During the Fox News show "The Kelly File" on Jan. 15, Republican pollster Frank Luntz interviewed a focus group of South Carolinian voters to find out why they are “mad as hell” (video below).
The focus group complained about Obamacare, refugees and immigrants, but later complained how people are being stopped from saying what they really think, notes NewsHounds.us.
"Right now, we are looking at a situation," one man said. "We are paying as much for refugees and immigrants in this country as we are paying for our VA veterans care right now. $168 billion a year."
A woman added that health care was going "straight down the toilet" because doctors cannot be convinced to treat patients. She also said that the military "is not being supported and our borders are open."
Another man said that he "got laid off because of Obamacare," and complained about having to pay $350 a month for his premium.
“[Obamacare] does not set prices related to commercial insurance, for either premiums or payment for care,” Deborah Chollet, a senior fellow at Mathematica Policy Research, a nonpartisan group, told FactCheck.org via email in 2013.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Interview Survey issued a report in June 2015 that found the percentage of uninsured American adults over age 65 dropped from 20.4 percent in 2013 down to 16.3 percent in 2014, reported Business Insider.
Back at the focus group, Luntz said that Obamacare was providing many Americans with health care, and asked the group why that made them so angry.
In response to Luntz's question, a third man replied: “What bothers me the most in this country is that you can’t even speak the truth any more or else you’ll be called a racist or a bigot or any other thing."
The other voters agreed, Luntz asked the group: “So, political correctness, does that bother you?”
“It bothers me very much,” another woman stated. “Because I have a right to my opinion without being labeled something. I mean, it’s ridiculous."
People in the group called it "reverse discrimination," and Luntz asked them to explain that.
“Anyone who says anything has to watch everything they say and you can’t label a spade a spade," another woman added. "Everyone is afraid to talk."
“What it really boils down for me is, the cultural change," another female voter stated. "I could have never imagined that in eight years of my country, I could have seen such a huge cultural change."
Luntz asked what she meant by that, and she replied: "It’s an overwhelming umbrella of everything. It goes to how we treat our veterans, it goes to how we treat our older people. It’s a culture change, how we’re educating our children or not educating our children, how we have to treat one another."
The Republican voters then complained that Republicans had control of Congress, but had not stopped Obamacare or impeached President Obama.