Would you vote for someone who said, “Hey, you know that program where people get the health insurance they need at a price they can afford — maybe even get some assistance in paying for it — and there are no pre-conditions to getting coverage; well, we’re going to take that all away”? Of course not. After all, you’re a rational person.
But as Steve Benen chronicles, there are people who are running for office who are doing exactly that, and they’re winning elections.
Why? Well, because someone else thought it up, got it passed, and it is making them look bad. So what they’ve done is get a bunch of folks on their payroll — or at the very least who owe them for something — and they’re putting out some very convincing lies, exaggerations, and boogedy-boogedy stories and bullshit. And it’s working.
That’s because despite our better nature, we’re more prone to believe bad news rather than good. It’s easier to believe that Obamacare is a “train wreck,” that it’s costing millions of jobs, and that healthcare costs and insurance premiums are through the roof, even though there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to back up those claims. But if it generates PAC money for a candidate, it’s out there.
Maybe it’s our survival instinct; don’t blindly trust things as they’re presented; be skeptical and wary, especially if it comes from the government because, as we all know, the government, be it state, local, or federal, has never done anything good for anybody, right?
It probably doesn’t matter to Ted Cruz or Bobby Jindal that there are people who are willing to put their lives and their fortunes in danger because of some lies he told them in order to bolster his chances to run for president, but is that the kind of person you want running the country?