Rightbloggers: Obamacare's Good News is Further Proof It's Doomed
Some rightbloggers said the Obama Administration numbers were bogus. Donald Trump was only the best-known and most conspiracy-inclined of these. The guy who said that all the 2012 polls showing Obama ahead in the Presidential race were fake also thinks these numbers are "completely fraudulent, fake, and phony," for whatever that's worth, i.e. a laugh.
Slightly more reasonable was Cal Thomas, who thought the numbers were "bogus" because "one-fifth of those who are counted as 'enrolled' have not paid their premiums," and if all of them never pay and lose their plans, and all of the states that are still enrolling people suddenly stop, that eight million becomes a pathetic five and a half million. And anyway, added Thomas, Obamacare is physically impossible, because it is "based on a weak foundation and the notion that government can do anything."
Others said that while the numbers look good, there were angles from which they look worse. For example, "in the summer of 2012... the C.B.O. projected that 14 million Americans would get coverage under Obamacare in the first year," reported Ross Douthat at the New York Times. "...The latest estimate, out this month, drops the 2014 projection down to 12 million..." And that just leaves eight months for late signups, which means according to Zeno's paradox they'll never reach the target. Also, other things could go wrong. It's a train wreck!
For old times' sake. (Via.)
Another variation was outrage over new changes to the U.S. Census' questions on health care coverage. Some observers noted the changes correct longstanding methodological problems, but might also interfere with long-term trend analysis, which rightbloggers considered Benghazi.
"Obama Hijacks Census To Whitewash ObamaCare's Failure," roared B. Christopher Agee at Western Journalism. "As the ObamaCare law continues to limp along despite the concerted effort of administration flaks to hype its apparent benefits, it is apparent that only some heavy-handed manipulation will ever reshape the public's opinion."
"Obama's Census Bureau Officially Plans To Cook Obamacare's Books," said The Federalist. Showing extra chutzpah, they quoted the New York Times to the effect that "the questionnaire traditionally used by the Census Bureau provides an 'inflated estimate of the uninsured' and is prone to 'measurement errors,'" and that the Bureau had been trying to fix it "for more than a decade"; this The Federalist portrayed as further proof Obama was pulling a fast one: "it turns out the old numbers -- which the White House used to cram the law down America's throat -- were bogus as well." How Obama put those old bogus numbers in place before he was President so he could use them for the ACA remains a mystery.
When Sarah Kliff of Vox reported, "the Obama administration will use the new survey questions to collect data for 2013, the year prior to Obamacare's health insurance expansion, a senior administration official says," NewsBusters P.J. Gladnick declared it a con: Kliff had previously "tweeted some actual Obamacare criticism of the administration over the suspicious changes," said Gladnick, but then Kliff "got her 'mind right'" after "a Ministry of Truth talk with an administration offical." Henceforth this will be our preferred alternative phrase for "updated with new information."
"I'm speechless. Shocked. Stunned. Horrified. Befuddled. Aghast, appalled, thunderstruck, perplexed, baffled, bewildered and dumbfounded," reported Megan McArdle. "It's not that I am opposed to the changes..." You can go read the rest if you like.
For lagniappe, some of the further-out brethren took this three-rail bank shot at Obamacare: "Have an abortion, get a tax deduction thanks to ObamaCARE," gurgled Fire Andrea Mitchell. Actually there's no reason legal abortion would not be, like other medical expenses, tax-deductible if you meet the IRS spending threshold, and conservatives have been trying to disallow the abortion exemption since the 1980s at least (though they've become more vicious about it lately). But why not throw this on the Obamacare bonfire? Others followed suit: "OBAMANATION: Abortion's now tax deductible says IRS," "EVERYONE'S THREE FAVORITE THINGS: OBAMACARE, TAXES, AND ABORTION," etc.
Oh, and the lame stream media are in on it, too, with their corrupt public opinion polls. Get this, said Brian C Joondeph of The American Thinker: "An ABC News/Washington Post poll told us that '[p]ublic support for the Affordable Care Act narrowly notched a new high.'" But observe the slight of hand! "This survey didn't even ask about ObamaCare specifically," reported Joondeph -- "only whether '[y]ou support or oppose the federal law making changes to the healthcare system.'" You'd need an interpreter to figure that one out. Also: "This poll's results were released in conjunction with the president's announcement of 7.1 million new enrollees, further challenging the credibility of the poll based on the timing of release." WAKE UP SHEEPLE.
How this will all play out in November, we can't be sure. We imagine propaganda from either side may have some effect on some swing voters. But, as we've observed before, the brethren never seem to tumble to the fact that people are more inclined to listen to you if you don't sound barking mad.