Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Democrats finally grow some balls

With the recent SCOTUS decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) conservatives are frothing from all orifices. As usual they lie with obnoxious volume and money and must be counteracted with similar intensity and cash. Instead of their usual MO of cowtowing the Democrats have decided to stand and fight on the issue. The conservative echo chamber says the ACA penalty if you don't buy insurance will be a tax burden on the entire middle class. The White House says to call it what it is in no uncertain terms: Bullshit. And asks Dems to stand up and do so en masse. The facts provided by the White House:

  • President Obama has cut taxes by $3,600 for the typical middle class family. Republican plans will raise taxes on middle class families to give millionaires and billionaires a $250,000 tax cut.
  • The facts are clear: the health care law provides a significant tax cut averaging about $4,000 for more than 18 million middle class people and families -- a tax cut Republicans in Washington are vowing to repeal, socking it to the middle class once again.
  • For those that can afford health insurance but stay uninsured -- forcing the rest of us to subsidize their care for free -- a penalty is administered. This is estimated by the CBO to affect 1 percent of the population. It is modeled on the health reform Governor Romney signed into law, where less than 1 percent have been affected by the Massachusetts penalty.
Here's hoping the rest of the Dems can grow a set like the White House has finally decided to do.

Also see Ed Shultz's debunking of the conservative lies.

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