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H/T: PolitiFact

That’s exactly right, Mr. President. 

The GOP’s stunts against the PPACA are in fact childish.

h/t: Dylan Scott at TPM

h/t: Joan McCarter at Daily Kos

Economist Mark Zandi debunked the myth that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been responsible for a shift away from full-time jobs to part-tijme work. Zandi’s analysis flies in the face of the popular right-wing talking point that the ACA has been responsible for a rise in part-time employment at the expense of full-time jobs.

Fox has consistently ignored data to make the false claim that the ACA has caused a shift from full-time work toward part-time work, often using dishonest anecdotes and analysis from the likes of Karl Rove to make its point.

On CNBC’s Squawk Box, Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, pushed back on the panel’s speculation that the ACA has been responsible for a rise in part-time employment. When asked if Rove was correct in claiming that ACA has led to a rise in part-time employment, Zandi responded with a “no.” Zandi later said of the part-time work claim: “I don’t see it in the data.”


The evidence is overwhelming that the Affordable Care Act has had little to no impact on full-time versus part-time job growth, and as Fox News personalities continue to push the myth, they find themselves in direct contradiction with analysis put forth by actual economists.


Over the past month, a number of far-right GOP lawmakers have advocated for shutting down the federal government in order to defund Obamacare — but those efforts are deeply unpopular with Republican voters. Just seven percent of Republicans want Congress to take steps to delay or defund the health reform law, according to a new poll from the Morning Consult group.

Altogether, the Morning Consult poll found that just six percent of registered voters favor delaying or defunding Obamacare. By far, it’s the least popular strategy for moving forward with the health reform law. Most people said they wanted to find a way to make the health law work. Thirty-one percent of respondents said that Congress should “make changes to improve the law,” 22 percent said Congress should let the law take effect, and 11 percent wanted Congress to expand the healthcare law further. Thirty percent wanted Obamacare to be repealed altogether.

The findings track with a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation that found that even when Americans have negative reactions to Obamacare, theystill don’t want to defund it.

Mainstream Republican lawmakers are similarly resistant to recent efforts to defund Obamacare. During the August recess, after several GOP lawmakers were confronted by angry constituents at town halls who demanded to know why they wanted to get rid of the health law’s consumer protections, many Republicans began to soften their rhetoric about forcing a government shutdown specifically to target the law. One GOP senator said defunding Obamacare in this way was the “dumbest idea” he’d ever heard. Even Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently acknowledged that these efforts to block Obamacare’s implementation likely won’t work.

Republicans typically tout the myth that Obamacare is deeply unpopular and the American public wants to get rid of it entirely. In fact, that’s not exactly the whole story. Although Americans do tend to say that they don’t like the health reform law as a whole, they do support its specific provisions without even realizing they’re part of Obamacare. Thanks to consistent misinformation campaigns about the health law, “Obamacare” has simply become a politically-charged buzzword, and Americans don’t realize how the law’s benefits are connected to the law itself.

Defunding PPACA is very unpopular.


Awesome video!

FreedomWorks = brazen liars.


(Credit: AP)

New Hampshire State Senator Andy Sanborn (R) was a guest host for a local radio show on Tuesday, and took the opportunity to compare the Affordable Care Act to Saturday’s deadly plane crash in San Francisco that claimed the lives of two teenagers and sent more than 180 people to the hospital.

Audio of the two-minute exchange with former State Senator Ray White was obtained by The Huffington Post, in which you can hear the lawmakers laughing as they decry how Obamacare “is barreling down on us like a jet landing into San Francisco, it’s [laughter]…it should make people really concerned.”

The comments quickly set off a flurry of condemnations, and Sanborn offered a politician’s apology within the day. “It was my mistake,” he told WMUR, a local television station. “If I offended anyone I am sorry.” He first told the station that he hadn’t remembered the comment. The state Democratic Party issued a statement in response to Sanborn.


Conservatives have been using a 10-year-old child in need of an organ transplant as a prop for their latest lies about ObamaCare. 

Although conservatives have tried to tie this case to Obamacare, the rule barring children under 12 from being placed on the adult transplant list was promulgated in 2005 under the Bush administration.

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Q: Did the IRS say that the cheapest health insurance plan under the federal health care law would cost $20,000 per family?

A: No. The IRS used $20,000 in a hypothetical example to illustrate how it will calculate the tax penalty for a family that fails to obtain health coverage as required by law. Treasury says the figure “is not an estimate of premiums.”

There you have it. The “Obamacare’s gonna cost $20,000 per family minimum” canard is just right-wing fiction.