GQ had an article about how Republicans are still lying about the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have spent the years since the ACA was passed spreading lies about the bill. Paul Ryan has said that it’s bankrupting Medicare, when in fact the truth is just the opposite. Literally the exact opposite is true. This comes from FactCheck.org.
As for Ryan’s claim that Obamacare had worsened Medicare’s financing, that’s not the case, either. In fact, the law both expanded Medicare funding—adding a 0.9 percent tax on earnings above $200,000 for single taxpayers or $250,000 for married couples—and cut the growth of future spending. Additional revenue and savings actually extend the life of the trust fund. The trustees’ 2010 report estimated that the ACA had added 12 years to the life of the Part A trust fund.
The ACA has PROLONGED Medicare’s life. But the worst of the lies that Republicans have trotted out is the trusty old “Death Panels”, or the idea that a government panel would decide if elderly people weren’t worthy of care anymore. This blatant lie has been debunked over and over again.
Well, that’s not stopping some GOP officials from trotting that idea out in the debate over the potential repeal of Obamacare. Take for instance this amazing moment from a town hall in Florida when local Republican official Bill Akins tried to use “Death Panels” as an argument for the repeal of a law that gives 20 million people healthcare.
Obamacare is more popular today than it has ever been before.