Friday, April 04, 2014

I'm pretty sure E.J. Dionne is just trolling here

Here's the Obamacare apologist finally coming to his senses:
Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to concocting new claims as if they had never made the old ones?
Yes! YES!  Is there any accountability to the clowns who said that you could keep your doctor, could keep your insurance, a family's premiums would go down, and a whole other list of outright lies?

Oh wait: E.J. is stoked about the 7 million who have signed up for Obamacare...after they were kicked off their regular insurance.
So let's say it out loud: The ACA is doing exactly what its supporters said it would do. It is getting health insurance to millions (right now, it looks like around 10 million) who didn't have it before.
Please do "say it loud" Democrats, during the midterm elections.  Marc Thiessan explains:
Recall that between 5 million and 6 million Americans lost their health plans because of Obamacare last fall. If the administration now succeeds in signing up 5 million to 6 million previously insured Americans, it will have achieved . . . nothing. Breaking even is no great accomplishment.
Ah, but don't forget about the higher taxes, the restricted access, the attenuation of religious liberties, the cost to businesses that will lead to job loss, and the lawlessness of delay and "selective enforcement."

Now that Obamacare is a reality and not just an abstract, there will be accountability.


We'll bite your legs off! said...

Politico's headline said it with far more brevity:

ACA critics: Homina, homina, homina

Now that Obamacare is a reality and not just an abstract, there will be accountability.

Absolutely. The Black Knight will see to that. Black Knight 2016!

Eric said...

Listen to James Carville and Debbie Wasserman: own it proudly!

Anonymous said...

It's looking like Mitch McConnell will suffer the vengeance of health care accountability before One-Term Obama does.

Eric said...

Oh fer sure, fer sure: Kentucky is going to kick out the guy who would become Senate Majority Leader.

E.J. Dionne, you troll you! said...

South Dakota kicked out Tom Daschle. And Harry Reid would have lost if not for his allies in the Tea Party. But Mitch McConnell is perfectly safe.

Also, Obamacare accountability will now come home to roost (Obama himself vs. "Day One Repeal" Romney apparently having been too abstract).

Some other Obamacare forecasts from this blog:

January 19, 2010:
Are you enjoying the delicious irony of a Republican elected in Massachusetts to replace Ted Kennedy's seat and cast the deciding vote to kill health care reform?

January 22, 2010:
Even now, as Americans turn away from health care reform, the Ahabs are coming out to insist that we can still get that White Whale. ...But it's done at least for 2010, and no amount of wishing is going to change that fact. The media would serve themselves, and their liberal comrades, if they reported it.

March 1, 2010:
Count me as one who is skeptical that the Dems will fall on their sword for the "permanent transformation" of America. Congressmen and women like their cushy, pampered sinecures. ...Politics are local and nothing is more local than a Congressman's own status. Why vote for an unpopular piece of legislation to face oblivion (worst case) or years of constituents yelling at you (best case)? These Capitol Hill critters are no fools. They see the polls. ...The name of the game right now is creating a false sense of momentum. ...The votes just aren't there.

June 27, 2012:
Well, I guess it's time to put it on the line and make a prediction about tomorrow's Obamacare ruling.  I'm not going to overthink it: the conservative justices were pretty transparent during oral arguments that they thought the Commerce clause has limits.  The individual mandate goes down 5-4. ...The justices must also know that if they let this mess stand in toto they'd just be inviting years of contentious new cases as everything unravels.  I say the whole law goes down 6-3.

June 29, 2012:
Weekly Standard: "This election just became about Obamacare." This ain’t 2008.

Eric said...

Jesus, what are you, stalking me?

Here's the main difference: my mistakes about Obamacare didn't force millions of people of their insurance.

Where did E.J. Dionne get his crazy idea? said...

The main takeaway here is that Senator McConnell should be grateful for your confidence, but not reassured.

Google is stalking now? “Vikingpundit” (no space) is not a very common word. The series of things that were each going to take down Obamacare were attached to dates.

You’re not a TV clown like Bill Kristol. Consider uncertainty.

Google is a stalker's best friend said...

You must be doing some serious damage if this doctrinaire liberal is devoting his life's energy to trolling you.

Just think of yourself as living rent-free inside his head.

Anonymous said...

"The time has come, and there will be accountability. But don't quote me."