Trolling for an anti-Obamacare frenzy, Ted Cruz posed the following question to his Facebook followers on March 24: “Quick poll: Obamacare was signed into law four years ago yesterday. Are you better off now than you were then? Comment with YES or NO!”
But instead of the indignant rage he had hoped for from his friends on the right, he got 46,000 comments overwhelmingly from people whose lives were made better or even saved by the Affordable Care Act.
With now close to 7 million people enrolled through the federal health exchanges in addition to the millions more enrolled through Medicaid, the fact that so many people are better off should not come as a surprise. Despite Cruz's claim on Facebook later in the week that more people have lost health insurance through the Affordable Care Act than gained it, the reality is that millions of people now have something tangible that they didn't have before.
Having always had good health insurance that he hasn't struggled to pay for, Ted Cruz probably doesn't notice any differences in his life now that the Affordable Care Act has been implemented. But he forgot about the 7 million people who are seeing lower costs, receiving better health care coverage or even having coverage for the first time. Whether one agrees with the ideology behind the law or not, it's hard to imagine at this point that even someone like Ted Cruz could think the number of people whose lives have been impacted negatively could possibly outnumber those who have been helped.
Americans Against the Tea Party captured the magic in a series of screenshots. These comments are just a few of thousands. And these thousands are just a few of the millions who are newly insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act.