Not sure how much of a surprise it is since they do it every year around the anniversary of his election.
The president kicked ass today. He not only explained the Affordable Care Act clearly and thoroughly, he also debunked and mocked the usual GOP talking points, the lies, the misinformation, and even Fox:
He spoke at Prince Georges Community College in suburban Washington, DC. Here are a few excerpts:
But you don't have to take my word for it. If you talked to somebody who said, "Well, I don't know, I was watching Fox News and they said this is horrible." (LAUGHTER)
And you -- and you can say, "You know what, don't take my word for it. Go on the website. See for yourself what the prices are. See for yourself what the choices are. Then make up your own mind." Just make -- that's all I'm asking. Make up your own mind.
I promise you, if you go on the website and it turns out you're going to save $100, $200, $300 a month on your insurance, or you'll be able to buy insurance for the first time, even if you didn't vote for me, I'll bet you'll sign up for that health care plan. (APPLAUSE)...
I mean, think about it. These are -- these are billionaires several times over. You know they've got good health care. (LAUGHTER)
But they are actually spending money on television trying to convince young people that if you've got the choice between getting affordable health care or going without health care, you should choose not having any health care.
Now, do you think if you get sick or you get hurt and you get stuck with a massive bill, these same folks, they're going to help you out? Or are they going to pay for your health care?
It is interesting, though, how over the last couple years, the Republican Party has -- has just spun itself up around this issue. And the fact is, the Republicans' biggest fear at this point is not that Affordable Care Act will fail. What they're worried about is it's going to succeed. (APPLAUSE)
I mean, think about it. If it was as bad as they said it was going to be, then they could just go ahead and let it happen, and then everybody would hate it so much, and then everybody would vote to repeal it, and that would be the end of it. So what is it that they're so scared about?
So if it actually works, they'll look pretty bad. If it actually works, that will mean that everything they were saying really wasn't true and they were just playing politics.
Just the other day, one Republican in Congress said we need to shut this thing down before the marketplaces open and people get to see that they'll be getting coverage and getting these subsidies, because -- and -- and I'm going to quote him here -- he said, "It's going to prove almost impossible to undo Obamacare."
Right? So -- so, in other words, we've got to shut this thing down before people find out that they like it. (LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE)
That's a strange argument. Don't you think that's a strange argument?
As Chris Hayes wisely put it, the fact that the GOP is "so intent on spinning #Obamacare ahead of time shows they're actually nervous the thing's gonna work."
Here is an excerpt from a newly released Whitehouse.gov report:
Premiums before tax credits will be more than 16 percent lower than projected
The weighted average second lowest cost silver plan for 48 states (including DC) is 16 percent below projections based on the ASPE-derived Congressional Budget Office
On Tuesday, President Obama urged the uninsured to ignore the fierce political debate over the healthcare law and see for themselves next week how much they would have to pay for coverage.
Premiums will vary from state to state and will change even more depending on factors such as smoking status, age and geography within the state.
But on average, across the 36 states where the federal government is running the insurance marketplaces, premiums next year will be 16 percent lower than expected, the Health and Human Services Department said in a report.
There are so many lies and so much misinformation be spread around by nail-biting Republicans that it's hard to keep up. As President Obama has always said, yes there will be glitches. There always are when there's a huge roll out of a huge program. But when all is said and done, more Americans will be covered more fairly, more broadly.
As for those inane accusations of socialism, what part of Big Insurance profiting handily from the Affordable Care Act don't these loons grasp?
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