He Did It Again: Boehner Tweets Link Attacking “Obamacare,” Actually Exposes Republican Sabotage of Law

boehner-smileThis guy really should learn how to actually read what he posts on Twitter, because for the second time in less than a week House Speaker Boehner sent out a link on his account which claimed one thing, while exposing another.

This time he tweeted a link to a story from South Carolina which proclaims rates in South Carolina will “rise 50-70%.”  Which the article claims is true—for some.

See, these numbers only cover individuals who get health insurance on their own, instead of through their employer.

It also goes on to say that the hike in premiums is going to vary depending on age, health and a variety of other factors.  It claims that rates could rise as small as 2% or as high as 164%.

Though it doesn’t go into detail as to who might see a 2% hike and who might see 164%.

But here’s where it gets fun.  At the bottom of the article, it gives the link to the Affordable Care Act website and their phone number people can contact to find out more information—such as how much in subsidies they might quality for due to their level of income.

Because as always, when Republicans quote these “drastic hikes in premiums” they never mention that these are rates before subsidies are factored in.

It’s like showing someone the MSRP price of an item, saying that’s how much it costs—except the actual price in the store is much cheaper.

Then, and this is the best part, the very end of the article goes on to show the Republican sabotage of the law.  Their refusal to enroll in a state exchange.

It admits that South Carolina refused to sign up for the state exchange, and of course the state exchange is the real catalyst which makes the whole law valuable to begin with—especially for those who don’t get insurance through their employer.

Of course, South Carolina claims rates wouldn’t be lower even if they had signed up for the exchange.  That’s funny, because states that have signed up for the exchange are revealing premiums much lower than expected.

But, in South Carolina, they’re claiming that premiums wouldn’t be any lower.  Just don’t ask them to prove that, because they can’t.  You’re just going to have to take their word on it.

And therein lies the sabotage many of us have known about for quite some time.  In the states which want the Affordable Care Act to work, it will work.  The states which oppose the law, will find ways to make it not work.

Here’s my “bold” prediction: Almost every state which strongly opposes “Obamacare” will see premiums much higher than before and almost every state which supports the law will report health care premiums lower than expected.

Which, so far, is exactly what you’re seeing.

Many of these Republican controlled states have done all they can to try and sabotage the law, driving up health care premiums, because they don’t want the law to work and are doing all they can to ensure that it doesn’t.  While states like California, New York, Oregon and Washington are all reporting premiums lower than expected because these states have done what they were supposed to do and have allowed the law to work.

And if Boehner had read the rest of the article, that’s exactly what he would have seen.  But in his haste to bash “Obamacare” (which quite frankly, if you look at his Twitter, this man is obsessed with 2 things: “Obamacare” and the Keystone Pipeline) he once again failed to read an article he was sharing.  If he had read it, he would have clearly seen the real reason why health care rates in South Carolina will be going up for many residents.

Which isn’t the Affordable Care Act itself, but the continued efforts by Republicans to blatantly sabotage the law—and leave average Americans paying the price.

About Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Follow Allen on Twitter as well, @Allen_Clifton.

  • Dianna Perrotto

    Wow, a few of you know how to make sweeping and pejorative generalizations about the people of the South. Please understand, as you curl your lip at us as a whole, that there are many people in the South who do not accept what is happening here and are doing what they can to affect positive change. Your prejudice is showing and it’s as ugly as anyone else’s.