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article imageReview: Bill Maher calls out GOP, Fox News to stop Obama 'zombie lies'

By John Presta     Jul 12, 2014 in Politics
Los Angeles - Bill Maher, host of HBO's Real Time, last night called out Republicans and their Fox News counterparts, for years of lying about Obamacare, continuing to tell Obamacare lies and refusing to even apologize once the lies have proven to be untrue.
The comments about the Republicans and Fox News clinging to their lies, came at the end of Maher's show. Earlier in the show, Maher cited a survey by the Commonwealth Fund that found, among other things, that 74% of Republicans said they were "very or somewhat satisfied" with their new health insurance coverage. Overall, regardless of political affiliation, 78 percent of Americans said they were satisfied: 73 percent of those were enrolled in a private plan and 84 percent of those enrolled in Medicaid.
The survey also reported a "feel good" dimension to the ACA. 58 percent of those surveyed said that they were better off now than before ACA was fully implemented: 9 percent said they were worse off.
Eighty-one percent said that they were optimistic about their new coverage and that the new coverage would help them get the health care they needed.
Another finding of the survey is that the uninsured rate for people ages 19 to 64, declined from 20 percent in the July-to-September 2013 period to 15 percent in the April-to-June 2014 period. The uninsured rate for people ages 19 to 64 declined from 20 percent in the July-to-September 2013 period to 15 percent in the April-to-June 2014 period.
This reverses the Republican narrative that Americans don't like the ACA, and that young people were "not" enrolling in big numbers. Both of these key narratives proved untrue.
Which leads into Maher's point, that the ACA is working and that the Republicans and Fox News are refusing to acknowledge that fact. Maher pointed out that the neocons, like former Vice President Dick Cheney, were called out for their continuing defense of the Iraq War. Maher asked why aren't those telling the Obamacare lies not being called out like the "Cheney-led neocons." Maher said that all the Republicans who lied about Obamacare, suffered no consequences.
For example, Maher asked the question, "Has anyone ever really come across a real death panel?"
The answer is obviously "no."
Maher said, “The next liberal to tell a Republican ‘You’re entitled to an opinion but not your own facts’ should really just admit they’ve never seen Fox News," reported
“They said Obamacare would use death panels. It doesn’t,” he said. “They said it was a government takeover, and the insurance industry is making record profits. They said it covered illegals. It doesn’t. They said it was a job killer. It hasn’t been. They said there were elves who baked cookies in trees.”
Which is why I call them "zombie lies."
“Remember ‘fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes?’ Zombie lie, so stop saying it,” Maher said. “‘Voter fraud’? We studied it. It’s not an actual problem. Stop zombie-lying about it. Their entire economic philosophy — cut taxes for the rich and it trickles down — is a zombie lie. And all these zombie lies are still out there, roaming the countryside, neither alive nor dead — like Dick Cheney. Hungry for brains — like Dick Cheney.”
Some of the other findings of the survey include that by June, six of 10 adults with new marketplace or Medicaid coverage said they had used their insurance to go to a doctor or hospital or to fill a prescription. A majority said they would not have been able to access or afford this care before enrolling.
Another narrative of the Republicans and Fox News is there are not enough primary care doctors. The survey found that one in five adults sought out a primary care physician, and that three quarters found the search "very or somewhat easy to do."
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