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This is an attempt to collect, in one place, all the debunkings of all the right-wing Obamacare horror stories.

If you know of any I missed, please add them in the comments.

A number of the links in this diary are to other DKos diaries. A big thank you to all those diarists!

Now, put on your rubber boots, because after the steaming orange pile, it's gonna get deep...

All those Obamacare horror stories being thrown around by the right? They’ve all been debunked. They’re as nonexistent as the “death panels” Palin warned us about in 2008--where are they? Has anyone’s grandma faced one? But the success stories are solidly documented. If there are now high-cost horror stories out there--why can’t the right actually find a real one?

Especially with the resources at the command of the GOP muckety-mucks pushing these falsehoods--Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (who gave the State of the Union response), Sean Hannity, Speaker of the House John Boehner?

Julie Boonstra, that woman in Michigan with leukemia? Fact Checker gives her “Three Pinocchios”--she keeps her doctor, all her drugs are covered, and she’s saving $1,200 a year:

“Bette in Spokane,” the centerpiece of the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union speech? She could get much better coverage than her old policy, for about the same money, by logging onto the Obamacare exchange website:

That young mother with MS in Texas, who supposedly was going to pay over $1,000 a month, fretted over by John Boehner and Sean Hannity? She’s actually getting covered for $350 a month--with better coverage than she had before. The sources for the original false story were activists for the Tea Party:

“Wanda in Arkansas” falls apart:

Deborah Cavallaro in Los Angeles, Dianne Barrette in Florida, Ashley Dionne in Michigan, Jessica Sanford in Washington state--similar story for all:

That small business in Pennsylvania? They accepted the plan pushed by their broker instead of buying through the Obamacare exchange, where they could’ve saved a lot of money. How could this happen? Turns out the broker writes for a conservative website!

The “victims” in the Louisiana commercials are actors, playing imagined characters:

And that CBO report, that the GOP claimed showed Obamacare would destroy jobs? Well, it will allow some people to choose to retire early, and will let some parents choose to stay home to raise kids. Horrors! But--quote from the CBO:

On balance, CBO estimates that the ACA will boost overall demand for goods and services over the next few years because the people who will benefit from the expansion of Medicaid and from access to the exchange subsidies are predominantly in lower-income households and thus are likely to spend a considerable fraction of their additional resources on goods and services...[which] will in turn boost demand for labor over the next few years.

But isn’t Obamacare turning full-time jobs into part-time ones? Nope. From that socialist propaganda rag, Forbes:

full-time employment grew by over 2 million while part-time employment declined by 230,000...the only significant ‘cutter’ of work hours turns out to be in the public sector where cops, teachers, prison guards and the like are experiencing cuts in work time...Correct me if I am wrong, but is it not the very same folks who strenuously oppose Obamacare who are constantly screaming for smaller government? Are these not the same people who have, for as many years as I can recall, been carping about swollen government payrolls?

When the “death panels” lie went up in smoke, it became necessary to invent new lies.

And they won't stop lying until the suckers stop falling for the lies.


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