Busting Republicans’ ACA Attack BracketsMarch 22, 2014
As enrollment in the healthcare exchanges surges past 5 million, Republicans are continuing their desperate attempts to sabotage the law. Here’s how to rebut the most common current attacks and spread the word about the law’s benefits.
ATTACKS AND RESPONSES
ATTACK: “Employers will layoff full-time workers in order to avoid the Affordable Care Act’s requirements.“
- This just isn’t how it’s playing out. Private sector employers have created over two million full-time jobs since the Affordable Care Act passed.
- And because the Affordable Care Act gives people the freedom to leave their jobs without losing coverage, people who used to be stuck doing jobs they don’t want can now start new businesses, spend more time with grandchildren, or pursue their passions.
- The only sector to significantly cut employee hours is the public sector – and it seems strange to hear Obamacare detractors complain about reducing the size of government.
2.5 million people have better choices: they can leave their jobs without losing their coverage to pursue their passions, spend time with their families, start businesses, or find better jobs.
ATTACK: “Millions of Americans have lost their insurance coverage because of Obamacare.”
- Insurance executives can and do still choose to cancel people’s plans. President Obama would have liked to stop them, but Republicans would not allow any tougher law to pass.
- The best President Obama can do is exactly what he’s doing: offering everyone new, affordable, quality health plans through the Affordable Care Act.
- And it’s working. At least 5 million people have signed up on the exchanges. Altogether so far,13 million Americans have gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act–including the exchanges, Medicaid, and young people kept on their parents’ plans.
Cancellations were common before the health care law: Before the Affordable Care Act, only 17% of people in the individual market kept their insurance coverage for more than two years.
ATTACK: “The President’s Funny or Die and March Madness efforts to promote the Affordable Care Act are beneath the Office and desperate.”
- Thankfully, our President has a sense of humor. He made a funny video to boost enrollment in federal health exchanges and it worked.
- Why shouldn’t the President make the case to Americans for his signature legislative achievement? That’s his job.
- And why shouldn’t he go to the places where he can find the people he needs to reach? In this case, that’s the young people Obamacare opponents are trying to convince not to sign up with creepy Uncle Sam ads and keg parties.
- And the President’s efforts are working: There were nearly 900,000 visits to healthcare.gov the day after the Funny or Die video, up 40% from the previous day, and FunnyorDie.com was the top source of referrals to healthcare.gov the day after the video.
- Other Presidents have shown their funny sides: George W. Bush visited the Tonight Show; George H.W. Bush let Dana Carvey do impressions of him at the White House; and Nixon appeared on Laugh-In. Republicans found those acts funny. Do we have to have a double standard on everything in our politics?
The uninsured rate has dropped 12% in recent months and it’s on track to be the lowest it has been since 2008.
ATTACK: “The Affordable Care Act will make tax time really confusing for Americans.”
- Are we talking about tax reform or about helping people stay healthy and avoid bankruptcy from unexpected health occurrences?
- When Republicans keep people from getting health care, we all pay higher premiums, and people left uninsured have to pay a fee to help cover the cost of their care if they get sick. That’s what Republicans are calling a tax. Thanks to Republicans scaring people away from the law, more people will be paying that fee.
- But most Americans save money with Obamacare because fewer uninsured people means everyone’s premiums go down. More than 17 million Americans get a tax credit too.
Americans are already seeing the financial benefits of the Affordable Care Act: personal income from Medicaid expansion amounted to $19.2 billion in January alone.
ATTACK: “The Affordable Care Act is unpopular. We need to repeal it.“
- Actually, most Americans think the law is an improvement over the old system where insurance companies called all the shots.
- It’s true that most Americans agree it’s not perfect — but that includes both people who don’t like anything Obama likes and liberals who think Obamacare doesn’t go far enough – but at least it’s a start.
- That’s why 4 out of 5 Americans say they want the law to work, and the individual parts of the law are also hugely popular.
2 out of 3 Americans want to keep the law as is or only make small changes.