Townhall has;Time For Another Report About Democrats Growing ObamaCare Panic
Guy Benson | May 07, 2013
The noticeable proliferation of "Democrats fret over Obamacare" stories in the mainstream media points to something other than a simple manifestation of liberal self-flagellation. These pieces are warnings: Get your act together, Democrats, or Republicans might win next year. Here's the latest installmentfrom the New York Times:
Yes, because highly "visible" speechifying from the president has been such a boonto this cause in the past. In any case, the introduction of central changes in 2014 puts the lie to the president's recent assertion that the Obamacare process is already over for up to "90 percent" of Americans. It's next year's implementation, which promises to be messy, that continues to stir Democratic jitters:Democrats can continue to console themselves with the delusion that their biggest problem stems from public ignorance. In reality, their electoral pain will come from people who dounderstand the law and who've fought it at every turn since 2009. Demandingmore money to sell the law only inflames public concerns over the already-massive cost of the program, and has zero chance of passing Congress anyway. But even if those funds were provided, one can only dress up a failure for so long. The quote above from DCCC chair Steve Israel is particularly amusing. He's very upset with Republicans for filling the imagined public information void with "partisan talking points," presumably designed to trick people into believing the law is a mess. Damn those Republican operatives who've called Obamacare implementation a "huge train wreck," likened the roll-out to a "third world experience" for the American people, asserted that the "Affordable" Care Act doesn't actually contain costs, and spread rumors that the law is contributing to -- not reducing -- rising premiums. Oops. Obamacare's problem isn't Republican talking points, which have proven rather toothless on any number of fronts recently. Obamacare's problem is Obamacare, which is why the chorus of Democrats publicly voicing concerns is growing louder. I'll leave you with two reminders:(1) Obamacare is still being written, as evidenced by the growing anti-freedom tower. From today's Times piece: "Essential regulations remain unresolved, leaving insurers, small businesses and health care providers unsure of how to proceed."(2) A core element of Obamacare is a huge expansion of Medicaid, an existing program that is already financially unsustainable, has generated increasing access hurdles, and has been demonstrated to be a substantive failure on health outcomes by a comprehensive, nonpartisan study. MIT economist Jon Gruber -- who helped design Obamacare, including the Medicaid expansion -- has now separately concluded that Medicaid doesn't work. But let's swell its rolls by 11 million people anyway.
Thank You Townhall and Mr Benson.
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