Durbin: Why, I think ObamaCare is on its way to being a success!

posted at 8:41 am on October 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Let’s see if we can figure this out.  Do most “substantial success[es]” require a “tech surge” after a three-and-a-half year rollout?  Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) seems to believe so.  He told Chris Wallace yesterday on Fox News Sunday that the rollout itself might have its issues, but that the program is succeeding, and uses the web traffic as evidence.  Wallace isn’t buying it (via NRO):

A top Senate Democrat said on Sunday that ObamaCare is “on its way to be a substantial success.”

Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, defended the rollout of the healthcare reform law in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” while noting that “it’s off to a rough start with the website.” …

On Saturday evening, the administration announced that 476,000 people had successfully applied for insurance through the government site. However, the Department of Health and Human Services did not disclose precisely how many of those applicants were successfully signed up for insurance.

Wallace jumped all over Durbin for using the traffic and the sign-up figures, which have nothing to do with actual purchases of insurance plans.  Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) wasn’t buying it either:

“I don’t think this plan will work because it’s based on a couple of premises that won’t work,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) replied.

“But when you can’t even put together the package to sign up, that shows how big a job it is for the federal government to manage 16 percent of the economy and people’s health insurance plans. It’s not where the federal government should be.”

CNN’s Don Lemon thinks it might be a success, too … for Republicans.

“All they had to do instead of shutting the government down was just let this happen and that would have made their case to them.”

Arguably true, but the shutdown will be forgotten soon enough.  This disaster will continue to unfold all year long.


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ObamaFail will continue to kick democrats in the nads all the way to the midterms.

HotAirian on October 21, 2013 at 8:46 AM

The Emperor’s new clothes are splendid! No, he is not nekkid, your eyes are lying to you.

olesparkie on October 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

“All they had to do instead of shutting the government down was just let this happen and that would have made their case to them.”

No, shutting down the government helps them. Next year when Obamacare is a major issue in the midterm elections, a lot of Republicans(especially in the House) can tell voters that they did what they could to defund or delay this disaster but were thwarted by the Dems and a handful of RINOs in Congress. What will the Democrat defense be for that?

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

He lies!

claudius on October 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM

With that logic, America does not have an obesity problem, as I see a lot of people walking down the Slim Fast aisle.

hillsoftx on October 21, 2013 at 8:50 AM

He lies!

claudius on October 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM

We die.

onomo on October 21, 2013 at 8:53 AM

What will the Democrat defense be for that?

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

They will blame Bush. Or racism. Or Republicans. Or all of that.

The last line of defence will be them saying “if the shut down hadn’t occurred this wouldn’t have happened!”

Gatsu on October 21, 2013 at 8:56 AM

THEY have their goodies in Congress and in the Ruling Class…….their “rules” you might say……and we have a different set of guidelines/edits/orders to follow.

It’s all rosy here in the fundamentally transforming United States of America.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57608255/washingtons-open-secret-profitable-pacs/

The government shutdown that finally ended on Wednesday night furloughed 800,000 government workers for the better part of two weeks, but there was one group of federal employees that was able to maintain the lifestyle that many of them have grown accustomed to: members of Congress.

With all the talk about their irreconcilable political differences, we wanted to see if they shared any common ground. And we found some. For example, there seems to be a permanent majority in Congress that’s completely satisfied with the current state of campaign financing and congressional ethics and members of both parties have institutionalized ways to skirt the rules.

Most Americans believe it’s against the law for congressmen and senators to profit personally from their political office but it’s an open secret in Washington that that’s not the case. As the saying goes the real scandal in Washington isn’t what’s illegal, it’s what is legal.

Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss likes golf, so much so that he spent more than $100,000 the past two years entertaining at some of the finest courses in the world. New York congressman Gregory Meeks prefers football. He spent $35,000 on NFL games. All of this was paid for with political contributions — all in the name of democracy

Peter Schweizer: I think campaign fundraising is increasingly not just about winning elections. It’s a lifestyle subsidy.

PappyD61 on October 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Yup, he really is the No. 2. Couldn’t have said it better.

msupertas on October 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Durbin: Why, I think ObamaCare is on its way to being a success!

Sheeesh !

They don’t call him ‘Dick’ Durbin for nothing…. :(

BigSven on October 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM

and the CNN reporter clueless as usual reporting people must be signed up by the end of March when it has been revealed mid-Feb is the deadline…each of those reporters were displaying their embarrassment and easy to read all of them are Obamabots…

hillsoftx on October 21, 2013 at 8:58 AM

It will be a shining city on the hill….just like Detroit.

Zaggs on October 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Don’t worry Senator, we’re all being kept busy here in Teatermerica. Latch on Dependents, it’s easy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyMtHa-WKnM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQgWHWVrWs0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX6klm7bSqI

PappyD61 on October 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

So the GOP -heh; actually, some in the GOP- were trying to save the country from spending billions more on this absolute failure of another government boondoggle, and the thought is that they damaged the brand as Obamacare was revealing itself to the nation.

Ludicrous.

BKeyser on October 21, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Never forget that Durbin also thinks are troops are worse than Nazis, Pol Pot and the Soviet gulags.

batterup on October 21, 2013 at 9:13 AM

We should be able to cancel congress like a bad TV show.

Oldnuke on October 21, 2013 at 9:13 AM

What will the Democrat defense be for that?

Doughboy on October 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

It was the repubs fault and the MSM will go above and beyond to push that “fact”. The repubs will not defend themselves but rather attack each other which will seal the deal.

Dr. Frank Enstine on October 21, 2013 at 9:17 AM

This is the real problem of the progressive liberals royal court. The Democrats CAN NOT TELL THE TRUTH!! How can society function in a positive manner when Congress lies to the American public. Durbin is an idiot and a liar.

karlinsync on October 21, 2013 at 9:22 AM

He’s deranged.

sadatoni on October 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Really, libs, Dick Durbin? You actually elected this dog-eyed fool?

Bishop on October 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Thank you again John Roberts you putz! Lotta good all that schooling did you.

racquetballer on October 21, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Maybe the web traffic is from people reading it so they’ll know what’s in it. This guy doesn’t exactly live in Realville, does he. Either he’s deliberately misrepresenting the facts of the issue(he’s lying) or he’s really that stupid. Take your pick. Since he’s a dem, I’ll go with my first choice.

Kissmygrits on October 21, 2013 at 9:27 AM

He’ll have “an” hairpiece with that!

What he is spouting is Pravda.

Thank you, Komrade.

Sherman1864 on October 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

They’ll say and do whatever to get re-elected. And if americans keep voting these same fools in, well we’re effed.

racquetballer on October 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

And, the Illinois GOP is having a hard time getting a good candidate to run against Durbin. Sad times…

Fallon on October 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Don Lemon…?

d1carter on October 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

“All they had to do instead of shutting the government down was just let this happen and that would have made their case to them.”

Arguably true, but the shutdown will be forgotten soon enough. This disaster will continue to unfold all year long.

I hope the people don’t forget the shutdown. I hope they remember it very well. That way when the GOP says “We told you so”, they’ll know the GOP at least did something to try to prevent this punchline of a policy…

JohnGalt23 on October 21, 2013 at 9:35 AM

The shutdown was very instructive though. We saw what Obama was cable of doing, and…..what the GOP was not capable of doing.

Dongemaharu on October 21, 2013 at 9:39 AM

How can he say that with a straight face?

Pazman on October 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Durbin… fcukin’ socialist authoritarian.

ExpressoBold on October 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

One of the most important things the American people ignore when people like Durbin or even President Obama speak is WHO THEY ARE.

Dick Durbin was caught several years ago committing Perjury, FRAUD, and Stealing Millions of Tax Dollars in a SCAM with his SON. He, as head of a Committee, gave a government contract worth several millions of dollars to his son for providing a warehouse (owned by his son) for storage for the Navy. During an audit after years, the Navy declared they knew nothing about it, the warhouse had remained empty for years, and half of the millions being given to Durbin’s son was being handed right back to Daddy Durbin. NEITHER ONE OF THEM SPENT AN HOUR IN JAIL! (There is your ‘Checks & Balances’, for ya).

Obama is a self-professed Communist-Tutored, Hate-Spewing Racist Anti-American ‘Pastor-Mentored’, Saul Alinsky ‘Rules For Radicals’ Student who has quoted ‘Rules for Radicals’ during his Inauguration Speech, a man who had declared he will fundamentally change the US, and as we have seen NOT for the better.

So people REALLY should know who they are listening to and then decide how much stock they should put into what they are saying.

easyt65 on October 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The perception that the shutdown is a big problem for the Republicans will persist as long as it’s possible to keep the Obamacare rollout off the front pages. Once Obamacare hits the front pages, all references to the GOP trying to get it delayed for a year will be removed by Pravda and Izvestia, with a Touch of Tass.

bflat879 on October 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Why does anyone give Sen. Turdbin any publicity. I once met this a&& and he’s even dumber in person.

Annar on October 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

The Republicans were wrong to try to stop this disaster? Hmm… interesting spin there.

UnderstandingisPower on October 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Dickless Durbin could stand on a pile of smoking rubble and tell you ‘at least we won’t have to worry about winter heating’.

GarandFan on October 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Using their numbers, we are looking at approximately a 2.4% success rate for getting applications from visitors. Or a 97.6% failure rate.

BioTeachEd on October 21, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Is there any doubt that this man resides in the lower quintile of intelligence?

Another Drew on October 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM

We need more people like Durbin in Congress. His state is doing great.

Detroit is cheering him because they will no longer be the biggest “belly-up” public locality in history (I think Jimmy Carter is supporting Obama for the same reason).

Why do we listen to Reps from states that are one step away from bailouts because of liberal policies?

teejk on October 21, 2013 at 3:41 PM

There he goes again…..moving his lips!

tomshup on October 21, 2013 at 3:58 PM

D I c k !

KOOLAID2 on October 21, 2013 at 10:51 PM

What scares me is that so many stupid people actually take
the fool seriously.

I mean, really…
C’mon DICK!

shorebird on October 21, 2013 at 11:42 PM