February 5, 2013 by David K. Sutton
CBO and Obamacare: Today’s Right-Wing Health Care Tweet-A-Thon
Today your conservative friends have likely been tweeting and sharing the same right-wing articles in an attempt to show their “compassion” for fellow Americans.
Washington Times — President Obama’s health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday.
In 2009, President Barack Obama promised Americans that Obamacare would not threaten citizens’ individual healthcare plans. “No matter what you’ve heard, if you like your doctor or healthcare plan you can keep it,” said Obama in 2009. “And everyone will have the stability and security that’s missing today.”
But according to new figures released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), seven million Americans will soon be forced out of their employer-based insurance coverage, as businesses opt to simply pay the federal government’s penalty and forgo continuing to offer workers private health insurance.
While these reports aren’t wrong, they intentionally skew toward a narrative of — Obama lied to you. We told you so!
But what these conservative commentators fail to mention is that it is not the Affordable Care Act that is the problem. The problem is a mentality of screwing employees — fueled by right-wing media — that is considered sound business practice. If top executives can get bigger bonuses and shareholders are happy — what’s the problem? That’s the free market after all.
As for your conservative friends and their “compassion” for these 7 million Americans — Ask them how compassionate they are each time they vote for a Republican who plans to do nothing for the tens of millions of Americans who don’t have health care insurance. Ask them where their compassion was during the health care debate of 2009 and 2010.
This is yet another example of conservatives pooh-poohing an outcome they never had a problem with in the first place.