Just a little something America should finally understand. I'm talkin' to YOU, Republicans:
— Justin the Wolfman (@JustinWolfers) October 31, 2013
Republicans are actually defending junk insurance, just as they defended their irrational GOP shutdown. And the only reason they're doing that is to create another "Obama is a failure" meme. The Affordable Care Act was based on a Heritage Foundation idea, with the support of Newt Gingrich. WaPo:
Gingrich and Romney engaged in a brief but heated spat during the Oct. 18 GOP debate...
Romney: Actually, Newt, we got the idea of an individual mandate from you.
Gingrich: That’s not true. You got it from the Heritage Foundation.
Romney: Yes, we got it from you, and you got it from the Heritage Foundation and from you.
Gingrich: Wait a second. What you just said is not true. You did not get that from me. You got it from the Heritage Foundation.
Romney: And you never supported them?
Gingrich: I agree with them, but I’m just saying, what you said to this audience just now plain wasn’t true.
Romney: OK. Let me ask, have you supported in the past an individual mandate?
Gingrich: I absolutely did with the Heritage Foundation against Hillarycare.
[...] Gingrich continued to support mandates well after Massachusetts had implemented the so-called “RomneyCare” plan...
Nevertheless, now that it's called "Obamacare," the GOP is doing everything they can to discredit and destroy the ACA and the president. And they're spreading misinformation and lies everywhere, which all too many in the "news" media are more than happy to mis-report 24/7.
Hence, the pie chart.
One of my favorite columnists and Twitter pals, Michael Hiltzik, appeared on The Last Word and rocked it. Debunkitude galore: