The President is sick of the Republicans treating American lives as pawns in their twisted little political games and he’s letting them know in no uncertain terms.
“There’s something, I have to say, just deeply cynical about the ceaseless, endless, partisan attempts to roll back progress,” President Obama said, calling out obstructionist Republicans, who are still trying to dismantle Obamacare. He spoke at the Catholic Health Association’s annual conference held on June 9. His show of faith in the American Care Act demonstrates how he is willing to fight for the law as the Supreme Court decides King v. Burwelll – whether or not to overturn one of Obamacare’s key components. The issue in King v. Burwell is whether individuals in states that opted not to build their own exchanges are eligible for health insurance subsidies. The ACA allows states to set up their own health insurance exchange or participate in the federally run exchange. The plaintiffs (King) argue that, because the legislation refers to those enrolled “through an Exchange established by the State,” individuals in states with federally run exchanges are not eligible for subsidies. Basically, wasting taxpayer money, once again, on nitpicking. The Republican way.
During the speech, the President accused Republicans of ignoring reality,
“While we were told again and again that Obamacare would be a job killer, amazingly enough, some critics still peddle this notion. It turns out in reality America’s experienced 63 straight months of private sector job growth, a streak that started the month we passed the Affordable Care Act. The longest streak of private sector job growth on record that adds up to 12.6 million new jobs, so the critics stubbornly ignore reality.”
“So five years in what we are talking about is no longer a law, it’s no longer just a theory. This isn’t even just about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. This isn’t about myths or rumors that folks try to sustain. There is a reality that people on the ground day to day are experiencing. Their lives are better. This is now part of the fabric of how we care for one another. This is now healthcare in America, which is why when you get outside of Washington and leave behind the Beltway chatter and the politics, Americans support this new reality when you talk to people who are actually enrolled in a new marketplace plan. The vast majority of them like their coverage.”
“We’re not going to go back to a time when our citizens could be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition,” The President continued.
“When tens of millions of people couldn’t afford care, that’s not a better America. That’s not freedom — the freedom to languish in illness or to be bankrupt. … That’s not who we are. That’s not what we’re about.”
It may not be what most of us are about, but to those Republicans still obsessed with overturning the law, it has become an autonomic function.
During a press conference on June 8, President Obama targeted the Supreme Court specifically, saying the case “probably shouldn’t even have been taken up.”
“There is no reason why the existing exchanges should be overturned through a court case,” Obama said. “It has been well documented that those who passed this legislation never intended for folks who were going through the federal exchange not to have their citizens get subsidies.”
I understood folks being skeptical or worried before the law passed, and there wasn’t a reality there to examine. Once you see millions of people having health care. Once you see all the bad things that were predicted didn’t happen, you’d think that it would time to move on, let’s figure out how to make it better. It seems so cynical to want to take coverage away from millions of people. To take care away from the people who need it the most.”
Cynical and down-right cruel. Republicans have wasted time, money, and effort with 56 (yes, fifty-six) failed attempts to repeal the law. Perhaps it is time they accept reality, put an end to their vendetta, and accept that our President was responsible for doing good for our country. And maybe get their own ducks in a row. From the looks of the polls, they had best be getting themselves organized. Or not. Let them look like buffoons.