Friday, September 20, 2013

Wasserman Schultz On Obamacare: Once People Receive Benefits "They're Not Going To Want To Let It Go"

CHRIS HAYES: Is there some point where there is victory here? Ae we doomed to be fighting about Obamacare until I am an old man?

REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL): I don't think so. In fact, that is exactly why the tea party Republicans are hell-bent on doing everything they can to try to stop Obamacare from going online on October 1st. Because even as Ted Cruz said the other day, this is the real transparent deal here, Chris, is that they know that once people realize the benefits of Obamacare, once they can no longer be dropped or denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, once they are able to fully benefit from the coverage that will be provided, they're not going to want to let it go. 

They're going to realize that the bogeyman that the Republicans and the tea party have put up was just that. it was as fictional as the bogeyman of our childhood. 

HAYES: You think this push right now, this fall, that the reason that the fight has doubled down right now, as we head up against both a continuing resolution deadline, that happens to be the same deadline as the day that the health exchanges go into effect. You think that's not a coincidence you think this is a last-gasp attempt to kill the thing before it starts delivering the tangible benefits that have been promised. 

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Absolutely. The tea partyers are desperate to prevent people from realizing the full scope of the benefits to their lives that Obamacare will provide. The women who will, you know, be able to get their annual checkups and preventative care, which is already occurring. The -- no more of annual or lifetime caps. The young adults that can stay on their parents' insurance until their 26. The side-by-side coverage that they're going to be able to compare in the marketplace exchanges when they go online on October 31st. The 30 million people that over the next few years will get coverage they don't have now. 

That is what the Republicans are desperate to prevent from coming fully online because they know that there's no turning back after that, and they know they will have lost. And that's why they're willing to harm the economy in order to stop it from happening.

Via: Real Clear Politics

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