DWS: Once Americans start experiencing Obamacare, “they’re not going to want to let it go”
posted at 4:01 pm on September 20, 2013 by Erika Johnsen
That’s one way to spin the ol’ narrative, I suppose — that Republicans are actually trembling in fear that Americans are going to fall head over heels in love with ObamaCare once all of those pesky “glitches” are worked out (whenever that may be), and that’s precisely why conservatives are looking to thwart and undermine it in each and every way possible. That seems to be the line of thought running around in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz‘s head, anyway:
CHRIS HAYES: Is there some point where there is victory here? Ae we doomed to be fighting about Obamacare until I am an old man?
REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ (D-FL): I don’t think so. In fact, that is exactly why the tea party Republicans are hell-bent on doing everything they can to try to stop Obamacare from going online on October 1st. Because even as Ted Cruz said the other day, this is the real transparent deal here, Chris, is that they know that once people realize the benefits of Obamacare, once they can no longer be dropped or denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, once they are able to fully benefit from the coverage that will be provided, they’re not going to want to let it go. … That is what the Republicans are desperate to prevent from coming fully online because they know that there’s no turning back after that, and they know they will have lost. And that’s why they’re willing to harm the economy in order to stop it from happening.
Err, sorry, but I actually don’t “know” that Republicans “will have lost” at all. Anything is possible, I suppose, and entitlements once granted don’t tend to readily reverse themselves, but my assessment of the situation would run rather the other way: That Democrats are the ones panicking that ObamaCare’s longstanding unpopularity is only going to grow worse as people are forced to either buy insurance or pay a penalty, and that often the coverage they’ll be forced to buy will be substandard while in the meantime the quality of and waiting times for health care across the country decline. Health and Human Services released a study earlier this week, for instance, triumphantly proclaiming that millions of Americans (individuals, not households, ahem) will be eligible for insurance premiums of less than (a very loosely calculated) $100/week. What they neglected to mention, however, was that a huge chunk of their highly generous estimate was merely the result of shifting people onto a highly faulty Medicaid program and not a miraculously inexpensive function of the entire brilliant system.