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.

  • I never said "insignificant" nor did I imply it. Here's what I did say: " It's a sucky minority that includes a lot of people..." See?

    We agree, you're no Democrat, upper case. You are, however, a troll who failed to read our guidelines. You know what that means, right?

    Bye now! Enjoy your lies, talking points, and baiting. We don't allow that here, so you are banned. Toodles!

  • Ipsophakto

    5% is not insignificant.

    You also have no basis for your assertion about this being "better for the cast majority". That fiction simply can't be true and democrats knew it was / is a fiction. Those lies are fully exposed, naked, shamed by the very words of democrats themselves.

    More people have lost coverage than have gained by 40:1

    Also, estimates are that 93 million will lose coverage The net is a spike in premiums and an astronomical explosion in deductibles.

    This death spiral is already on.

    The very people the government needs will rationally walk away. I'm walking away and simply going to concierge and saving my money instead of scorching it in obamacare furnaces.

    Indeed, I'm no democrat. They don't deserve an uppercase D.

  • I feel for you, but as documentation know shows, you are in a very small 1.5% minority. It's a sucky minority that includes a lot of people, but overall, ACA is working for the vast majority and is here to stay. I wish you the best of luck.

    As for "the toilet flushing of democrats" (it's a capital D, btw), "nonsense." But now we know why you wrote this comment. You're no Democrat.

  • Ipsophakto

    Nonsense. It is imploding.

    I have a great plan being cancelled directly due to the ACA. Full coverage, $525 per mo, $3k deductible, 80/20 copay, no lifetime cap, prescriptions, wellness care, preventative care.

    The cheapest obamacare plan is $1078 per month, $12,000 deductible!

    I can't possibly afford this and I don't want - nor do I qualify for - a subsidy.

    For the first time in my life, my family will have no insurance. I'm livid.

    Wrecking and deceiving peter to pay Paul is economic and political suicide, and Obama pulled the trigger, as did all those democrats who joined in on the parade of lies, empty promises, and false hope & virtue.

    The death spiral is on. The toilet flushing of democrats is also on.