I am a staunch opponent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) better known as Obamacare. But despite my adverse feelings towards the policy, I realize that it is the law of the land that has been declared constitutional, and therefore, must be enforced in the United States.
So when I came across the creepy anti-Obamacare ads released by conservative group, Generation Opportunity, while waiting for a Youtube video to load, I knew that for once, a line had been crossed.
The ad in particular that made me turn away with disgust featured an Uncle Sam doppelganger who plays the role of a doctor and forces the patient to expose her genital area to him. He represents an agenda driven, liberal crazy government intent on violating the privacies of its constituents in the medical field. And in the end, the ad ultimately urges Americans to opt out of Obamacare.
These types of tactics used by conservative factions make me lose faith in the democratic process and the fundamental respect we ought to have for government. If the people have spoken, the debates on Capitol Hill have been waged, and the Supreme Court’s consent to the relatively radical health care initiative has been granted, I expect dissenters to at least recognize that it is, in fact, the law and to behave appropriately. Instead, they are resorting to scare tactics to sway the minds of naïve Americans.
Not only does this type of advertising harm policymakers looking to move forward with implementation of Obamacare, but it also influences a large chunk of Americans. Most recently, Jimmy Kimmel asked random residents of a town whether they preferred the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare and unbelievably, many picked one over the other (hint: they are the same thing). Hence, if some of my fellow Americans are uneducated and unaware about Obamacare, they would be terrified and believe one of these scare tactic-oriented ads by Generation Opportunity to be true.
This article may not be relevant at all now thanks to a government shutdown. But I hope the hardcore conservatives that make up a majority of the Republican Party realize that this form of communication is counterproductive and dangerous. Accept your loss, admit Obamacare is the law of the land, and figure out policies that can coexist with it. That’s the harsh reality of politics, and it seems as if many Republican leaders like Ted Cruz and speaker John Boehner do not understand the intricacies involved with authority.
The point of this piece is not to express my assent or dissent towards Obamacare; rather, it is a simple, candid message towards Generation Opportunity and similar groups that are using fear and intimidation as methods to counteract Obamacare: don’t be a sore loser. Acknowledge Obama’s presumably biggest and last policy victory, and use it as motivation to take back the Senate and White House in the future.
Image via Linda Feldmann/Christian Science Monitor.