More Republican Distortion And Obstruction - And Response

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Once again, Tennessee’s two senators, along with the rest of the Republican leadership, have distorted and misrepresented the facts in their continued obsession with obstructing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It seems that they didn't bother to read the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office report’s assessment of the law before they began to publicly disseminate false claims for it. 

Senator Alexander’s assertion that the ACA “is likely to force more than two million Americans out of their jobs (Chattanoogan, 2/5/2014),” and Senator Corker’s claim that the ACA will “continue to negatively impact the economic growth and result in 2.5 million fewer Americans working in the next decade (Chatt., 2/5/2014),”  are so completely at odds with what the report actually stated that one must conclude that they either did not bother to read the report before they began misrepresenting it, that they didn't understand it, or that they are purposely distorting the facts for political purposes.

What the report actually said was that due to the greater affordability of health insurance for many people under the ACA, a number of people who had been working mainly to stay insured would choose, that’s choose, to work less hours or to quit their jobs. As Republican economic guru, Rep. Paul Ryan, admitted yesterday morning in a House Budget Committee hearing with CBO director, Steven Elmendorf, “It is not that employers are laying people off (Huffington Post (HP), 2/6/2014).” He also agreed with the CBO head that the drop in hours worked was not due to employers wanting to hire fewer workers because of the law. In fact, Mr. Elmendorf stated that the CBO found that the ACA “spurs employment and would reduce unemployment over the next few years (HP, 2/6/2014).” This stands in stark contradiction to Senators Alexander and Corker’s seemingly ignorant claims of workers being “forced out of their jobs.”

As it has been from its introduction as a bill in Congress, the major obstacle to truly beneficial outcomes for the Affordable Care Act is continuous, obstinate, unreasonable Republican obstructionism. Our two senator’s misrepresentations in this affair are exemplary of that behavior. 

Harry M. Hays
Signal Mountain 

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Are we to assume Mr. Hays, that when Americans "choose" to quit their jobs and go on the government dole, instead of working and paying for their own healthcare, that it becomes a noble and just cause in your world? 

William Booker
Hixson 

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Mr. Hayes, this is a two sided problem. If my memory is correct the Democrats put this ACA together behind closed doors in secret. No Republicans invited and all were shut out. This from a person that promised the most transparent administration that ever governed.  

We know how much we can trust Democrats' word. After it came to a vote, Queen Nancy gave the order, "We have to pass it then read it." Now we know why as it was full of little things that wouldn't and couldn't pass in the light of day.  

Then we heard, "If you like your plan you can keep it, period. If you like your doctor you can keep him, period." In the minds of a majority of citizens that is called a lie, pure and simple and he knew it was not true along with all the Democrats.  

Then we have the killing of an ambassador and three others and the lies that were told in regards to that attack and then Hillary responded "What difference does it matter now?"  

I remember when the president spoke to a joint session of Congress and a member called him a liar. Seems the member was spot on and was criticized greatly. Now we know the truth the President believes in backroom Chicago politics no matter the cost.  

There is still hope, if only a small amount. If I am to be trashed for my opinion please have the good manners enough to stick to my points and don't assume you can read my mind and heart. 

N.D. Kennedy Sr.
Ooltewah


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