“Repealing the Healthcare Act would add to the deficit”
Any sane person who has been tuned into this debate knows that claim to be disingenuous at best, and a downright lie at worst. The Republicans counter-argument has been to argue that the CBO’s analysis is based on a false set of assumptions provided by the Democrats, and – while deadly accurate – is not winning the argument in the eyes of the public.
The Republicans could make a much stronger case by hammering home the point – using a big sledgehammer – that the CBO estimates Obamacare will require roughly one trillion dollars in new spending over ten years and that the legislation calls for raising taxes by half-trillion and another half-trillion in Medicare cuts. So any alleged “deficit reductions” attributable to Obamacare come not from its magical ability to lower health care costs, – but rather from revenue increases mandated in the legislation.
In effect, the Democrats are saying “if Republicans repeal our tax increases, then the deficit will be higher.”
“Why aren’t the Republicans focusing on jobs and deficits instead of healthcare?”
Let’s forget for a moment that the Democrats ignored jobs and deficits for eighteen months to focus almost exclusively on healthcare. Moreover – and regardless of what the CBO says – Obamacare will explode the deficit going forward, so the repeal effort is a direct counter-measure to combat rising deficits.
As for jobs: Obamacare is a huge job killer for the private sector and especially for small businesses who simply can’t afford to comply with the new mandates and rapidly-rising costs to insure their employees. Repealing Obamacare may not “create” new jobs, but it will certainly prevent the mass loss of jobs certain to come if this legislation is allowed to stand.
“Affordable Care Act”
Of course it’s “affordable.” That is, to the forty million or so Americans who will get it “free” compliments of the U.S. taxpayer.