Republican Asks For Obamacare 'Horror Stories' And It Backfires Spectacularly

by Christine Organ

Commenters clap back at the Indiana GOP’s request for Obamacare “horror stories” in a way only the Internet can

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately (and given the current state of affairs who could blame you, really), you probably know that there’s this little debate waging over healthcare. Just to catch us all up to speed, here’s the gist: After weeks of secret meetings with 13 male senators — no debate, no public comment, or no consultation with healthcare stakeholders — the Senate recently introduced a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as ACA or Obamacare) and leave millions of people without health insurance, make massive cuts to Medicaid and Planned Parenthood, and eliminate limits on health insurance costs for the elderly.

Support for the Senate plan is abysmal at best, but the GOP seems hellbent on drumming up support for its position, which basically consists of “let’s talk about how awful Obamacare is without actually improving it.” The Indiana Republican Party recently turned to social media to ask people to share their “Obamacare horror stories.”

We’re guessing when they posted it, they didn’t expect to get literally thousands of comments praising the ACA, but then again, this is also the group of people who thought it would be a good idea to cut healthcare to millions of people, including children and the elderly to give the rich a massive tax break. So…yeah.

Nearly all of the comments are in favor of ACA. In fact, one person actually took the time to count all of the comments as of Monday and found that out of 876 comments, only five — FIVE! — criticized it.

In the past three days, the number of comments has increased to more than ten thousand. Most of the commenters share stories about how Obamacare provided things like health insurance for college students, didn’t penalize them for pre-existing conditions, and covered wellness exams. Gasp — the horror!

Best of all are the comments pointing out that the real horror is the current administration.

“The ACA made me realize there are a number of selfish people who think a slight inconvenience to them, like having to switch doctors, is more important than all of the life changing benefits others have witnessed…” one commenter wrote.

But perhaps the best comment came from Natalie, who didn’t have any life-changing stories about ACA to share, but instead simply said: “It isn’t all about me. I know other human beings have benefited greatly, and that matters to me. It’s called taking care of each other.”