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Bill Maher And Congressman Give Tea Partier Lesson In Obama Care With VIDEO

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Bill Maher: I want to correct this one idea they have, that Americans don't like Obamacare, because I see this poll all the time. 54% of Americans are against Obamacare. Not really true, because 16% of that 54% want it to be more Left. They want single->


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Kit B (276)
Monday October 7, 2013, 7:50 pm
Photo Credit: Real Time with Bill Maher and The Daily Kos

President Obama and his administration should consider adding Congressman Alan Grayson as their spokesperson for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). After Bill Maher corrected the record in which many are led to believe that most people hate Obamacare. Turns out within that batch of people who do not like Obamacare are those who think it did not go far enough. They wanted a single payer system. Rep. Grayson used sixty seconds to explain the deficiency of the private insurance system that Democrats chose to appease unfettered free market capitalist, to empathetically describe the benefits of Obamacare personalizing it with his wifeís pre-existing condition, and to scold the Tea Party for their inhumanness in wanting these benefits gone.

Bill Maher: I want to correct this one idea they have, that Americans donít like Obamacare, because I see this poll all the time. 54% of Americans are against Obamacare. Not really true, because 16% of that 54% want it to be more Left. They want single payer. So itís really only 38% of the people who are on your team (Tea Party Team).

Matt Kibbe: I donít think thatís right.

Bill Maher: No, that is right. Those are facts. We are not arguing opinion now. Those are the facts.

Rep. Alan Grayson: And these are people who recognize that there are fundamental, how should I put this, conflict of interest between you and your insurance company. Even if we switch to no government involvement at all, people would still get insurance and they would be in a situation where every time you needed care you would be taking money out of the pockets, the profit of your insurance company. And we havenít taken a step beyond that. But Obamacare does do useful things. Itís put 4 million people who are up to the age of 26 on the rolls by joining their parentsí plans. Itís closed 3/4 of the donut hole so seniors donít have to choose between their medicines and pay their rent. It has taken 35 million people including my wife by the way, 35 million people who couldnít get insurance because of pre-existing conditions, now they can. And now, insurance companies if you have expensive care canít literally pull the plug on you when you are in a coma. Those are all good things. And those are all things that the Tea Party is desperate to eliminate.

****Watch video clip from Real Time with Bill Maher here at VISIT SITE****

A slight arithmetic correction needs to be made to Maher's statement. He said 16% of the 54% who do not like Obamacare are those who want a system more to the Left. He should have said 16 of the 54 percentage points. Otherwise he undercounts those who want a more Left system.

To be sure, CNN/ORC has a more recent poll conducted between September 27 and 29th that corroborates Maherís assertion though the numbers are slightly different. In this poll 38% favor Obamacare while 57% oppose the law. The same dynamics is apparent. 11% oppose the bill because itís not Liberal enough. In other words 49% like Obamacare or want a more Liberal Obamacare while 46% do not.

Early on in the program Maher showed some interviews that make it obvious that most of the information most people could recite were the provable lies and misinformation spouted by Fox News, Right Wing Radio, and Republicans that are given unfettered access to the airwaves for misinformation saturation. Based on early results those that get access to the real options in Obamacare are happy with the results. As such it is likely Obamacare will poll much higher as time goes by.

By: Egberto Willies | The Daily Kos |

Jason S (50)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:25 pm
Good posting, thanks

Past Member (0)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:30 pm
Universal, single payer health care: it's what works in all the countries that have better health care than we do...and it costs them far less than our inefficient system costs us.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:27 pm
Only once in a while do I miss television. Tanks for the video. I would like to say that Vermont is still on track for single payer.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 4:28 pm
****Thanks. correction.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 5:59 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. I was so glad when I heard this on Real Time last week. Count me among those who want to take out the "middleman" insurance companies. In fact, what we had was "Health Insurance Reform," not a real reform of the healthcare system. Yes, there were many good points in the ACA. Many of us are hoping that it will be the "stepping stone" to Medicare For All....although some of the guests on that show say that isn't the earlier interview with Mr. Emmanuel.

Sheryl G (359)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7:09 pm
I can't access video for some reason. But I did read the article. I'm in the group that wanted us to go Universal so if I was asked, I'd say no I didn't want the Affordable Health Care Act, I'd want Universal Health Care or whatever one wants to call it, Single Payer or Medicare for all.

But unlike the Republicans, I'm willing to give this a go because I know more people will be helped, and hope in the future we can do better. I don't see where our 11% who wanted Universal Health Care is shutting down the Government because we didn't get what we wanted.

Vivian B (169)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 7:45 pm
I watched this episode of Real Time and the Hon. Rep. Grayson was spot on with his explanation! It's time we all were able to access medical care when and where we need it! The only reason Repubes want to slow-play, de-fund or do away all together is that they will be missing out on all the money they would get if it doesn't go thru.
It's time Repuglicans get used to the bill and fund it, before they cut their own throats in the next election. This extortion of the U.S. people has some real consequences and they are all bad for the American people!
People are dying in wars and their families can't get their death benefits because of this sh+tdown of the government!
It is just so unfathomable that a party in the U.S. would hold people hostage for their pitiable excuses! In the 21st century and in the now "best country" in the world to live, for the politicians to act like pouty little brats just because they don't get their way is way beyond imaginable, let alone sane!
Here's hoping that the party that backs business to the hilt, will let the country get back to business!

Katie & Bill D (107)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 8:43 pm
It has gone thru It is the Law of the Land now and there's no going back that reubs and teaers hate this!!!
They sat day after day not saying anything when it went thru then wasted the taxpayer's money doing what 42 repeals?? Supreme Court approved it and they still want to re-peal! This truely does make them Idiots!
Thank You Kit

pam w (139)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 9:29 am

Barbara K (61)
Wednesday October 9, 2013, 12:02 pm
Yes, REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER. The Rs have been spewing so many lies that they don't even want to know the truth. After all, they all have the Koch Bros script to follow; and it is all lies.

KICK THEM OUT. VOTE IN THE PRIMARIES TOO, THAT IS WHERE SOME SEATS ARE DECIDED. We must rid ourselves of this rabid bunch or we won't get anywhere. They want to make us toast. So be sure we all get out of our chairs and vote every election.


Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 7:03 am
Like others have said - remember in November.
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