During tonight's Fox Business/Wall Street Journal GOP debate, Carly Fiorina claimed Obamacare has done nothing. Um, what? Fiorina's disdain for Obamacare has been well-known and well-documented. (Probably because she definitely isn't afraid to share her contempt, like, all the time.) She has issues with its length, saying it's longer than a Harry Potter book. She claims that no one can understand it aside from lobbyists and big business executives. She even goes so far to say that, as a breast cancer survivor, she would repeal Obamacare and "ensure quality, affordable healthcare for all."
There's just one problem with Fiorina's statement: The fact that Obamacare already provides quality, affordable healthcare for a hell of a lot of Americans. In looking at the statistics on Obamacare, it's clear that the Affordable Health Care Act has improved the lives of many Americans:
- 1 in 6 Americans received Health Insurance for $100 or less.
- 87 percent of people who picked a healthcare plan in 2015 received financial assistance.
- 30 million Americans now have healthcare.
- The number of uninsured Americans has dropped to 12.3 percent
- 19 percent of Americans say Obamacare has helped them and their families, and 57 percent say they didn't see any direct impact at all.
- If Obamacare was repealed, out of the 8.2 million who would lose their insurance altogether, 10,000 would die annually because they were unable to receive adequate care.
And if the facts and the statistics don't do it for you, there are always the stories that people shared on Twitter right after Carly Fiorina claimed that Obamacare hasn't helped anyone. It might be easy to overlook fact and replace it with fiction, but it's extremely difficult to read these stories and tell these people that they're wrong.
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