Limbaugh: Reid and Murray Lying About Obamacare Woes [video]

Limbaugh: Reid and Murray Lying About Obamacare Woes

Senator Harry Reid, (D) Nevada, and his distinguished colleague Senator Patty Murray, (D) Washington, have both publicly said that the stories about the damage which Obamacare is wreaking on the American public are all lies and fabrications. Rush Limbaugh, the bombastic broadcaster from the right, has called both Democrats out for lying about the Obamacare woes. It seems that the most popular lie of the past decade “if you like your policy, you can keep your policy,” is causing more damage than simply skyrocketing taxes and disappearing doctors.

Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, seems to have consistently lived up to every dire prognostication which Republicans and conservatives foretold. The act itself was dubbed as the “single greatest tax increase” in known history; not one of the lawmakers who voted for the bill has read more than a fraction of it, in its entirety. Bureaucratic panels empowered to judge whether a life-saving procedure should be paid for or not, based on criteria which are none too clear, do indeed represent “death panels.”

Senator Reid was very clear when he said that the “horror stories coming out of the news” about people suffering unduly and losing their healthcare completely, are all untrue, and fabricated out of whole cloth. In an almost knee-jerk Democrat response, Reid accused Limbaugh and Fox News of being the true sources of all that misinformation. Sadly, for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have completely lost their insurance, Reid could not be more wrong. It almost seems as if Reid and Murray cannot help but lie about the woes of Obamacare, with Limbaugh being the most likely target.

Senator Murray was equally disingenuous, when she announced on the Senate floor that people should stop listening to the Rush Limbaugh Show, because he was spreading lies about Obamacare.

This is hardly the first time the Democrat senator from Nevada has opened his mouth and inserted his foot, where Limbaugh is concerned. Back in 2007, Senator Reid wrote a letter and had 40 of his Democrat colleagues cosign it, asking the CEO of Clear Channel broadcasting to basically fire Limbaugh for comments he made on his show. Limbaugh of course, who had only spoken the truth, took to the airwaves asking why the Democrat Speaker of the House had attempted to have a private citizen fired, from the bully pulpit of the Senate floor.

Limbaugh then made history by auctioning off the letter on eBay for an unprecedented $2,100,100 which he donated to the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Fund, after matching the amount. Limbaugh sits on the board of the fund, which donates free-ride scholarships to the children of fallen American heroes.

Since Obama was inaugurated to office in 2009, there are fewer Americans with health insurance – by percentages and real numbers. Unfortunately, many of those newly uninsured Americans were suffering from medical conditions which required very special insurance coverages. The Affordable Care Act has proven so onerous, costly and labyrinthine that it is causing far more damage than the Democrats seem to have anticipated. In that no Republican had their name anywhere near the passage of the ACA, it is politically critical for the Democrats to paint is rosy a picture about its application, as possible.

These terrible horror stories regarding Obamacare could well spell the end of the Democrat majority in the Senate, as well as costing them the presidency come 2016. Limbaugh is correct to point out that Reid and Murray are lying about the Obamacare woes, because the major media seems disinclined to call them out on it.

Commentary by Ben Gaul

Sources:

Daily Caller     CS Monitor     Washington Post

RushLimbaugh.com 1     RushLimbaugh.com 2

12 Responses to "Limbaugh: Reid and Murray Lying About Obamacare Woes [video]"

  1. chewbugga   March 1, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Because before ACA, no one EVER had a problem with health ins.

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    • Jerry Butler   March 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Before ACA,,, many people could not AFFORD health insurance – perhaps you meant the remark as irony… there are countless tales of insurance companies dropping folk for specious reasons.

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      • Ben Gaul   March 2, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        Before the government got involved in health insurance, it was affordable, portable, available across state lines and immensely more effective. The government, by its very nature, cannot help but make things less effective, less efficient and more expensive.

        Obamacare does all of that, to the power of 10.

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  2. TLBenson   March 1, 2014 at 11:45 am

    In fairness, Reid eventually qualified his statements by saying that: “I can’t say that every one of the Koch brother’s ads are a lie, but a vast, vast majority of them are.”

    Considering that Polifact shows that 83 percent of statements from Americans for Prosperity are partly, mostly, or pants on fire false, Reid’s claim might be hyperbolic and politically polarizing, but not false in any literal sense. Here is Polifact’s scoring http://www.politifact.com/personalities/americans-prosperity/.

    I’ve seen most of these AFP ads, and they are the sort of misrepresentation that would have the nuns rapping your knuckles in school for breaking the ninth commandment. Polifact was being nice.

    As for claims in this piece, considering that the ACA sign-up period has not closed, and that everyone (notably CBO) knows it will take several years to reach full numbers, the undocumented claim that “Since Obama was inaugurated to office in 2009, there are fewer Americans with health insurance – by percentages and real numbers” doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the effects of the ACA law itself.

    As for the “no Republicans voted for the bill” argument, it is well-documented that the GOP leadership decided on a scorched earth response to any and all Obama policies (no matter how much they themselves had endorsed these same health care ideas) as a political gimmick to win in 2010. The main features of the ACA, including the use of tax cuts to fund purchase of private insurance policies and Medicaid-style subsidies for the working poor, was quite similar to the GOP’s pre-2009 congressional ideas and the McCain proposal of 2008. They voted against it for political strategy, not policy idea reasons.

    But here’s the bottom line. Until the GOP develops an alternative to Obamacare that can get consensus across the party, including the Tea wing, the ACA will remain the law of the land. The Burr-Coburn proposal has some good elements but is Obamacare lite, and won’t get Tea Party approval. And would end coverage for many more millions than Obamacare’s ban on cheap junk policies did, making it pretty well toxic. The Republican Study Committee proposals and Ben Carson’s catastrophic coverage only plans wouldn’t get majority GOP support, either.

    We won’t move forward on health care until the GOP gets party unity around a single health care reform plan that can get turned into law. Until that happens, any criticisms of the ACA will be more about elections and half-factual ads, not policy.

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    • Ben Gaul   March 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks for the comment, TL Benson. You raise some excellent questions which deserve answers. I’ll write a piece on all of the Republican alternatives to the ACA which Ried et al have stuffed in the pigeon hole and their sycophantic Democrat major media lapdogs have studiously refused to report on.

      I appreciate the inspiration.

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  3. Jerry Butler   March 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Here are a few – chew on this:
    http://www.politifact.com/personalities/rush-limbaugh/

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    • Ben Gaul   March 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      When decidedly leftist “fact check” orgs are cited as proof-positive that “conservatives are bad people,” I am forced to dismiss their slant for the propaganda it represents.

      http://www.politifactbias.com/

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      • Jerry Butler   March 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        The commonly accepted term for pre-judging is “prejudice”, which is what you exhibit here. No matter the facts, they must be lefties to disagree with your prejudice..

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  4. Delores Kirkwood   February 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    And this accusation is coming from a proven liar. Gimme a break.

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    • Ben Gaul   February 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Delores.

      Can you be so kind as to cite that lie and perhaps give some of the proof? I ask, sincerely, because I personally have been listening to the Rush Limbaugh radio show for as long as he has been on the air. That means back when his show was produced in Sacramento California, more years ago that I’m willing to admit.

      In all of this time, 100 percent of what I have heard negative about him has either been completely skewed, taken utterly out of context or, as Harry Reid so adroitly put it, “all of it lies and fabrication.” Invariably, the people who claim to know Rush so very well, seem to have only heard of him through third-party reports given by people who absolutely hate his guts. They never seem to have listened to him for longer than two minutes, for themselves.

      So please, what “proven lie” do you speak of?

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      • Ned Ryerson   March 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

        I’m sorry, did you not read the article, sir? Have you not been paying attention to the news? Did you not watch the Fox News clip of the woman with her daughter’s health issues, and how they are now stuck in some crap plan that fails to address her needs? Let me reiterate: Millions are being thrown OFF their plans. Millions more are seeing SKYROCKETING costs. Doctors are LEAVING their practices, which means less providers available for more people. Are you that ignorant? Are you really that much of an apologist for the greatest lie told to people who actually had hope for this screwed up law? The lies keep being defended by Reid, Obama and their cohorts, by accusing those exposing them of lying. You have no idea what you are talking about. Nothing like carrying water for the greatest fraud, liar and tyrant this nation has ever seen. Go back to sleep, sheep.

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      • Victor   March 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

        1. “It has not been proven that nicotine is addictive, the same with cigarettes causing emphysema [and other diseases].” (Radio show, 4/29/94)

        2. LIMBAUGH: On the Republicans’ “Contract With America”: “The New York Times never ran anything on the contract ’til after the election. The rest of the news media hardly talked about it at all.” (TV, 4/6/95)

        REALITY: In the 42 days between the announcement of the “Contract with America” and the Nov. 8, 1994 election, the New York Times published 45 articles that mentioned the contract–more than one a day. The Nexis computer database reports that more than 1400 pieces mentioning the contract were published before the election.

        3. LIMBAUGH: “Banks take the risks in issuing student loans and they are entitled to the profits.” (Radio show, quoted in FRQ, Summer/93)

        REALITY: Banks take no risks in issuing student loans, which are federally insured.

        4. LIMBAUGH: Comparing the 1950s with the present: “And I might point out that poverty and economic disparities between the lower and upper classes were greater during the former period.” (Told You So, p. 84)

        REALITY: Income inequality, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau, fell from the 1940s to the late 1960s, and then began rising. Inequality surpassed the 1950 level in 1982 and rose steadily to all-time highs in 1992. (Census Bureau’s “Money Income of Households, Families and Persons in the United States”)

        5. LIMBAUGH: “Oh, how they relished blaming Reagan administration policies, including the mythical reductions in HUD’s budget for public housing, for creating all of the homeless! Budget cuts? There were no budget cuts! The budget figures show that actual construction of public housing increased during the Reagan years.” (Ought to Be, p. 242-243)

        REALITY: In 1980, 20,900 low-income public housing units were under construction; in 1988, 9,700, a decline of 54 percent ;Statistical Abstracts of the U.S).In terms of 1993 dollars, the HUD budget for the construction of new public housing was slashed from $6.3 billion in 1980 to $683 million in 1988. “We’re getting out of the housing business. Period,” a Reagan HUD official declared in 1985.

        6. LIMBAUGH: “There’s no such thing as an implied contract.” (Radio show, quoted in FRQ, Spring/93)

        REALITY: Every first-year law student knows there is.

        Source:
        http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1895

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