Vanity Fair Rips Into Republicans for Dishonest Attack on Obamacare

Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald pulls no punches as he rips apart anti-Obamacare Republicans for the deceitful lies the GOP has told the public in a bid to postpone the affordable health care package, in a current article entitled,  "Are Republicans So Frantic to Stop Obamacare Because They Fear It Will Work?"


“What is it about Obamacare that compels seemingly intelligent people to explode in bubbling spasms of stupid?" Eichenwald writes. "Are they misinformed? Unable to see past the rage-fueled partisan sweat dripping into their eyes? Or just plain dishonest?"

As the gap between the GOP center and right widens following the government shutdown starting October 1, Eichenwald argues with candor that one day we will look back at the assault on Obamacare as one of the most embarrassing events in history:

“I have given up trying to understand the vehement opposition of so many who cannot offer up truthful reasons for their objections, and instead fuel the hatred and fears of the uninformed with the most illogical, mendacious, and fundamentally bizarre arguments that have ever been marshaled,” he says.

Eichenwald says the GOP is afraid Americans will soon realize the Affordable Care Act is not a “government takeover of healthcare” that Republicans have made it out to be, and he does not mince words:

“The lies are about to be exposed. And the Republicans are terrified of what the country will think when the veil of mendacity is torn away.  Little else can explain the hysteria that has grown ever louder with each passing day. Take one simple example, this squirm-inducing ad where a pervy Uncle Sam turns up at a young woman's gynecological exam. The message? Republicans are urging young people to forgo health insurance. Let me say that again: Republicans are urging young people to forgo health insurance. Not to vote against Democrats, not to lobby against Obamacare -- to forgo health insurance.

Eichenwald doesn’t hold back as he tackles the more recent lies told by the GOP at full force from dismissing the death panels debate to crushing conservative so-called thinker Betsy McGaughy for her ridiculous tirade that Obamacare would force doctors to ask patients personal questions about their sex lives and her misguided accusations about the “horrors” of electronic medical records:

“The time may well have come to reconsider whether (McGaughy) should ever be taken seriously again. That is, if you have in the past. In fact, her new diatribe suggests either she has a really bad doctor or she needs to see a good one … The discussion of sexual matters is not so the doctor can run off into the next room and giggle about pee-pees. It is an essential part of any medical exam because it can be a key contributor to someone’s health. ….

“Safety, quality, effectiveness, and efficiency? What a nightmare! Betsy, you better call (the company) right now and let them know that their system to make medical care better does not have your stamp of approval because—hell, I don’t know. You never explain a reason other than to suggest that the next Edward Snowden will leak everyone’s health-care information before fleeing to Russia,” he says.

On Day 2 of its first shutdown in 17 years, the federal government remains in lockdown with an estimated 800,000 federal employees having now been furloughed.

Read more of Eichenwald’s piece here.

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