Ex-GOP Activist: Republican Pols Lie About Obamacare
The Sunday Savannah Morning News carried a scorcher of an op-ed by Clint Murphy, a former Republican operative from Georgia and a cancer survivor:
It seems almost daily that you have a Republican candidate or elected official is making inaccurate statements or using various stories to fit their narrative of what’s wrong with the law.
As a Rotarian, we repeat a Four Way Test that asks, in part, “Of the things we think, say, or do, is it the truth?” I would submit to you that most of the Republican elected officials and candidates for office cannot answer in the affirmative to that question as it relates to the scare tactics being used to derail the ACA.
At the core of the act is the individual mandate that all able-bodied individuals purchase health insurance. This is consistent with individuals taking personal responsibility for their lives and actions. This idea originated with the conservative Heritage Foundation in 1994 and was adopted by the Republican Party as its position on health insurance reform, up until it was made a part of the reforms of the ACA in 2009. Republicans abandoned this position simply because it was adopted by Democrats as part of the ACA.