FLASHBACK: One Year Ago, GOP Predicted ‘Armageddon’ If Health Reform Became Law

March 23, 2011 - 6:24pm

By Igor Volsky. Published in Think Progress. March 23, 2011.

Today is the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Affordable Care Act or health care reform into law, which, once fully implemented will cover 32 million Americans and begin to lower the rate of growth in health care spending.

In the year since reform passed, however, Republicans in the House repealed the law (only to see the measure fall in the Senate) and are now attempting to defund reform. During the nearly 10-month legislative battle that preceded passage, the GOP characterized the bill as a “socialist” “government takeover” and warned Americans that the bill would destroy lives and American society, hurling apocalyptic warnings that seem downright satirical a year later. Below are some of their most outrageous claims:

    - REP. JOHN BOEHNER (R-OH): Passage of health reform is "Armageddon” because the law will “ruin our country.” [3/20/2010]

    - FRMR. SEN. RICK SANTORUM (R-PA): Health reform “will destroy the country” because, “in the next year or so,” America will have to “dramatically cut the military because we can’t pay for it.” [10/23/2010]

    - SEN. TOM COBURN (R-OK): “There will be no insurance industry left in three years.” [10/12/2010]

    - REP. MICHELE BACHMANN (R-MN): “On page 16, you can read for yourself that no new health insurance policies can be written once this federal plan comes into effect.” [7/17/2009]

    - GLENN BECK: “This is the end of prosperity in America forever … the end of America as you know it.” [11/19/2009]

    - SEAN HANNITY: “If we get nationalized health care, it’s over; this is socialism.” [11/2/2009]

    - REP. PAUL BROUN (R-GA): “That’s exactly what’s going on in Canada and Great Britain today…and a lot of people are going to die.” [7/10/09]

    - REP. LOUIE GOHMERT (R-TX): “I would hate to think that among five women, one of ‘em is gonna die because we go to socialized care.” [7/15/09]

    - REP. VIRGINIA FOXX (R-NC): “The Republican plan will] make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans and that ensures affordable access for all Americans and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.” [7/28/09]

    - SEN. TOM COBURN (R-OK): “I have a message for you: you’re going to die soon…When you restrict the ability of the primary care givers int his country to do what is best for their senior patients, what you are doing is limiting their life expectancy.” [12/1/09]

    - REP. MICHELE BACHMANN (R-MN): “Socialized medicine is the crown jewel of socialism. This will change our country forever.” [11/3/2009]

Originally published in Think Progress.


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