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Mitt Romney and Republicans Want to Refight Political Battles of the Past, Again Using Partisan Scare Tactics to Distort the Truth about Obamacare

Mitt Romney and the Republicans want to refight political battles of the past and deny millions of Americans affordable health care. They’re doubling down on distortions and partisan scare tactics, even trying to mislead people by shouting that the free rider penalty is a “tax.” In reality, that penalty would affect only 1 percent of Americans and keep their medical costs from shifting to the rest of us – and it’s the same policy Mitt Romney put in place in Massachusetts.

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional. It’s already helping millions of Americans save money and live healthier lives, and will help millions more in the years to come. No American is losing coverage or going bankrupt just because they get sick, preexisting conditions are being covered, and millions of Americans will keep saving money on their premiums, preventive care and prescription drugs.

Mitt Romney and the Republicans are at it again. Just like they did during the last health care debate, Mitt Romney and Republicans are again making up falsehoods and distorting health reform. They want to repeal it on “day one,” refighting old political battles of the past and denying millions of Americans affordable health care.

Republican “Tax” Deception: What Republicans call a “tax” is the penalty people must pay for failing to meet their responsibility to buy insurance if they can afford it, so their medical costs aren’t shifted to the rest of us. The vast majority of Americans who responsibly carry coverage are completely unaffected by this penalty.

  • President Obama has cut taxes by $3,600 for the average middle-class family since taking office, and Republicans fought him nearly every step of the way.
  • Mitt Romney closed factories and stores and shipped jobs overseas. Middle-class Americans know who is fighting for them.

Fiction vs. Fact: Republicans’ distortions and partisan scare tactics didn’t stop health insurance reform before, but they still won’t give up. We won’t stop fighting back.

  • Fiction: “Government is taking over health care.” Fact: Obamacare puts you and your doctors – not insurance companies or bureaucrats – in control of your health. It means insurers can’t drop you because you get sick or hit a coverage cap.
  • Fiction: “Costs are going up.” Fact: Obamacare lowers health care costs. It cuts waste in the system and requires insurance companies to issue rebates on if they spent too much of your premiums on administrative costs or CEO bonuses. Obamacare will save middle-class families up to $2,300 a year.
  • Fiction: “You can’t keep your health care.” Fact: Obamacare won’t take away your health insurance – it will only make your coverage stronger. It ends limits on coverage, lets young adults stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26 and makes sure your company can’t drop you just because you get sick
  • Fiction: “It’s a massive tax increase.” Fact: The Court ruled that free riders who can afford health insurance but chose not to buy it must pay a penalty through the tax code so costs aren’t shifted to the rest of us. Romney put in place the same policy in Massachusetts, and only 1 percent of Americans are expected to pay this penalty. Obamacare is actually the largest-ever middle-class health care tax cut, which will be worth an average of about $4,800 to 19 million Americans.
  • Fiction: “It will hurt small businesses.” Fact: Obamacare doesn't force any small business to offer coverage to its workers. For many small businesses that want to, it provides generous tax credits to help them pay for it and creates exchanges that will level the playing field so small businesses can compete with larger ones.

It’s Time to Move On: Americans want Washington to move past the political battle over health reform and get to work on the economy. Congress passed health reform, the President signed it, and yesterday the Court ruled that it’s constitutional. It’s time to move on and fully implement the law so we can cut costs and ensure all Americans get the care they need.