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Why So Hysterical?

By The Reverend Published: October 24, 2013

These are the types of hysterical statements we've become accustomed to hearing from Republicans over the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....

"....Obamacare is already destroying job creation, it's already hurting our economy," (Rep. Paul) Broun (R-GA) insisted. "It's already destroying jobs, it's going to destroy our liberty, it's going to destroy everything."

"It's going to push us into a total economic collapse of America. And that's exactly what I mean by it's going to destroy America."

I think Broun captured the conservative hatred for Obamacare perfectly....."it's going to destroy everything."

The problem with conservative rage against the ACA is the over-the-topness of that rage. The ACA is a law which expands health insurance coverage to more Americans through market-based insurance exchanges where for-profit insurers "compete" for new customers. Not exactly superpower-destroying stuff.

But if you agree with Mr. Paul Broun about the ACA "destroying everything".....then you really are not going to appreciate the following....

The Affordable Care Act is already working: Intense price competition among health plans in the marketplaces for individuals has lowered premiums below projected levels. As a result of these lower premiums, the federal government will save about $190 billion over the next 10 years, according to our estimates. These savings will boost the health law’s amount of deficit reduction by 174 percent and represent about 40 percent of the health care savings proposed by the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform—commonly known as the Simpson-Bowles commission—in 2010.

Let me ask a simple question here: Does that sound like the ACA is "destroying everything?" Could an honest person conclude from those numbers that the ACA would "bankrupt" the country?

Further, isn't it true that conservative Republicans tell us that they are the fiscally responsible and deficit hawkish political party? Always worry-warting over the "nation destroying" deficit....unless of course a Republican is president? Isn't that why Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) voted to shut down the government and default on the debt? Because Renacci, like a Pitbull, is guarding against out of control government spending?

From the beginning, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the ACA would cut the national deficit over ten years by approximately $100 billion. Republicans mocked and ridiculed the CBO report. Now we have another report projecting the deficit reduction as a result of the ACA at $190 billion over ten years....because of lower than projected health insurance premium costs.

So, my questions today begin with this.....Shouldn't conservative, deficit hawks who are oh-so-hot-and-bothered about debt and deficits....when a Democrat is in the White House....be celebrating the huge deficit reduction contained in the ACA? Shouldn't these Serious protectors of the nation's economy be trumpeting the glorious deficit reduction powers of the ACA?

And if these Serious deficit hawking Republicans, the same ones who just finished knocking off .6% from fourth quarter GNP in their shite-fit over closing government and stonewalling a debt-limit increase, refuse to celebrate these new deficit reduction numbers inherent in the ACA......could it be argued that they aren't really concerned about the deficit?

If Republicans really believe, as Dick Cheney made very clear, that "deficits don't matter, Reagan proved that"....and the ACA exchanges are, in essence, a conservative market-based concept.....and, anyway, the ACA will reduce deficits by $190 billion.....what really is causing conservatives and Republicans to talk and act so.....well....insane about Obamacare?

One more.....if it is true (it isn't) that Obamacare will destroy...everything, then why are so many conservatives complaining so much about the sketchy rollout of the exchanges? Shouldn't conservatives be celebrating the problems....I mean, if the ACA will destroy everything? Why are so many Republicans whining so loudly for Obama and Sebelius to fix the exchange website....if they don't want Americans to sign up in the first place?

Lots of questions. I need answers.

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