The myths of #Obamacare's "failure": "Don't buy the hype, they're playing you for suckers."



Regular readers of TPC know that I'm a fan of Michael Hiltzik. He had a column in yesterday's Los Angeles Times that justifies my fandom. In that column, he debunks the bunk about all that gay French socialist Marxist Kenyan Obamacare failure we keep hearing about. (Thank you, complicit "news" media)

At least the L.A. Times had the good sense to publish some truths: Whaddya know: #Obamacare enrollment surging in many states, and as I recall, Chris Hayes devoted a segment to that news. Yes, actual news. What a concept.

Hiltzik has the good sense and presence of mind to do actual research and-- What's that word again? Oh yeah-- reporting. Please read his entire article, because he did something that's rather unique these days: He did his homework, he documented, he presented-- wait for it-- facts, and he clarified a few things.

One of those things is how Republicans love to gloat about how abysmal the Affordable Care Act is... as they sabotage it. They do everything in their power to break it and then scream, "Lookee, America, ha ha! Obamacare is broken!"

You'd think the entire reform is on "life support," as the usually judicious National Journal put it today, speculating that Democrats may soon start calling for its repeal.

Don't buy the hype. The numbers tell an entirely different story. What they also demonstrate is that the myth of Obamacare's "failure" is a product of the same Republican noise machine that has been working to undermine this crucial reform since Day One. It's assisted by news reporting about canceled health policies that typically ranges from woefully misinformed to spectacularly ignorant, and even at its best is incomplete. [...]

Charles Ornstein of ProPublica found a couple in California who are losing a good Kaiser plan and face a doubled premium for no gain in benefits. But their story is also incomplete. [...]

The bottom line is that we're down to about one-quarter of one-percent of the country being paraded around to set the agenda for everyone else -- fewer than 2 million people. Compare that with the number of people who are being denied health insurance in 21 states that have refused to expand Medicaid, as the Affordable Care Act allows them to do largely at federal expense. (Four other states are still thinking it over.) [...]

The fact is that Obamacare is here to stay. Its customer protections are worth real money to tens of millions of consumers, and it's vastly expanding the insurance market. The politicians claiming that they're only out to "fix" a broken program are playing you for suckers, and not for the first time.

The GOP may be playing us for suckers, but they're the ones who suck. Sophomoric? Yes. True? Yes squared.