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The Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act has unleashed another round of ridiculous spin from the folks on the Right, including the “government takeover of health care” claim which GOP spin-doctor-in-chief Frank Luntz has encouraged all Republicans to use since 2009.

It was false then and it is false now. It was dubbed the “Lie of the Year,” in 2010 by the Pulitzer Prize winning PolitiFact.

The latest spin from Right Wing Avenue is that the Affordable Care Act is the largest tax increase in history and will raise taxes on all Americans.

That may end up being the lie of the year for 2012. Here’s a explanation from Media Matters which includes this from the well-respected Congressional Budget Office.

After accounting for all of those factors, CBO and JCT estimate that about 4 million people will pay a penalty because they will be uninsured in 2016 (a figure that includes uninsured dependents who have the penalty paid on their behalf)

And as Paul Krugman eloquently reminds us this morning, the most important thing to remember about the ruling is that it will help provide health care for 30 million people who are currently uninsured.

The ruling also leaves in places a long list of benefits that millions of people are already receiving thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Thursday’s Fitzsimon File and this AP story  include a rundown of some of the ways the law is already helping people in North Carolina.

Since the law began to be phased in, more than 95,000 young adults in North Carolina became insured with coverage under their parents’ insurance plans, more that 1.1 million people on Medicare received free services such as mammograms and colonoscopies and more than 114,000 seniors received a $250 rebate to help pay for prescription drugs, according to the federal government. Nearly 4,000 residents who were locked out of insurance coverage system because of a pre-existing medical condition are now insured 

All that is what the Republicans and the folks on Right Wing Avenue want to stop with their lies and misleading spin.


  1. david esmay

    June 29, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Considering the insurance industry helped write the ACA and it’s favorable to them, this is just another prime example of GOP doublethink.
    “To know and not know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness, while telling carefully constructed lies” George Orwell, 1984
    The Republican party pinned their hopes of returning to power on putting Americans out of work and without health care. The right wants a permanent welfare state of people with low paying jobs, ill health, who will work endlessly for the rich.

  2. david esmay

    June 29, 2012 at 10:18 am

    One of the most glaring and misleading tactics of the GOP employs is to quote deficits, spending, and tax impacts without mentioning time frame- for example conservatives are screaming about 500 billion in new taxes as a result of ACA, what they purposely fail to mention is that this is an estimate from the CBO for 2010-2019, actual impact per year, 50 billion.
    The tax argument can easily be refuted by accounting for health care subsidies and the financial benfits that accrue back to taxpayers- the CBO estimates for those are not mentioned by Cons for obvious reasons.
    On balance, the net tax impact of the ACA is to increase taxes for health insures, a small segment of the population who can afford insurance, but do not purchase it, and some mid to large companies who don’t offer it to their employees… and provide subsidies and tax breaks back to people who cannot afford health insurance, there by increasing the total number of people covered by insurance.
    That’s not the balanced viewpoint the GOP wants to run on.

  3. Jack

    June 29, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    If the Right was watching and listening to CNN or FOX yesterday they had about 10 minutes of celebration. Makes me wonder from what one source they got their information?

    Yesterday I received one news push on my phone. When something nationally happens I get 3 or 4 or more pushes from national and local levels. The one push I did receive was from WTVD in Raleigh and it was correct.

    Thanks for the above post David.

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