The Maddow Blog has the post Why actual ACA ‘victims’ are so elusive.
Michael Hiltzik speculated last week that there may not be any genuine anecdotes to bolster the right’s claims.
To a very real degree, it’s tragic to watch the developments unfold in real time. For much of 2013, especially in the months leading up to the open-enrollment period, assorted far-right groups launched an organized campaign to encourage the uninsured to stay that way – on purpose – in order to help conservative organizations advance their ideological agenda. It was a truly offensive display in which wealthy activists on the right urged struggling Americans to deliberately put their wellbeing in jeopardy.
Months later, we’re at a similarly painful moment in the debate, in which many of the same groups and activists are now exploiting people to create misleading attack ads, all in the hopes of keeping people from having access to affordable health care.
Quoting Paul Krugman, the post has the following:
Surely there must be some people somewhere actually being hurt by a reform that affects millions of Americans. Why can’t the right find these people and exploit them?
If and when someone actually does find someone hurt by the ACA, nobody is going to believe it because of all the phony stories that preceded it.