The Affordable Care Act And Defaulting on the National Debt

rant7The purpose of this posting is to look at how the right wing fought against funding the government and tried to put the country in default. It looks at the endless right wing lies told about The Affordable Health Care Act, compares the lies to the truth, shows how the lies were integral to the development of the Tea Party, how the lies have resulted in intractable and irrational hatred for The Affordable Health Care Act which has caused the irresponsible behavior we have seen from them.

Once in a while, I tune in to FoxNews to hear what the other side is saying. I don’t have the stomach to listen very long but I try. One night I tuned in and heard that the State of California was anticipating that a large number of people who didn’t go to the doctor will start going when The Affordable Care Act goes into effect. Because of this, the State of California was considering a possible doctor shortage. They were therefore considering allowing nurse practitioners and physician assistants to practice independently. After the lead in, one of the commentators got excited and said “Oh, my god! People are going to die! They will be seeing unqualified people!” I sat there, staring at the TV. Did the people who watch FoxNews actually buy this? Didn’t it occur to their viewers that those people would be better off seeing a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant than nobody?

Prior to passage of The Affordable Care Act, a man may have a minor problem, be it a sore that isn’t healing, a lump that he didn’t have before, a cough, a pain or whatever. It bothers him but he has no insurance and doesn’t go to see a doctor. A lot of these people really do end up dying. They would be much better off seeing a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant.

Another night I tuned into FoxNews. They were saying that The Affordable Care Act was going to have such a devastating effect on the economy that we are going to lose the war on terror. There is no limit to the things they will accuse The Affordable Care Act of causing.  In this case, it doesn’t even make sense. What does ‘lose’ mean in this context? That the terrorists will take over the country?

There is an endless stream of lies coming from the right wing. I really mean endless. Google “the horrors of obamacare.” You’ll get a half million hits. Try a slightly more neutral “the problems with obamacare” you get 178 million. Or “what’s wrong with obamacare” you get 344 million hits. That’s million.

Here is a selection from the hundreds of millions of lies that the right wing is putting out:

BreitBart. You might recall that Breitbart was the man behind the fake videos about ACORN that resulted in the organization’s collapse. He was a hero of the Tea Party and addressed their conventions before his death. After his death, his blog continues. Here’s one of the thousands of things they had to say about The Affordable Care Act:

“Unfortunately for Americans who expect truth from their media, this means the media are having to manufacture a false reality that says ObamaCare is, to steal a phrase, “doing fine.”

“In order to manufacture this phony reality, the media must further sell their blackened souls by violating one of their most cherished principles: reporting on how government policy hits America’s weakest the hardest. It’s just a fact that the worst fallout of ObamaCare is already landing hard on the working class, who are losing work hours, jobs, and their insurance.”

As far as blackened souls go… well, I sincerely doubt anyone over at BreitBart has a soul. They all sold them long ago. Nevertheless, they are hardly the only ones to put out this particular lie:  The Affordable Care Act is resulting in employee hours being cut back to prevent the employer from having to supply health insurance. It’s a common the right wing criticism of The Affordable Care Act.

To see if employers are cutting back hours, let’s take a look at Walmart because it is the largest employer in America, with 5 times as many employees as the second largest employer. Also, it is an extremely right wing organization. Here’s a description of Wall-Mart politics from Making Change At Walmart:

            “Just as the total amount of money in politics increases with each passing presidential election cycle, Walmart and the Walton family have dramatically increased their spending compared with a decade or more ago. Through corporate political action committee spending, contributors by executives and family members associated with the company, direct spending by the corporation on state-level polics where permitted, and likely many more undisclosed channels, Walmart is a major player seeking to advance an extreme partisan agenda, typically in ways counter to average Americans’ interests.”

The Affordable Care Act presented them with an opportunity both to lower their expenses (or so they thought) and to help their right wing political friends. If anyone would take the opportunity, it would be them and, indeed, they did. It didn’t work out. Forbes took a look at it. The headline was “Wal-Mart Returning To Full-Time Workers-Obamacare Not Such A Job Killer After All?”

“For anyone who has not been following the Wal-Mart saga, sales have been sinking dramatically at the retailer as the company has turned to hiring mostly temporary workers (those who must reapply for a job every 180 days) to staff their stores while cutting full-time employees’ hours down to part-time status in order to avoid providing workers with healthcare benefits.”

The problem with part-timers is that they don’t work as hard as the full time staff and WalMart’s merchandise was not getting put out on the shelves. Here’s Forbes conclusion:

“While there are no shortage of Americans who enjoy deriding the Affordable Care Act as a ‘job killer’, what will soon emerge—and sooner than you may think—is an understanding that the losses experienced by businesses that cut worker hours will far exceed whatever is gained by avoiding giving employees the healthcare benefits their families so badly require. Don’t believe it? Just ask Wal-Mart.”

CEPR (Center for Economic and Policy Research) did an extensive survey to find out if employers have, in fact, been cutting back full time workers to part time. The title of the report- “Is the Affordable Care Act a Hidden Jobs Killer?” And here is their conclusion:

“An analysis of data from the Current Population Survey shows that only a small number (0.6 percent of the workforce) of workers report working just below the 30 hour cutoff in the range of 26-29 hours per week. Furthermore, the number of workers who fall in this category was actually lower in 2013 than in 2012, the year before the sanctions would have applied. This suggests that employers do not appear to be changing hours in large numbers in response to the sanctions in the ACA.”

The article goes on to point out that most workers questioned indicated that they worked part time at their own request. It’s just one more right wing lie, nothing more. Still, .6% of the workforce gives the right wing news services plenty of people to come forward and blame The Affordable Care Act.

Not that FoxNews even bothers to find someone working part time. Recently, they brought on a man who reported that his construction business is having to reduce worker’s hours so as not to have to buy their workers health insurance. He said that he couldn’t afford it. Salon.com found the man who had been on the show and asked him how many employees he had working for him. The answer was 4. The Affordable Care Act doesn’t require employers who have fewer than 49 employees to provide health insurance. Salon caught FoxNews in two other pieces of misinformation on the same show.

Here’s one of the most common lies, the one concerning whether or not The Affordable Care Act would require people to change doctors. President Obama said that no one would be required to change doctors under Affordable Care Act. The right wingers repeatedly claim that this is a lie. They find some individual who had to change doctors. What President Obama failed to point out was that The Affordable Care Act did not prevent doctors from dying, retiring, moving, dropping patients, or deciding not to accept specific insurance carriers. They retain the right do as they wish and remain subject to the whims of the insurance companies. However, there is nothing in the Affordable Care Act that will require patients to change doctors which was what the President was explaining.

Here’s another from The Daily Caller:

“If you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, or Medicare, or Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have,” Obama said.

“But as Obamacare’s rollout approaches, we have learned this is not true. Here are the ten states where consumers may like their health care plans, but they won’t be able to keep them.”

He goes on to list instances where insurance companies decided not to continue providing insurance in that particular state or region. President Obama never said that the law compelled insurance companies to remain in place in all the states where they sold insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, the officers in charge of insurance companies retain their right to run their companies as they see fit. President Obama merely said that nothing in the Affordable Health Care Act required patients to change coverage. Sanjay Gupta, on CNN pointed out that the vast majority of people who will be looking for coverage through the Affordable Health Care Act will be people who do not currently have a doctor. As far as people who will not be enrolling in insurance through the Affordable Health Care Act, whatever happens to their insurance company has nothing to do with the Affordable Health Care Act. Except, perhaps, that insurance companies don’t like Affordable Care Act and some seem to be changing things around just so they can blame it on Affordable Care Act,

Another common lie told by the right wing is that this is socialism. Here’s what ABCNews had to say about it: “Why Calling Obamacare ‘Socialism’ Makes No Sense [Analysis]”

Even better, is the article in the New York Times which states:

“…the architecture of the Affordable Care Act is based on conservative, not liberal, ideas about individual responsibility and the power of market forces.”

“This fundamental ideological paradox, drowned out by partisan shouting since before the plan’s passage in 2010, explains why Obamacare has only lukewarm support from many liberals, who wanted a real, not imagined, “government takeover of health care.” It explains why Republicans have been unable since its passage to come up with anything better. And it explains why the law is nearly identical in design to the legislation Mr. Romney passed in Massachusetts while governor.”

One more lie that needs to be addressed is “Obamacare.” This particular lie is the suggestion somehow, under the Affordable Care Act, medical care in this country is going to be different. The only, the single, tiny grain of truth that the right wing has blown up to perpetuate this lie is pretty simple. There are a couple of sections in the law such as: (from the Senate website)

“Strengthening the Quality Infrastructure: The HHS Secretary will establish a national strategy to improve health care service delivery, patient outcomes, and population health. The President will convene an Interagency Working Group on Health Care Quality to collaborate on the development and dissemination of quality initiatives consistent with the national strategy.”

“Health Care Quality Improvements: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will create a new program to develop community health teams supporting medical homes to increase access to community-based, coordinated care. It supports a health delivery system research center to conduct research on health delivery system improvement and best practices that improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care delivery. And, it support medication management services by local health providers to help patients better manage chronic disease.”

“Modernizing Disease Prevention and Public Health Systems: A new interagency council is created to promote healthy policies and to establish a national prevention and health promotion strategy. A Prevention and Public Health Investment Fund is established to provide an expanded and sustained national investment in prevention and public health. The HHS Secretary will convene a national public/private partnership to conduct a national prevention and health promotion outreach and education campaign to raise awareness of activities to promote health and prevent disease across the lifespan.”

These items, designed to take some small steps to improve the quality of health care, the right wing blows up to be “a government takeover of health care.”

Here’s a tidbit from my personal experience. I was in a clothing store, looking for the owner who wasn’t in. Instead, I ended up talking with his mother. She told me that, since the passage of The Affordable Care Act, she “felt that she was living in a communist country.” That’s the extreme right wing position, that The Affordable Care Act is communist. This is pretty basic, but I’ll say it anyway. In a communist country, people don’t own stores, the state does. Being the mother of a store owner, she should have realized that her son, not the state, owned the store. Thinking things through isn’t a characteristic of the right wing. Rather, they think of ways to elaborate on the lies they are given.

Here’s a list of right wing lies about the Affordable Health Care Law from the Tampa Bay Times. An article in Fact Check goes through 26 of the lies. In another article, Fact Check goes through another bunch of right wing lies. The list really is endless and unrelenting. One of the most often spoken of is that the Affordable Health Care Law is 2,700 pages long. This lie comes from the fact that, when presented to congress, bills must be in large type and double spaced so that senators and congressmen can read it from their podiums while discussing it. Fact Check claims it is a little over a thousand pages. Check it out yourself at the Congressional Budget Office. There’s another copy prepared by the Office of the Legislative Counsel that strips out some of the section numbers and so forth that are necessary for legal citations. This copy is 955 pages long.

The question, after looking at the lies, is why? Why did the right wing invest so heavily in attacking The Affordable Health Care Act? The only obvious reason is that the right wing was trying to protect the profits of insurance companies. If you think about it, billionaires don’t need health insurance. Think about the owners of the Tea Party- the Koch brothers. They’re company is worth $100 billion dollars. An over the top, insanely expensive health care problem might approach $1 million in cost. That would use up one of their 100,000 million dollar bills or .001 percent of their net worth. This is trivial. No, the importance of insurance companies to the super rich is the profits that insurance companies bring in.

It makes sense and would explain why the right wing protests so insanely but, in fact, the Affordable Health Care Act is not driving down the profits of insurance companies. For example, this is what Forbes  had to say: “2012 – The Year in Healthcare Charts” Take a look at the graphs. See how health insurance premiums are going through the roof. The average American family of four is now paying over $20,000/year in health care costs. It broke the $20,000 level in 2012. $15,000 of it is for insurance. (The charts also compare the US to other countries. We’re not getting much bang for our bucks.)

Bloomberg: also talks about it: “Insurers Profit from Health Law They Fought Against.”

“The industry that was the loudest, most persistent critic of this law, the industry whose analysts and executives predicted it would suffer immensely because of the law, has thrived,” Gosselin said, Health insurers contributed $86.2 million to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to oppose the law after Obama administration officials criticized the plans for enriching themselves by raising customer premiums.”

ThinkProgress: “Health Insurance Companies Threaten To Increase Premiums Even As Profits Soar”

“Some of the nation’s largest health insurance companies are warning investors that they’ll raise insurance premiums by as much as 116 percent next year, as the coverage expansion provisions in the Affordable Care Act go into effect and millions of uninsured Americans begin purchasing coverage.”

So, it isn’t being done to protect insurance company’s profits. What is certain is that the right is putting out a truly endless list of lies and obfuscation. The question is, why? Clearly, the reason has nothing to do with The Affordable Care Act. It was their proposal; it fit all the Republican values and standards. They have no alternative approach to offer instead of The Affordable Care Act. Their objections are all lies. A lie isn’t a reason. A lie is made up. For someone to make up a lie, they have to have a reason to do so. Therefore, the reason for all these attacks can’t be found in The Affordable Health Care Act. To find out why, we’ll have to look elsewhere.

The first place to look is the current modus operandi of the Republican Party. To understand why they are lying about The Affordable Care Act, it is necessary to understand that they lie about lots of things and why they lie about those things all the time. This is what the Republican Party has devolved into: the party of lies. They don’t just lie about The Affordable Care Act. They lie about President Obama not being a US citizen. They lie about him being a Muslim. They lie about global warming. They lie about increasing background checks in purchasing guns. The lies are designed to fill the hearts of their followers with fear, hatred and anger. It’s all they have to offer their followers. An example that relates to The Affordable Care Act came up during Ted Cruz’s fake filibuster which was done supposedly to defeat The Affordable Care Act. He compared himself to Winston Churchill. To make the comparison work, you have to be able to see The Affordable Health Care Act as the Nazis. A law changing the way health insurance is marketed is just like the Nazis. What? It invades countries and engages in genocide? It doesn’t even make sense. Even John McCain stood up and protested this idiocy.

People who see this kind of behavior amongst the Tea Party members, particularly from people like Ted Cruz, often call the right wing Nazis as a way to understand them. That isn’t true either. There are a couple of huge differences, even in this. It seems clear that Hitler actually believed the things he told his followers. Another huge difference is that the Nazi’s had something to offer their followers. Hitler told them that Germany was going to conquer the world. The Republicans, in contrast have nothing positive to offer their followers, just lies There is, however, one powerful similarity: hatred is a central part of both. Looking at the comparison between the right wing and the Nazis helps us to understand why the right wing lies all the time about The Affordable Care Act. The lies have nothing to do with the act itself.

This is what needs to be understood about the Republican Party if one wants to understand why they lie constantly about The Affordable Care Act. Other than tell lies, they really do little else. Once in a while, you might hear one of them talk about jobs, jobs, jobs, but they have not put forth one single proposal to increase the number of jobs and have voted against every stimulus package that has come up for a vote. It’s just a lie and understanding the lie is the key to understanding why they lie about The Affordable Care Act. You’ll hear the Republicans talking about ‘putting money in the hands of job creators.’ Too often, the main stream media treats this as the ‘opinion’ of the Republican leadership. Here’s how you know that it is a lie. This is not the first time we have gone through this process, giving huge tax breaks to the top .1%. Reagan tried the same thing when he was in office. He may have believed that it would work. What happened was that he created the second worst depression since the Great Depression. His policies brought the unemployment rate up to 10.4 in 1983.  ThinkProgress has an excellent article about President Reagan. (One thing that most people fail to realize is that President Reagan raise taxes 11 times- CNN Money.)

The point of this is that the Republican congressmen went through all this. Many of them were there when Ronald Reagan’s redistribution of wealth to the rich caused the second worst recession since the Great Depression. They don’t actually believe that they are creating jobs, jobs, jobs, it’s just a lie they tell to justify stripping money out of the economy and giving it to men like Mitt Romney who put it in offshore accounts. They know damn well what they are doing. These lies lead us directly to the reason for all the lies about The Affordable Care Act. Let’s take a look at the “putting money in the hands of job creators” lie.

After Reagan left office, after his tax cut for the rich and trickle down economics, we had President Bush Sr., who mostly continued President Reagan’s policies. Under President Bush Sr., the re-distribution of wealth to the rich continued apace and unemployment was between 5.4% and 7.3%. Then Bill Clinton came into office.  By looking at what the Republican Party did to Bill Clinton, we will understand that they are doing something very similar to President Obama, using the same method for the same reason. They told lies about President Clinton, just like they are now telling lies about The Affordable Care Act. Bill Clinton ended “putting money in the hands of the job creators” although back then, they called it ‘trickle down economics.’

During the Clinton administration, 25 million jobs were created. Boom times. He was putting money squarely in the hands of the 95%. He was on the side of the 95% in every way. He eliminated the deficit and began paying down the national debt to protect social security. The right wing media attacked him viciously all the time. Relentlessly. Because of the lies, the right wing quickly came to hate him.  The attacks weren’t over the fact that he got the unemployment level down to the lowest point in thirty years, of course not, that wouldn’t have sold. Instead, they made things up. For example, the right wingers got a list of all the unexplained deaths in the state of Arkansas and developed a complicated theory of how Bill Clinton was to blame for each and every one of them. And many of those in the Republican base actually believed all this crap. Just like a majority of the Republican base believe the lies about The Affordable Care Act.

So, why the relentless attacks? Bill Clinton wasn’t on the side of the .01%. Therefore, he had to be stopped by whatever means came to hand, up to and including impeachment. Nothing worked and Bill Clinton remains one of the best liked presidents. Now we’re getting to the reason for all the lies about The Affordable Care Act. The problems that the Republican Party had with Bill Clinton were very similar to the problems they have with President Obama and the constant attacks on The Affordable Care Act were very similar to the attacks made on Bill Clinton.

An interlude came along with the election of President Bush, Bush brought back the tax cuts for the rich and, by the end of his administration; the country was losing jobs at the rate of 750,000 a month. It is difficult to believe that it wasn’t the intention of the neocons to do so. Al Gore ran on a platform that included paying down the deficit to protect the country’s ability to keep up with the large numbers of people who would ultimately be collecting social security. He called it “putting the money in a lock box.” The Republican Party, under President Bush, tripled the deficit to use it as a club to try to destroy social security and Medicare. The Republican Party plans, implemented under Ronald Reagan, were back on track and working fine.

Then, Barrack Obama got elected and the right wing saw immediately what they’d gotten. No way in hell was this man going to cooperate with their plans. No way in hell was this man going to help them transfer wealth from the 95% to the .1%. He was trouble. Big trouble. So, while he was being inaugurated, the Republicans in congress were meeting to discuss how to stop him. They needed to do to President Obama what they had done to President Clinton but they needed to do a better job. They needed a way to attack him. They needed to find something that would work.

The first thing that the new president wanted to work on was reforming health care. He went to the Republicans and told them that he just wanted to get this problem solved. In the spirit of bi-partisanship, he told them he would adopt their plan, the plan developed by the Heritage Foundation, the plan that Bob Dole ran for president on, the plan that Mitt Romney put in place in Massachusetts where it was working just fine. In short, The Affordable Care Act. The Republicans saw this as a golden opportunity. They pretended to agree but asked that they just be given to the end of the summer to discuss the plan with their base before the vote. And that’s when all the hate mongering began. That’s when all the right wing hate mongers on FoxNews and right wing radio began their endless lies. They were attacking The Affordable Care Act as a way to attack President Obama, to interfere with his intentions to improve the living standard of the 95%.  Once again, we began to see an endless stream of lies, just like we saw the endless stream of lies directed against Bill Clinton.

On some level, the right wingers know that they are being lied to. I was at a party where there was a contingent of Tea Partiers. I avoided them but one of them overheard me talking about getting a colonoscopy. She touched my arm and said “You know, that’s one of the first things that’s going to be eliminated under Obamacare.” Then she turned back towards the group and said “Isn’t it?”  The rest of her little group all murmured their agreement. They were doing what the people they listen to do- making up a lie on the spot to promote their agenda. The gross ignorance of the right wing base is a problem. All the lies they are given to fill their hearts with anger, fear and hatred make politics difficult.

Another obvious sign that the right wingers must know that they are being lied to is all the things that they were told were going to happen that haven’t happened. Like the claim of death panels that were going to decide who lived or who died. Or the claim that the government was going to send someone to your house to kill grandma. Am I the only one who noticed that this never happened? And then came the Koch Brothers. We will see how what the Koch Brothers did brought us to the situation we find ourselves today.

This blog is about The Affordable Care Act and defaulting on the national debt. It is totally bizarre that we found ourselves on this brink and we need to understand how we got here. The reason we found ourselves on the brink of total financial disaster is because of the terrorists in the congress- the 40 members of the Tea Party. We need to understand how this happened and the role that hatred of The Affordable Care Act played. Only then can we understand how to get out of it.

The Koch Brothers changed things. Wikipedia tells us that in 1984, they sent up a conservative group called Citizens for a Sound Economy whose self-described mission was “to fight for less government, lower taxes, and less regulation.” They obviously did this to increase their own income at the expense of the rest of us. The group produced more than 100 policy papers each year in its run, delivering them to many congressional offices, sending out thousands of pieces of mail, and getting coverage of its viewpoints in thousands of news articles around the United States. In 2004, that organization split into Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity. When President Obama took office, they got active. While the Republican representatives were home during the summer of 2009 lying to their base about The Affordable Health Care Act, Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity got people out. They put ads in the paper. They sent buses all around the country. They held rallies in conjunction with the Republican Party Congressmen at the town halls. This was the time that the Tea Party took off. Freedom Works prepared a dumbed down version of the Republican creed, one that could be understood by people stupid enough to join an organization designed to take their money and give it to the super rich. They made up posters for the demonstrators to carry around and handed out sheets so the demonstrators knew what to say. And then, Freedom Works left. This was the disaster. They left the Tea Partiers alone to talk about their new creed. Freedom Works created a monster. The groups they left behind practiced repeating to each other the lies they learned. This was groups of people living in their own world, a group dominated by hatred and anger. They went on to select their own candidates for office. The people they put in office were born in the hatred the right wing directed towards The Affordable Care Act. The Tea Party’s reason for existence was hatred of The Affordable Care Act. To see the problem the country faced in raising the debt ceiling, let’s take a quick look at the people that the Tea Party elected and some of the things they’ve said:

Allen West from ThinkProgress

“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat party, because they have an incredible propaganda machine.”

You can see the stupidity, confusing cause with effect. Certainly, the text books, reference books, manuals and encyclopedias all agree with the Democrats. This isn’t because of their propaganda machine. It’s because the Democrats tell the truth. Republicans like Allen West don’t even recognize the truth.

“I must confess, when I see anyone with an Obama 2012 bumper sticker, I recognize them as a threat to the gene pool.”

That shows the depth of hate in the Tea Party.

 “American women have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness — to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do. Because if you don’t, then the debt will continue to grow…deficits will continue to grow.”

AND the insanity. The deficit is caused by women making men subservient.

Ted Yoho, talking about defaulting on the national debt:

“I think, personally, it would bring stability to the world markets,” since they would be assured that the United States had moved decisively to curb its debt.

After you read that statement, is it any wonder that we ended up on the brink of disaster?

Michelle Bachmann, where to start? She’s made so many… Well, here are two that directly address her understanding of the upcoming default.

“All of the problems we’re facing with debt are manmade problems. We created them. It’s called fantasy economics. Fantasy economics only works in a fantasy world. It doesn’t work in reality.”

Yeah, economics dealing with man-made things are fantasy economics. Wow. Or this, given the fact that they are trying to blame the shut down on President Obama-

“We’re excited, we’re united!” after coming out of a meeting where they decided to shut down the government.

Marlin StutzmanRachel Maddow:

 “Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.) argues that House Republicans are “not going to be disrespected. We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

They shut down the government to get something but they don’t know what.

Tom Coburn  HotAir:

 “The only time you shut down the government is when you shut it down and refuse to open it until you accomplish what you want. But we’ll fold like hotcakes,” Coburn told reporters. “You do not take a hostage you are not going to for sure shoot. And we will not for sure shoot this hostage.”

Could it be clearer that the shutdown was planned by the Republicans? He’s objecting because the rest of the Republicans won’t really shoot the hostage.

Louie Gohmert AtlanticWire:

 “I heard just before I came some senator from Arizona,” Gohmert said, a slight referring to McCain that brought out some audience laughter. “A guy that liked Qadaffi before he wanted to bomb him, a guy that liked Mubarak before he wanted him out, a guy that’s been to Syria and supported Al-Qaeda and rebels.” Finally, he gets to his main point. “But he was saying today ‘The shutdown has been a fool’s errand.’ And I agree with him. The President and Harry Reid should not have shut this government down,” he said to applause.”

Ted Cruz The self appointed leader of the Tea Party attacks. Clearly, he did everything in his power to force a default on the debt. Here’s what he said to CNN:

“The Texas (Ted Cruz) senator refused to speculate on whether there were enough votes in Congress to support his proposal of obliterating Earth, but he ended his interview on a personal note: ‘Candy, I don’t want my children and my children’s children to live in a world with Obamacare. And the best way to guarantee that is by destroying the world.’”

This could well be the definition of terrorism, although, frankly, even most terrorists wouldn’t go quite that far. This is the man who lead the fight to shut down the government and to default on our debt payments. He would destroy the world because of some imagined horror lurking in the complexities of the Affordable Care Act. Not simply America, but the world, including England, Canada, Australia. The whole world. These people are not rational, not working to better the country, not knowledgeable of how the world works and they are directing the actions of the House of Representatives. They must be stopped.

There’s even worse information out there about this man. His father is a dominionist. Political Research Associates describes them as follows:

“Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe the United States once was, and should again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.”

“Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.”

“Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, believing that the Ten Commandments, or “biblical law,” should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.”

Further, Dominionists have met with military leaders to discuss the overthrow of the US government. And, at the Values Voters Conference, they all blessed Ted Cruz who is the standard barer of the Tea Party.

Those were the people that got elected as a direct result of the endless lies being told about The Affordable Care Act. And those are the people that put us on the brink of defaulting on the national debt.

What we have seen is not so clear to the people involved in trying to negotiatewith these terrorists. Most people don’t spend their time consumed with hatred and anger. Most people are open, caring and respectful. Most people have a basic understanding of how the world works. What other people don’t understand is that these people are consumed with hatred and hatred is not rational. People filled with hate don’t negotiate in good faith. They can’t be bargained with. These people have a belief system given to them that they treat as catechism. All their decisions are based on it. THIS is what the Koch Brothers gave us. Whole districts filled with lies, consumed with hatred and anger, voting for representatives who have no clear understanding of how the real world operates, without any knowledge of how the government works, without the slightest desire to roll up their sleeves and work with the rest of the Congress, let alone the Senate or the President. And they were in control. This is what is behind the right wing hatred of The Affordable Care Act. We now have a band of terrorists that have taken over the House of Representatives, a band of terrorists created by the Koch Brothers. The latest? The Koch Brothers have abandoned the monster they created. The Guardian reports that the Koch Brothers have circulated a letter claiming that they are against the government shutdown and certainly against defaulting on the debt. This will have no effect upon the terrorists that were created by the Koch Brothers and have taken control of the congress. It’s just a small part of the abysmal ignorance of that group, but they have no understanding that they were actually created by the Koch Brothers. Like Frankenstein, they have turned against their creator.

Another clear indication of the stupidity of the Tea Party is what they are doing. They say they want to default because they are afraid that the national debt will, someday, become so large that the country won’t be able to pay it. Great. What they don’t seem to understand is that we don’t pay down the national debt. We only make interest payments. If we default, the interest rates will go up, way up. Consequently, the someday that they are afraid of will be right now- caused by them.

What the Democratic Party needs to do, right now, is to begin working on getting these people out of Congress. The reason is simple, if the Tea Party has its way, they will default on the national debt. They failed once but they haven’t given up. The problems will go on and on. There is no way that the Tea Party members in congress will assist in solving problems.

The right wing goes on and on with lies about what The Affordable Care Act is going to cost. Let me tell you, in dollars, what not having The Affordable Care Act cost America. Here’s a story from CNN back in June, 2009 called “Medical bills prompt more than 60 percent of U.S. bankruptcies.”

“Bankruptcies due to medical bills increased by nearly 50 percent in a six-year period, from 46 percent in 2001 to 62 percent in 2007, and most of those who filed for bankruptcy were middle-class, well-educated homeowners, according to a report that will be published in the August issue of The American Journal of Medicine.”

Remember the collapse of the housing market, and the bank bailout? It cost America $5 trillion dollars and was caused by a lack of adequate insurance.  Not exclusively. There was another problem, a bill put through by the Bush Administration.

The HuffingtonPost ran a story entitled “New York Fed Economists Say Bush-Era Bankruptcy Law Fueled Over 200,000 Foreclosures”

“Economists at the New York Federal Reserve have concluded that a controversial 2005 law backed by banks and credit card companies pushed more than 200,000 people into foreclosure and exacerbated the subprime mortgage crisis.”

“Consumer advocates fought hard against the law, which made it much more difficult for individuals to alleviate credit card debt in bankruptcy. This inability of homeowners to eliminate other debts, the New York Fed economists conclude, in turn made borrowers unable to pay off their mortgages, spurring foreclosures.”

The story on law suits that got all the attention back then was that the Bush administration was passing a law to make it more difficult to file lawsuits. It was the darling of the Republican base but the law only applied to people filing lawsuits against corporations. Another law, the one that made it easier for corporations to sue individuals, got no attention.

All that is just money, an extremely large amount of money to be sure, but just money. There’s another problem associated with lack of health insurance. Here’s what the HarvardGazette had to say:

“Nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance, according to a new study published online today by the American Journal of Public Health. That figure is about two and a half times higher than an estimate from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2002.”

That’s a whole lot more than the number of people who died in all our wars and all the terrorist attacks against Americans in the past 15 years. And that’s just one year. The Tea Party terrorists in Congress said they would settle for elimination of the 2.7% tax on medical appliances. Compare that to a loss of $5 trillion and 45,000 deaths a year. A 2.7% tax just doesn’t look like that big a deal.

I saw a re-broadcast of Rush Limbaugh talking about stopping The Affordable Care Act. He said it was a matter of life and death. He was right but in the exact opposite way from what he said.

Enough about the right wing lies about the Affordable Health Care Act. Let’s look at some websites that discuss the facts regarding the Affordable Health Care Act. My neighbor thinks that the Kaiser Permanente gives the best analysis.  ObamaCareFacts give a good summary and lots of useful information.

In conclusion, don’t count the Tea Party out. They may very well default on the national debt the February 7th, plunging the country into chaos. Now that we know what they are and how they came into being, we need to do something. In the election in which Ted Cruz was elected the Senator from Texas, the total voter turnout was only 7 million. There are 7 million registered Democrats in Texas. People around the country need to understand that not voting is going to cost them. The rest of us have to be sure to let them know. There are those that think that the Democrats are no better than the Republicans, that they’re both the same. That both groups take money from the super rich as a result of what the Supreme Court did. Be assured, the Tea Party Republicans are something altogether new. Even the super rich no longer support the Tea Party. The super rich see them as dangerous which is exactly what they are. They need to go. Their impact goes far beyond their size because any Republican that doesn’t support their agenda will be primaried. The Tea Party only cares about how well candidates mouth the Tea Party catechesis. The rest of us have to focus on getting them out of office. This means getting people to vote who don’t normally vote. Talk to them. Our country needs them.

Well, I’m not lonely interested in politics. If you’d like to see some of my art work, check out Celtic Art or that of my friend, the author Doug Page.

About Brian Baxter

I attended the NY University at Stony Brook and graduated in 1968. I worked for many years in the NYS Office of Mental Health but left in the eighties. Since then, I did a variety of things including owning and operating a liquor store, work as a recruiter, a woodworker and as a salesman. Currently, I'm retired.
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3 Responses to The Affordable Care Act And Defaulting on the National Debt

  1. wwickeddogg says:

    I like your analysis, but what makes you think recall elections will solve this problem? The bigger problem is that most of the people in the country are apathetic and do not care enough to even go to vote in the recall election. Look at what happened in Wisconsin. In the last Presidential election in Texas only about 7 million people voted and there are more than 7 million Democrats in Texas, so all that they had to do to win the election was actually vote. People don’t need to start petitions, call their legislators, sign petitions, protest, or even talk about politics in order to change our situation. All that people have to do to get us out of this mess is to go to voting booths on one day in a year for a few minutes and vote, but they don’t do it, so there is little hope of getting them to do anything else. The country is fucked.

    • Brian Baxter says:

      Jason: You’re absolutely right. About now, that is. Goldman Sachs said yesterday that the economy has already dropped twenty percent. That’s without default. Just wait. No one is certain what default will bring, but, other than Tea Party idiots, no one is saying it will be good. If it starts getting really, really bad, really fast, people will wake up. The reason to start now is that nothing will change the Tea Party’s minds. They’re too stupid and too filled with hate. When things start getting bad, the rest of us need to be ready to get them out. Oh, btw, I put an article from Scientific American in the package with Works. Did you get it? Brian

      > Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:23:29 +0000 > To: brianebaxter@hotmail.com >

  2. David Lakeberg says:

    Tea Party Republicans are traitors …

    trea•son: [tree-zuh n] noun 1. the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign. 2. a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state. 3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

    So here are the facts … President Obama ran his initial election campaign with clear intentions of reforming the current healthcare system. During the last election, where he was re-elected, this issue was re-litigated during the campaign. So, we had 2 elections. He won both of them. The Supreme Court validated the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). He is the President of the United States. Voted in … by the people … of this country. So, how is it somehow “American” to disrupt an entire nation, throw this country that “we love so much” and won’t let anyone “tread upon” into a global economic tailspin – ALL BECAUSE THEY DID NOT WIN. They LOST! They didn’t win the election in 2008. They didn’t win the election in 2012. That, my friends, is not only sore losing – in my book and in every definition of “democracy” I’ve ever seen – it is TREASON.

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