Rightbloggers: Obamacare's Good News is Further Proof It's Doomed
As you would imagine, rightbloggers disagreed. They do seem to have figured out, though, that just calling the program a train wreck and so forth would no longer do. So they exercised themselves a bit and found some new insults.
Now, despite the good news and the President's claim, the Affordable Care Act remains a live political issue. The Rube Goldberg system, laden with insurer payoffs, is still more disliked than liked by the American people -- 54% to 43% per the last Gallup Poll. If that doesn't improve significantly, Republicans will certainly leverage that dissatisfaction in the midterm elections.
Those elections are seven months away, so rightbloggers have time to cook up new anti-Obamacare angles. Judging with what they've come up with so far, we're not sure this will improve them.
Some still contented themselves with the concatenation of slurs. "Despite the fact that 6 out of 10 Americans believe President Obama is a liar, he was out today taking another victory lap because he was able to compel 8 million Americans to sign up for Obamacare," grumbled The Lonely Conservative as a bartender pretended to listen. "We still don't know how many have paid, or how many signed up after their old insurance was dumped. In his speech he delivered several whoppers..."
"I'm hoping Americans will wake up and see Obamacare for the nightmare it is," said Star Parker at Right Wing News, despite the "victory dances" at the White House. The new numbers and their meaning she dismissed, because "sometimes too much data and analysis gets you lost in in the forest." But Parker had some data and analysis of her own: "The headline that should be flashing in front of us is that today, well into the sixth year of the Obama presidency, the American economy, once a dynamic engine of growth, is still is a wheezing, struggling, underperforming clunker of an economy."
|In the interests of equal time, please listen to this cowboy talk about Obamacare, ACORN, and how "Goddamn Muslim Brotherhoods are all infiltrated in our goddamn screwed-up government."|
But we were talking about Obamacare, weren't we? Okay, said Parker, in February the CBO said "Obamacare will shrink the American economy by 2.5 million jobs." What the CBO actually said was, about that many people would be able to quit jobs they had been keeping for the health insurance that went with them. Nonetheless, Parker hurried us along: "We don't have to sit and wonder about the reasonableness of CBO's estimates. We're already seeing these factors at work today." That is, the economy sucks, and what else can there be to blame but Obamacare? "Bureaucratization of health care is dragging down our whole economy," claimed Parker. "Better, cheaper, more innovative health care won't be delivered by government and politicians. It will be delivered by the American people if politicians will get out of the way and let them do it." You know, like they'd have been doing for years if something hadn't been preventing them. Maybe HillaryCare?
In the near term, many of the brethren responded hotly to President Obama's declaration that the debate was over, which they seemed to take personally.
"Silence, subject! The debate is over," characterized Guy Benson at TownHall, denouncing Obama's "effort to minimize the financial and medical hardships his signature law is inflicting on millions of people." "Shut Up, He Explained Again," headlined James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal.
Despite Obama "imperiously proclaiming" the debate over, said Jeffrey H. Anderson at the Weekly Standard, Obamacare "will be repealed and replaced with a conservative alternative within days of Obama's departure from the White House." Prediction beats proclamation!
At his press conference, Obama also cracked that Republicans had "gone through the stages of grief" and "we're not at acceptance yet." "Why the Kübler-Ross model?" demanded Ann Althouse. "It's that meme that the Republicans are dying! They need to deal with their death, eh?!" Althouse also informed us that, "by the way, the Kübler-Ross model isn't too scientific."
"ObamaCare, according to President TrollsAlot, has now hit an amazingly fantastic eight million 'enrollees,'" wrote Nice Deb. "...ObamaCare continues to be intensely unpopular, but that didn't stop the Troll-in-Chief from lashing out at Republicans who want to repeal it." "This churlish man who was elected president thinks everything is about him," hissed Keith Koffler at White House Dossier. "To the extent it's about him destroying our health care system, I suppose, he's right."
A few of the brethren compared Obama's debate crack to President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" banner back in the day. "Obamacare has 'won' just like we 'won' the Iraq war," said W. James Antle III at Rare.us. Antle also chronicled the decay of the Iraq victory ("Al Qaeda today has a larger profile in Iraq than before the invasion. Iran is more powerful. The death toll is once again rising..."). Antle's colleague Jeremy Lott called departing HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "Obama's Rumsfeld." It's a good thing for Antle and Lott that normal people don't generally read their columns, as they might have the unfortunate effect of reminding voters of what happened the last time Republicans were in power.
"Obama offers new insults, then laments gridlock," headlined The Daily Caller's Neil Munro, who is best known for heckling the President during a press conference. In fairness, partway through his insults Munro did note something many of the brethren missed: that Obama's "conciliatory pitch... sandwiched between Obama's diverse attacks on the GOP's sincerity, solidarity and sanity... was likely carefully crafted to rally progressives and also to goad GOP activists and legislators to make rash responses that can later be portrayed as divisive during the 2014 campaign." What's the opposite of self-refuting?