We Have an Obamacare Truther

No matter what you want to say about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the one thing you can’t deny is that it has dramatically reduced the number of Americans who don’t have health insurance. Well, unless you’re an Obamacare truther like one Republican legislator:

Over the past several years, several major surveys have all been delivering the same conclusion: The number of uninsured Americans is falling. One congressman, though, doesn’t believe it.

In an interview with the Trussville Tribune earlier this week, freshman Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) declared that, on net, no additional people have gained insurance since the passage of Obamacare. “I’m not sure that’s true that more people are covered,” Palmer declared after the host noted that more people have health care today than in 2010. “There’s just about as many people uninsured now as there were before the Affordable Care Act.”

No, there aren’t. The old cliche is that you’re entitled to your own opinions but not to your own facts, a lesson Palmer seems not to have learned.

On that front, analysts agree that the law has been a remarkable success. When Obamacare’s insurance exchanges were first implemented in late 2013, the uninsured rate stood at 18 percent. According to Gallup, that rate has fallen every quarter since then, and currently clocks in one-third lower at 11.9 percent.

That means millions of people have health insurance now that didn’t have it before. You could try and argue that it isn’t worth it, that there are other ways to achieve the same thing, or any number of other things. But to just pretend that it’s not the case is beyond absurd.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    But to just pretend that it’s not the case is beyond absurd.

    That’s the price of entry to Republican primaries today, Ed.

  • John Pieret

    The Republican party … a truth-free zone.

    It will be interesting to see what will happen if SCOTUS does hold that only state exchanges can grant subsidies. The Republicans will be caught between the rock of the low information teabagger voters and the hard place of tens or hundreds of thousands of voters who will lose their insurance. Though it would be amusing, the bottom line is likely, unfortunately, to be a poorer, sicker nation.

  • dingojack

    Compare —

    Statement A:

    “I’m not sure that’s true that more people are covered,” Palmer declared after the host noted that more people have health care today than in 2010. “There’s just about as many people uninsured now as there were before the Affordable Care Act.”

    And

    Statement B:

    “When Obamacare’s insurance exchanges were first implemented in late 2013, the uninsured rate stood at 18 percent. According to Gallup, that rate has fallen every quarter since then, and currently clocks in one-third lower at 11.9 percent.”

    In order for both statements to be true, then America’s population since late 2013 would have had to have increased by over 51.26% in about one and two-thirds years.

    Ya think that’s likely, Palmer ya moron? @@

    Dingo

    ———

    Let the number of uninsured people in late 2013 and mid 2015 both equal X.

    Then the total population of America in late 2013 equals Y1 = X/0.18

    and the total population of America in mid 2015 equals Y2 = X/0.119.

    0.18 x Y1 = X = Y2 x 0.119

    Y2/Y1 = 0.18/0.119 = 1.512605…

    Therefore the total population of America in mid 2015 (Y2) = 1.512605 x the total population of America in late 2013 (Y1). [a growth rate of over (say) 28% per year in population, around 90M per year! Must be all those Chinese/Mexican/Muslim immigrants and their anchor babies hiding out in down-town Detroit and other wilderness areas, amiright?]

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    But to just pretend that it’s not the case is beyond absurd.

    Beyond absurd? Hardly. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. By lunch I’ve put them forward as a bill.

  • sabrekgb

    Rep. Palmer’s fact has the distinct flavor of truthiness about it. I say we take it as gospel, repeal obamacare, and try something else to get those sick poor people out of my sight…like a universal single payer system. Down with Obamacare!

  • Lady Mondegreen

    Beyond absurd? Hardly. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. By lunch I’ve put them forward as a bill.

    Have I told you lately that I love you?

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    I don’t know why people say Canadians are boring. They’re nice, but not boring. YKWYA

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Lady Mondegreen “Have I told you lately that I love you?”

    It’s assumed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/teve.tory Teve Tory

    i now have health insurance for the first time in 10 years. Thanks to President Obama.

    Gary Palmer is a dipshit.

  • birgerjohansson

    Palmer forgot to mention that president Obama let 9/11 happen, despite being warned twice by the intelligence community.

  • dingojack

    birgerjohansson – you forgot to mention allowing the British to burn the White House —

    Thanks Obama!

    Dingo

  • colnago80

    Re birgerjohansson @ #10

    Not to mention how Obama allowed the attack on Pearl Harbor, despite intelligence that indicated an attack somewhere was coming.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    Dingo, you get the extra mark for showing your work.

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    Dingo, well that was because he attacked Toronto (as it then wasn’t).

  • dingojack

    … And he was organising those savage Red Indians when he should have been all shackled, cowering & all ‘un-uppitty’ himself!

    Thanks Obama!!

    Dingo

  • johzek

    Well he did say that he wasn’t sure about it and since it seems that it wouldn’t take long for either he or his staff to determine the correct answer (both absolute and percentage) I’m going to conclude that he just isn’t interested in knowing it.

  • http://essaressellwye.tumblr.com Hershele Ostropoler

    Why have I never heard horror stories? Like, every time the Republicans present someone who lost insurance or got priced out of insurance due to Obamacare, it turns out they lost it for some other reason and blamed Obamacare, or got an Australian divorce from their insurance and said “Obamacare made me do it,” or were eligible for subsidies and chose not to accept them (or didn’t bother to find out) because it’s all that wicked Obamacare, or in some other way at least partly brought it on themselves.

    And I’m fairly sure there are genuine horror stories. I’ve heard about some, and I believe them, because noting is perfect and there are no unmixed blessings in politics. And the existence of horror stories doesn’t invalidate the whole thing or make Obamacare a net negative. But somehow the horror stories, the real ones, always seem to happen to liberals.

  • blf

    It’s quite simple. Anyone who has, or has better / cheaper, health coverage due to the ACA, obviously is not a Real USAian™, but someone icky. Also brown, black, plus furrin. And Teh Gay. With Ebola. Lazy unemployed freeloading female cooties.

    No Real USAian™ uses that stoopid moolsin ACA blah blah blah, ergo, nobody is benefiting from it.

    Also, Benghazi.