Stuck On Repealing The Health Law
Obamacare is constitutional and it makes our health care more secure, but Republicans just can't let it go.
Connect: Americans are fed up with politicians trying to rehash old political fights instead of doing their jobs.
Define: Obamacare is constitutional and already making health care more secure for 250 million Americans. Insurance companies can't rip us off any more and people with pre-existing conditions are guaranteed coverage.
Affirm: It's no wonder most Americans think Obamacare improved our health care system and want Republicans to move on.
Contrast: But Republicans in Congress just can't let it go.
Expose: They'd rather keep wasting taxpayer time and money attacking the law and hoping no one notices that repealing Obamacare would let them go back to receiving the special lifetime benefits the rest of us can't get.
Look forward: It's time to move forward with implementing Obamacare, making our health care system better for everyone, and putting Americans back to work.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
AMERICANS SAY MOVE ON
- Most Americans say it's time for opponents of the health care law to give up their efforts to block the law and move on to other national problems.
- Most Americans also want the health care law left alone or kept with only small tweaks.
- Polls before the Supreme Court decision already showed that the majority of Americans think Obamacare is an improvement -- that it makes American health care better. That's because a lot of people think the health law doesn't go far enough or isn't liberal enough -- and if you include them, the polling shows just that.
- Now after the Court's ruling, even more people support the law: two-thirds support it or think it didn't go far enough.
REPUBLICANS STUCK ON REPEAL
- The repeal vote that Republicans in Congress have scheduled this week is their 31st attempt, even though this one is expected to fail just like every single repeal vote before it.
- Under the health care law, Members of Congress will get their coverage through the health insurance exchanges like regular Americans. But if Obamacare is repealed, they'd get to go back to receiving more generous health benefits that aren't available to most people.
- These politicians and their corporate allies have also spent hundreds of millions of dollars on attack ads, outspending the law's supporters by 3-1.
- Mitt Romney has vowed to repeal the health care law on his first day in office.
WHAT GOP WANTS TO TAKE AWAY
- Obamacare is making health insurance more secure for the 250 million Americans who already have it, whether through private insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.
- Obamacare is fully paid for and lowers the deficit. Repealing it will increase the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next decade and by more than $1 trillion over the decade after that.
- Despite the media repeating the right-wing's false spin on the health care and all the false attack ads, most people actually like what the health care law does, like --
- Guaranteed coverage: keeping insurance companies from denying you coverage just because you have a pre-existing condition or dropping you just when you get sick.
- No more lifetime limits: ending lifetime dollar limits on your coverage, so that you won't have to worry about your insurer cutting you off when you're seriously ill or injured.
- Reining in insurance company waste: making sure that insurance companies don't siphon off your premium dollars to pad their profits and making them refund you when they try to.
- Level playing field for small businesses: enabling small businesses to band together to get the same lower rates that big corporations get and giving them tax credits to make it more affordable to cover their workers.
- Stronger Medicare: saving you money on your prescription drugs, covering free preventive services, and wringing out waste and fraud so Medicare's finances are even stronger.
- Securing young Americans' futures: preventing insurance companies from kicking your kids off your insurance plan and helping you stay healthy while you finish college or look for a job.
ATTACKS AND RESPONSES
FALSE ATTACK: "Obamacare is creating uncertainty and killing jobs growth."
- Take it from businesses themselves -- they say Republicans are the ones creating uncertainty with their threats to repeal Obamacare.
- The health care law gives small businesses more control by enabling them to band together to get the same lower rates that big corporations get and giving them tax credits to make it more affordable to cover their workers.
- Making insurance more affordable is how health reform will help American businesses create millions of jobs over the next decade. Not only that, Obamacare also means freedom for entrepreneurs to start new companies without worrying about losing their family's coverage.
- Look, Americans are tired of Republican politicians dwelling on this. Republican politicians need to quit wasting taxpayer time and money attacking the law. It's time to move forward.
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