The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is calling on House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers to apologize for "lying" in her response to the president's State of the Union address on [Tuesday] night. [...] "Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers owes the nation an apology for lying in her Republican response to the State of the Union this week and spreading more misinformation to Americans about their health care options," Emily Bittner, a DCCC spokeswoman, said Friday. "Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers and House Republicans are so desperate to please their insurance company contributors and send Americans back to the days when insurance companies had free rein that they are now resorting to embellishing stories and leaving out the facts to mislead Americans about the new affordable, comprehensive coverage available to them."
It's not just that Republicans prefer to exploit these horror stories rather than remedy them ... but that Republicans have spent the last four years intentionally maximizing the number of misapprehended victims. Take Bette: The reason she didn't visit the Washington state health exchange was basically #OBUMMER. "I wouldn't go on that Obama website at all," she said. This didn't start with her cancelation. This started years ago. Republicans told Bette, and others inclined to distrust Obamacare, that they'd face death panels and rationing boards. That their options would be unaffordable, and irredeemable. That the exchange sites would make their personal information vulnerable to hackers and that creepy Uncle Sam would sexually violate them. They said all this in the hope that people like Bette wouldn't give the law a fair shake, then turned around and feigned outrage on their behalf when the plan worked. Republicans aren't sincerely distressed about the things they hear from people like Bette. People like Bette are the goal.
[W]as this the best story Ms. McMorris Rodgers could come up with? The answer, probably, is yes, since just about every tale of health reform horror the G.O.P. has tried to peddle has similarly fallen apart once the details were revealed. The truth is that the campaign against Obamacare relies on misleading stories at best, and often on outright deceit. Who pays the price for this deceit? In many cases, American families. Although health care enrollment is actually going pretty well at this point, thousands and maybe millions of Americans have failed to sign up for coverage because they believe the false horror stories they keep hearing.