On Fox’s The Five last night, the subject of whom to blame for the Obamacare debacle came up. Bob Beckel thought the Republicans should apologize to the Democrats: Republicans had messed up Obamacare. Greg Gutfeld was incredulous, and told Bob to shut up.
Not good form, that. There’s no point in losing one’s cool, even if on a “hot-head show.”
After all, Beckel has a plausible point. Obamacare isn’t working. And Republicans have fought against it. Did Republican obstructionism really injure the new program’s rollout?
Is it the very essence of Obamacare to fail, or did opponents hobble it from the start?
Now, before we answer, consider what kind of a question it is. It relates to the bully’s ploy of knocking someone down and then kicking them on the ground, taunting “Weakling!”
A few months ago it became all the rage amongst “liberals” to taunt advocates of laissez faire (interestingly, an old liberal doctrine) for markets never having been made fully free and unsubsidized — for remaining just an unachieved ideal, not a live policy anywhere.
Why the failure of laissez faire?
Because its enemies keep on knocking the policy into oblivion, kicking its proponents until they cry “uncle.”
So, did Republicans similarly kick Obamacare into its current mess?
Well, they were unsuccessful in stopping its passage, or unfunding it, or even postponing it.
Some Republican governors (and activist citizens) have prevented the policy from insinuating itself into their states, as was their right. That’s it.
None of these things had anything to do with 1) the website failures and low enrollment, 2) the massive losses of promised continuance of existing insurance policies, or 3) the expected rise in insurance premiums.
Nice try, Bob. But no “uncles” here.
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