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How the Republican Tempest Over the Affordable Care Act Diverts Attention from Three Large Truths

ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkele

ROBERT B. REICH, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkele

from the Robert Reich blog
Friday, November 22, 2013

Having failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act in Congress, to beat it back in the last election, to repeal it despite more than eighty votes in the House, to stop it in the federal courts, to get enough votes in the Supreme Court to overrule it, and to gut it with outright extortion (closing the government and threatening to default on the nation’s debts unless it was repealed), Republicans are now down to their last ploy.

They are hell-bent on destroying the Affordable Care Act in Americans’ minds.

A document circulating among House Republicans (reported by the New York Times) instructs them to repeat the following themes and stories continuously: “Because of Obamacare, I Lost My Insurance.” “Obamacare Increases Health Care Costs.” “The Exchanges May Not Be Secure, Putting Personal Information at Risk.”

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