When then Vice President George H.W. Bush defeated Sen. Bob Dole in the 1988 New Hampshire primary, Dole famously admonished Bush to “stop lying about my record.”
It has often been stated here that Obamacare opponents should stick to the facts. It could just as easily be said that foes are flat-out lying about the Affordable Care Act.
The latest example is health insurance premiums, which Republicans have long claimed would “skyrocket” due to Obamacare. But the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has just declared that “lower-than-expected health insurance premiums under Obamacare will help cut the long-term cost of the program 7 percent over the next decade,” as the Los Angeles Times put it.
These estimates show “the law costing less than in previous estimates in part because of the broad and persistent slowdown in the growth of health care costs,” according to The New York Times.
Bear in mind that these are new trends and one has to begin to suspect a cause-and-effect relationship between Obamacare and health-care costs.
Meanwhile, the CBO has increased its estimates on how many people will sign up for Obamacare, even while new reports indicate that insurance purchases outside the ACA exchanges are actually more significant than those within the exchange. People who don’t qualify for ACA subsidies are dealing directly with insurance companies to get their coverage.
"I think it's probably the case that there are more people insured in the individual market off the exchange than on the exchange right now,” said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
It all adds up to new coverage for possibly close to 19 million people since the new law took effect, when you add in those who have gained coverage through Medicaid.
So think about what the Repeal Obamacare crowd is saying. Is it saying that these 19 million Americans should lose this coverage?