September 3, 2013

Without Obamacare to kick around, Ted Cruz would be that 'wacko bird' Senator who no one pays attention to, but since he's adopted the utterly insane idea of shutting down government or holding up the debt ceiling in order to de-fund it, TeaBirchers everywhere are jumping to applaud him.

With that in mind, Cruz and his pals at the Senate Conservatives Fund, made a video they want everyone to share. What's a pack of lies if you can't share them with your friends, right?

Even Politifact couldn't equivocate enough to say Cruz was telling "partial truths" as they're wont to do. No, this time he earned three Pinnochios, which is far too gentle but still better than the usual Politifact result.

Here are the lies Cruz tells:

Max Baucus and the train wreck:

Context is everything. Max Baucus did indeed use the term "train wreck" unhelpfully in a hearing with Kathleen Sibelius. But he didn't call it a train wreck. He was expressing concern that there hadn't been enough public education efforts to dispel the myths around it, and that if there wasn't a concerted effort to get correct information out there, it could be a train wreck.

Of course, Cruz neglects to mention that the House stripped nearly all of the public education funds allocated out of the budget.

Delayed Employer Mandate

The other concern Baucus had was how the employer mandate would be handled. When the administration delayed that implementation for a year, Baucus stated in an op-ed that his concerns were allayed.

Teamsters Union President Hoffa and the 40-hour work week

As Politifact notes, Hoffa did in fact say what he is quoted as saying, but again, context means something here.

Hoffa's issue centers around the fact that most "Cadillac" health insurance plans are self-funded and sponsored by unions. Benefits under these plans are more generous than other employer plans and one of the provisions of the ACA taxes benefits in excess of a certain ceiling. Finally, employees working less than 30 hours with the option to buy into the union health plan will not receive government subsidies for that, which also rankles with unions.

Hoffa's letter was intended to pressure the Administration to delay the taxation of excess benefits just as they delayed the employer mandate. Last week, Richard Trumka said there was progress on the issues facing unions with Sibelius, though specific solutions have not been made public.

The biggest lie of all
The biggest lie in the whole ad is the one at the end, where Cruz argues that ordinary people should be given a "waiver" too. Politifact didn't even address this, but let's talk about what a waiver for ordinary people means.

  • Insurers could continue to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions
  • The cost of health insurance for individuals would be prohibitively expensive, just as it is now
  • The unemployed would continue to be saddled with insanely expensive COBRA premiums as their only alternative to no coverage.
  • Medical bankruptcies will continue to rise.
  • People will die because they have no access to health care.

That's what Cruz made an ad to sell. Pretty sick, isn't it? He's not alone. Here's your Stupid Right Wing Obamacare Tweet of the day:

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