Republicans Asked For 'Obamacare Horror Stories,' But They Got Something Else Entirely

Meanwhile, the Senate is getting ready to vote on a repeal of Obamacare.

When Indiana Republican Party social media pages did a call-out for "your Obamacare horror story," the request seemed aimed at proving that Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act, was a disaster. Instead, a lot of Americans who loved it responded.

The Facebook and Twitter call-outs come as the Republican-led Senate tries to push through a repeal of former President Obama's signature health care law. And yet, almost all of the top or most liked comments on the Indiana GOP page had pro-Obamacare sentiments. 

"My Republican roommate here in Indiana paid $70/mo last year for a bronze plan w a $6,500 deductible," Facebook user John Carington commented. "This year got a $38/mo. Silver Plan with a $400 deductible and free generic prescriptions. He's been to doctor for the first time in decades thanks to Obamacare. I know you'd rather him not be insured but he is for now. And healthier!"



Another user pleaded for lawmakers to fix Obamacare instead of repealing it.

"My Obamacare horror story is that the GOP is trying to repeal it instead of fixing it after all the taxpayer money and other resources have been invested into implementing it," Leslie Cooper wrote. "Please try to govern instead of playing partisan politics with people's lives."

It's not a surprise there was some positive sentiment or that the plan backfired. In late June, Obamacare broached 50 percent approval ratings for the first time ever. At the same time, some polls have shown just 12 percent of Americans support the Senate's new bill that is intended to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget (CBO) Office estimates that 22 million people would lose coverage under the new bill. The CBO also said premiums would increase and approximately four million people would lose employer-provided health insurance if the new law passes. 

This isn't to say that there weren't issues with Obamacare. For instance, some Americans have been devastated by "coverage gaps": specifically, those who The New York Times describes as having "made too much to qualify for Medicaid, or didn't qualify at all, but they also made too little for publicly subsidized insurance on the exchanges."

While Obamacare has slowed the rising costs of health care, it's also true that costs have continued to rise under Obamacare — a trend that started long before the law was implemented. But now, it's resulting in ballooning premiums that leave many Americans opting to pay a penalty for not enrolling rather than buying insurance. In a system that thrives with high enrollment, this creates a serious problem.

But Steven Brill, the author of "America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, And The Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System," says those problems are fixable. In The Washington Post, he writes that reforms like lowering the cost of prescription drugs could bring down premiums significantly.

To the Indiana GOP's credit, they haven't deleted their posts, despite the fact they didn't accomplish what they set out to do. Instead, it's turned into a public forum on health care, one that's desperately needed as the system prepares for a major overhaul.

Cover photo: Shutterstock / Evan El-Amin

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