Monday, November 18, 2013

Nothing Sweeter Than Schadenfreude...

Now, see, there are several things to remember before crowing too much about this story:

1. November 2014 is a million political lifetimes away.
2. This may be part of the strategy.
3. There's still a lot of damage that could be done...

Obama health care woes become credibility fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — Throughout President Barack Obama's first four years in office, he prided himself on his ability to bounce back when much of Washington thought his presidency was in peril.

But the political challenge posed by Obama's disastrous health care rollout is far greater than those he overcame during the nasty debt ceiling fight with Republicans, his stumbling campaign debate in 2012 or even the painful recession.


Because, for once, there is no one to blame but the Democrats. The debt ceiling fight he could blame on Republicans. His campaign debate was swept under the rug, with most of the media declaring him the winner (most before it started...). The health care debacle, OTOH, he owns completely - heck, the media has been falling over itself trying to avoid mentioning that the Republicans forced the shutdown over the implementation of ObamaCare...

You know how you can tell that Obama's signature health care bill is in trouble? The media has stopped referring to it as "ObamaCare" and is using "ACA" or "Affordable Health Care Act." They're still trying their damnedest to shield Teleprompter Jesus from any criticism, but now the real damage is starting to leak out. The more we find out about ObamaCare, the more we're realizing that, gee, those dopey ol' Republicans were right all along.

This isn't Bill Clinton lying about a hummer from an intern here. This is Barack Obama telling the entire nation that they can keep their doctors, that they can keep their insurance, that nothing will change unless they want it to change. And then the realities of ObamaCare starting to hit home. First, retail positions were cut to avoid paying insurance. That wasn't a big deal. What was a big deal, though, was millions of people losing their health insurance as companies stopped covering them.

And the reality is that it will get a LOT worse in the coming months - this isn't going to be swept under the rug like, say, the Benghazi coverup...

That is all.

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6 comments:

Armed Texan said...

It's a dangerous strategy, but I think the Democrats are relying on the Stupid Party to act stupid between now and then. Unfortunately, this strategy has worked far too well for them in the past.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the marriage penalty wasn't too much of a surprise, given the Progressives thoughts about marriage. But calling free/cheap gasoline "access infrastructure" was a new one one me (see govt gas-stations in Detroit, so "members of a traditionally underserved community" can drive to hospitals and clinics.)

LittleRed1

Old NFO said...

Oh yeah, tip of the iceberg on this one... Just wait till the companies start dumping medical plans...

notDilbert said...

The chance that the big issues with the Obamacare web site will be fixed by the end of next week are close to 0% ( They will claim they fixed something ... but it will continue to blow up because the problem is systemic to the design parameters )

The bureaucrats were changing the specs on the fly up to a week before the roll out date.

Weather the Stupid Party can translate that into a 2014 landslide remains to be seen however.

Ian Argent said...

I'm going to be a contrarian about calling the hardcore shutdown types Stupid. If you look at it short term, they lost; they got basically no concessions for standing aside. Long-term? They get to claim they were right to go to the mat to stop this thing - it really is that bad. Whether they knew or this happened to coincide with where the clock stopped, I dunno. There's a saying about something being stupid and working...

Ian Argent said...

I'm betting on stopped clocks myself in the end