You know, when even Fox News is blasting you for lying, you probably should just give up. On Sunday, Ted Cruz sat down with host Chris Wallace, and things didn’t go very well for him. After a clip reel of Cruz’s claims that Obamacare costs jobs, causes people to lose insurance, and increases premiums, Wallace informed Cruz that he’s flat-out wrong about his claims:
“The fact checkers say you’re wrong. Since that law went into effect, the unemployment rate fell from 9.9% to 5% as 13 million new jobs were created, and 16.3 million people who were previously uninsured now have coverage.”
“There are plenty of problems with Obamacare,” Wallace said in an attempt to qualify his brief flirtation with the facts for Fox’s Obamacare-hating audience, “but more people have jobs and health insurance.” Cruz, unable to come up with a rebuttal, simply argued that the facts have a liberal bias:
“Fact checkers are not fair and impartial. They are liberal editorial journalists. And they have made it their mission to defend Obamacare.”
“Wait,” Wallace interjected. “There’s certainly no question that more people have jobs and more people health insurance.” He informed Cruz that “there have been 13 million jobs created,” but the Senator was not swayed by reality.
“Yes, there is question,” Cruz replied. “The fact is from 2008 to today, we’ve seen economic growth of 1.2% on average.” Wallace attempted to get Cruz to answer the original question rather than bloviate, but Cruz remained firm in his denial of what is actually happening in the world outside his self-imposed bubble of ignorance.
“Chris, don’t interrupt me,” Cruz admonished the host, informing him that 1.2% is a “historically slow rate of job creation” but completely ignoring the Bush recession and the fact (god, he hates those) that the law was not signed into effect until 2010. Cruz says that small business owners are “praying” to be saved from Obamacare.
Wallace then shifted focus to Cruz’s alternative — allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, expanding HSAs, and making insurance portable between jobs, which he pointed out “would have almost no effect in giving people who are not uninsured health coverage” — a correct assessment Cruz claimed is “simply not the case.”
This law is a disaster,” Cruz insisted. “People are hurting.”
Obviously, as we are currently enjoying remarkably low uninsured rates, those who are hurting can now see a doctor or go to the hospital, but they are certainly not hurting in the manner Cruz claims; Watch the exchange below:
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