Saturday, November 16, 2013

Obamacare: Bitter Recriminations Edition

Like President Obama, I am getting mighty tired of reading articles like this: Trust Frayed Between Obama Dems
President Barack Obama’s credibility may have taken a big hit with voters, but he’s also in serious danger of permanently losing the trust of Democrats in Congress. The Obamacare debacle has been bad enough that it’s tough for Democrats to take on faith that the president can fix the problems. His one-time allies are no longer sure that it’s wise to follow him into battle, leaving Obama and his law not only vulnerable to existing critics, but open to new attacks from his own party. 
“I don’t know how he f—-ed this up so badly,” said one House Democrat who has been very supportive of Obama in the past.
Oh, come off it. the Obama Administration might have screwed up the website, but every other baleful effect of the full implementation of Obamacare is due entirely to what we lawyers like to refer to as the "operation of law." Health plans being canceled? Patients losing doctors? Premiums skyrocketing? Healthy middle class people subsidizing the health care of drug addicts? People being shunted into Medi-caid hell? That's not because of a freakin' website! It's by "operation of law!" (isn't it majestic?) Obamacare is working precisely as it was meant to work. No more, no less. 

Obamacare is a disaster because the law is disastrous. Obama might have sold the law and signed the law, but a Democrat Congress drafted it and passed it, no doubt with the eager vote of "one (of many!) House Democrat who has been very supportive of Obama in the past." This might be one of those rare times when the ship is sinking too fast for the rats to get off in time.

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