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One Of The Stupidest Anti-Obamacare Arguments Is Making A Comeback

By in Huffington Post on June 14, 2017

By Jeffrey Young

There have been a lot of truly dumb and audaciously dishonest things said about the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, over the years.

Think death panels and microchips embedded under the skin.

But what might be one of the most boldly absurd things Republicans have said about the law is that it failed because there are still people who have no health insurance.

Sure, an estimated 20 million people have health coverage because of the law, and the national uninsured rate is the lowest it’s ever been. But some people remain uninsured. Train wreck!

“Obamacare itself has woefully fallen short of its goal to cover the American people,” Vice President Mike Pence said during an remarks to Department of Health and Human Services employees Tuesday.

And here’s Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price ― who absolutely knows better ― lamenting this state of affairs on Twitter Tuesday, using a chart Pence displayed on stage at HHS headquarters.

Under Obamacare only 10 mil enrolled, 28 mil still uninsured. https://t.co/gIihP1azlE @POTUS @VP #ObamacareFacts pic.twitter.com/k9yeAKEB5o

— Tom Price, M.D. (@SecPriceMD) June 13, 2017

First, that “only 10 million enrolled” refers solely to the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchange marketplaces, and completely ignores the law’s Medicaid expansion, which has provided coverage to more people than the exchanges in 31 states and the District of Columbia, which adopted the expansion.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has been trotting out this bogus argument for years, most recently on Twitter a few weeks ago. (It’s hard to say whether Cornyn […]    

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