Running against the ACA is risky because it already is working. In states that have set up well-functioning exchanges, such as California and Kentucky, enrollment is running ahead of projections. A nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report stated that the ACA will stimulate the economy, and that the cost to the government will be lower than projected.
The same report said 2.5 million people, many suffering nagging health problems, would be able to retire because they could continue to buy health insurance. Some Republicans have misstated these retirements as the loss of 2.5 million jobs. The CBO report makes clear that not only does the retirements make it easier for younger people to find jobs because of reduced competition, but that the ACA actually will increase the number of jobs.
Republicans correctly assert that government guarantees to insurance companies – which limit potential losses because of the ACA – will cost $8 billion.
However, they neglect to mention that it also produces $16 billion in revenues, a net $8 billion surplus.
Yes, some people’s premiums have gone up, but many times more people have seen decreased premiums, and millions more are now insured who previously had no coverage.
As to the deficit, Obama has cut the annual deficit in half since taking office. Remember the last time a Republican held the presidency? He took a budget surplus and turned it into an economic disaster.
The current Republican Party is bereft of ideas, so all they can do is misrepresent or blatantly lie about Democratic programs.