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      03-10-2015, 09:02 AM   #2
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1) Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): ‘It’s going to destroy our economy…It’s going to push us into a total economic collapse’ (October 8, 2013)

No economic collapse here.
Much too soon to tell either way. But FYI, the CBO and Treasury have projected that:
- our national deficit will increase by a magnitude of 6 over the next decade
-and our national Debt has increased from $9.5 Billion to $18 Billion since Obama took office.

That doesn't sound healthy to me, but maybe I'm too pragmatic.

https://www.cbo.gov/publication/45653


http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/deb...1&endYear=2015

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2) Speaker John Boehner (R-OH): Obamacare ‘will bankrupt our nation, and it will ruin our economy.’ (January 6, 2011)

Economy doesn't look ruined to me. In fact signs are pointing to the fact that the economy is doing pretty well right now.
Please refer to my previous post.


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3) Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK): ‘There will be no insurance industry left in three years.’ (October 12, 2010)

Odd, there still seems to be an insurance industry.
I agree, that may be somewhat of an exaggeration, though it may not. But you also fail to take into account that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act has been delayed numerous times (some would say illegally by the executive branch, since that branch has no right to interpret legislation).

Numerous mandates, including the employer mandate, have not been fully implemented due to these delays, so it is far too soon to tell what the long-term implications are for the insurance industry:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/poli...icle-1.1710455

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/v...amacare-delay/

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner...ys-alec-torres

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4) Rush Limbaugh said Obamacare would cost the economy ‘2.5 million jobs minimum’ and would be a ‘literal tragedy’ (February 6, 2014)

Most of the reports I have read lately have shown an uptick in jobs.
This is easily the most underwhelming economic recovery we have encountered following a market recession. Again 2.5 Million lost jobs may very well be a hyperbole, but to suggest our economy is going strong is to ignore the reality on the ground. A diverse group of media sources on this one, in case you think I am cherry-picking information:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/freee...ericas-economy

http://www.cfr.org/united-states/qua...context/p25774

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank...previous-ones/

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5) Glenn Beck: ‘This is the end of prosperity in America forever, if this passes. This is the end of America as you know it.’ (November 19, 2009)

The good ol' USA seems to stil be here.
A very subjective and interpretative claim to begin with, so there is no real way to prove or disprove it. He's a pundit with a target audience in mind. What else do you expect from him?

Overall, I think you are getting to focused on peoples' opinions rather than focusing on the context on which those opinions are derived from.

The Afordable Care Act is still a great unknown because it hasn't been fully implemented yet.

The economic well-being of our government's balance sheet and our economy in general is very much under scrutiny by many economic experts and academics.

If you think that there is no discussion to be had in either area, you really don't have a good view of what is going on in the grand scheme of things.
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