and again and again about it, and now that all the horror that you predicted hasn't come to fruition, if the Supreme Court takes Obamacare away from Americans, that will be the disaster you're now concerned with? Yes, it will be a disaster if it happens, but if and when it does happen, the Republican Party owns the result. Not President Obama. Let's not forget that the GOP who wanted to "repeal and replace" Obamacare suddenly dropped the "replace" part of the equation long ago. If you're looking for a missing contingency plan, well, there you are.
People are living with health care they can afford, and they couldn't be happier about it. The grim reaper from the death panels and the second Holocaust never showed up on American's doorsteps. Not only was Obamacare not a job killer as promised, but it's creating them. People like their health care plans, including the ones who didn't get to "keep" the previously worthless and costly plans they had before the ACA determined that insurance had to actually cover health care for a change, and replaced them with better plans.
Everything that Americans have come to love about their health care coverage post ACA may now be taken away, and it's all thanks to the four-plus year long campaign by the GOP to do exactly that. For them to come along now and say the coming disaster the end of the law could bring is the President's fault is beyond absurd. If the ACA dies at the hands of the conservatives' beloved justices, the GOP owns it. Even a GOP constituent living under a preverbal rock recognizes this, and anyone who claims otherwise is being disingenuous.
No "death panel" was created as predicted by Obamacare, but if the Supreme Court, aided and abetted by the GOP, strikes it down now, well, ladies and gentlemen, there's your death panel right there. The GOP will get exactly what they wanted. They've spent years cementing that reality into voters brains, and like it or not, those voters will remember who's responsible when they're sick and once again can't afford to see a doctor.
And that will all happen just in time for the election in 2016.
Good luck, GOP.