When trying to convey to the Tea Party and uninformed Americans just how crazy their obstructionist efforts are one begins to feel like the hero in Brave New World. The hero is tortured and brainwashed until he finally concedes to his captors that they are holding up four fingers instead of three — exactly the way the Tea Party is attempting to con many members of the middle class by repeating lies and misinformation. Until they think it must be true — it isn’t.
One just becomes tired of shouting out the clear truth that Republicans are not interested in using the legislative process to work with Democrats to change or improve parts of the law — since by their own admission, the No. 1 priority is to defund or repeal Obamacare. And they have held symbolic votes 42 times to gain publicity — though they know defunding the law won’t happen.
On Obama’s part, the president has frequently indicated that he can, and will work with Republicans to change or add improvements to the bill through normal government process —but not as hostages to extortionist tactics. Republicans also know they have nothing better to replace the ACA with — even though private insurance costs were raising sky high before insurance companies were regulated under the bill. And, without an individual mandate there is absolutely no way that private companies can offer coverage that’s adequate, yet free of requirements to exclude pre-existing conditions, extended coverage and so many more benefits that the bill will bring.
The only value the GOP is adding to the worth of their ideology is to demonstrate they really can lie with the best of them to get what they want. They are pawns of insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists, and are not nobly interested in protecting average consumers — only those families who earn more than $250,000 per year will pay extra taxes, but will also be much more able to afford those taxes, in the first place.
It gets tiring trying to make this point over and over again while the GOP lies and misinforms over and over. I recommend Americans check out some of the many bogus Republican claims that are so misleading on sites like PolitiFact and FactCheck.org. They might be surprised by the truth.
Peter W. Johnson,