Video: Gigantic boondoggle celebrated

posted at 7:01 pm on April 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

The money line: “The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” You’re welcome, America.

Ben Domenech wonders how one easily manipulated number, which was itself derided as irrelevant by lefty wonks back when it looked like O-Care would never hit its enrollment target, is supposed to meaningfully change the political facts on the ground.

The health care law’s stumbles out of the gate were unexpected, and it’s understandable that supporters would look for any silver lining as a sign of hope that this approach would be a success. But it is a mess. It will continue to be a mess. The winners are heavily outnumbered by the losers at the current moment, and there is no sign that a bend in the cost curve or a shift in premiums will change that dynamic. Supporters of the administration will try to find poll numbers that indicate avenues to success or achieve more support for the law. But the negatives of the law have eroded support among the very constituencies who were supposed to love it.

President Obama promised that under his law, we could keep our plans, we could keep our doctors, and our premium costs would go down. None of that has happened. And unfortunately for supporters of the law, that’s what people care about. All Obamacare had to do to be a popular success was to work – was to match up with the expectations President Obama and the Democrats set for it. If it did, they would be running on the issue for a generation – if it didn’t, the issue would be a weapon for the other side.

It hasn’t. They can’t. It is. And if you think I’m wrong, there’s a handy test for that this fall: it’s called the ballot box.

Yeah, notwithstanding the champagne corks popping on the Hill today, don’t expect to see footage of O taking this rhetorical bow in any Democratic ads this fall, especially after the 2015 premium rates come out. What we’re “celebrating” as a nation is simply pure progressive perseverance in defending a policy that’s failed to deliver on every major promise made in selling it except the feds’ ability to coerce many millions into participating on pain of financial penalties if they didn’t. That’s why the line I quoted up top is the big takeaway. It’s not that the law is working. It’s simply that the law has survived. More from Ramesh Ponnuru:

But it’s clear now that one scenario with a lot of purchase among conservative opponents of Obamacare — that the law would “implode,” “collapse” or “unravel” — is highly unlikely. A quick death spiral was always a remote possibility, even if the early troubles of the exchange websites made it look a little less remote. Many congressional Republicans wanted to believe the idea, though, especially because they viewed it as one more reason they could avoid coming up with their own health-care agenda. (This was illogical — if the program was going to self-destruct in months, wouldn’t the country need a replacement ready? — but the psychological impulse was to avoid grappling with health-care issues.)

Supporters of Obamacare see the enrollment numbers as more evidence that the law is here to stay. Of course, those numbers don’t give us any reason to think that the law will do a lot of good at a reasonable price, or that its basic structure can be modified to pass that test. But the supporters are right that meeting the target of 7 million enrollments will make repealing and replacing the law harder.

One thing I’d add, per Ramesh and contra Ben, is that repeal in 2017 might not be feasible even if a Republican ends up winning the White House. That’s because the Senate landscape in 2016 is as unfavorable to the GOP as this year’s landscape is to Democrats. Sean Trende has modeled both elections and finds it unlikely that Republicans will bank so many seats this year that they’ll end up holding the Senate after Democrats rack up a bunch of wins two years from now. If he’s right then repeal will still face a stumbling block under President Walker or President Paul or whoever — namely, a Democratic Senate. That’s not written in stone, of course: If O-Care is sufficiently disastrous come 2016 that voters hand the White House back to the GOP because of it, even a slim Democratic majority in the Senate might not prevent 60 votes forming for repeal. The point, simply, is that it won’t be easy, even if things work out well electorally for Republicans in the short term.


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April Fools on full display.

My company is cancelling all health care plans this October. My colleagues number over 4000.

Can’t. Wait. To. See. What’s. In. Store. For. Me!!!!

/Woo hooo!!!!!

Oh, and Bishop

Key West Reader on April 1, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Obama rips ObamaCare critics because they are right…….

Everything Obama has done – turns to shit……

redguy on April 1, 2014 at 7:06 PM

Now that is depressing…

sandee on April 1, 2014 at 7:06 PM

“The debate is over. Gun control is a foolish notion that goes against the Constitution and we’re not going to enforce any existing laws on it anymore.”–President Walker, 2016.

See how that plays out.

Phoenix7 on April 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Lying bastards.

Mason on April 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM

April Fools on full display.

My company is cancelling all health care plans this October. My colleagues number over 4000.

Can’t. Wait. To. See. What’s. In. Store. For. Me!!!!

/Woo hooo!!!!!

Oh, and Bishop

Key West Reader on April 1, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Yeah good luck – you are going to love going to HealthCare.gov.

I had to do it because I was dropped from my risk pool.

If I did not have a condition that needs to be treated. I would not have signed up.

I feel like a prisoner.

redguy on April 1, 2014 at 7:08 PM

Has anyone else noticed that Obama announced the “success” of Obamacare on April Fool’s Day?

myiq2xu on April 1, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Probably just a coincidence that today is April Fool’s Day, amirite?

rogaineguy on April 1, 2014 at 7:09 PM

“The debate is over. Gun control is a foolish notion that goes against the Constitution and we’re not going to enforce any existing laws on it anymore.”–President Walker, 2016.

See how that plays out.

Phoenix7 on April 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

We will go celebrate in the streets and shoot our guns into the direction of D.C.

redguy on April 1, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Has anyone else noticed that Obama announced the “success” of Obamacare on April Fool’s Day?

myiq2xu on April 1, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Obama is a fool everyday.

redguy on April 1, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Everything Obama has done – turns to shit……

It’s the Obama Touch.

myiq2xu on April 1, 2014 at 7:10 PM

It’s a big effing Deal Fraud!

trubble on April 1, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Did he ever call it Barrydon’tcare? If you notice they all quit calling it that when the problems arose. If everything is peachy now they should revert, no?

Sven on April 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM

If O-Care is sufficiently disastrous come 2016 that voters hand the White House back to the GOP because of it, even a slim Democratic majority in the Senate might not prevent 60 votes forming for repeal.

IIRC, the bill was passed through budget reconciliation in the Senate, because DeMint refused to agree to a conference committee. (CC required unanimous vote in the Senate.) Budget reconciliation in the Senate only required 51 votes.

Therefore, I think (anyone else know about this?) that a bill passed through budget reconciliation can be repealed through budget reconciliation.

Wethal on April 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Dear viewers of The View and Ellen,

Maybe electing a muslim/marxist/foreign national/jackass that is dedicated to destroying this nation was not a great choice.

Sincerely,

America

DeweyWins on April 1, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Obama’s starring in a really big movie in his own mind.

It is horrifying to sane and responsible people that this man has his hands on the nookliur football.

Lourdes on April 1, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Therefore, I think (anyone else know about this?) that a bill passed through budget reconciliation can be repealed through budget reconciliation.

Wethal on April 1, 2014 at 7:11 PM

I’d be wiling to enforce that with my second amendment rights.

oldroy on April 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Big Bro O and his apparatchiks have declared that Obamacare is a great success. Health insurance now costs only twice what it did a few years ago.

In other news from Big Bro O and your government, Government Motors is now the greatest and most successful automobile company in the world.

Plus, your government’s glorious Five Year economic plan is on track to exceed all expectations. And all tractor factories have far exceeded their quotas.

farsighted on April 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

If O-Care is sufficiently disastrous come 2016 that voters hand the White House back to the GOP because of it, even a slim Democratic majority in the Senate might not prevent 60 votes forming for repeal.

I still don’t understand how “a law” as Obamacare, so-called, is referred to, can maintain “lawfulness” or legal credibility when it’s changed and changed, what, thirty-some times since it’s been deemed to be “a law.”

It makes no sense to me, how this boondoggle of a thing referred to as Obamacare can even still exist “as law” if and as it’s been altered UNlawfully by sheer pen and snipe by a guy in the White House.

Lourdes on April 1, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Plus, your government’s glorious Five Year economic plan is on track to exceed all expectations. And all tractor factories have far exceeded their quotas.

farsighted on April 1, 2014 at 7:15 PM

So did the boot factories.

oldroy on April 1, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Grand success…kick people off insurance they were satisfied with then force them under penalty to pay more and randomly change the law at a whim.. Congratulations…government at its finest moment

jaywemm on April 1, 2014 at 7:19 PM

Wait till all those people find out it’s not free.

Cheese Wheel on April 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM

I would say that the White House should whoop it up and celebrate before the Americans who bought into this boondoggle realize they’ve been had and there’s no way out and revolt…but they won’t. They’ll say “oh well” and go to sleep.

scalleywag on April 1, 2014 at 7:28 PM

We got gypped! There shoulda been a marching band in the rose garden.

SteveInRTP on April 1, 2014 at 7:29 PM

If he’s right then repeal will still face a stumbling block under President Walker or President Paul or whoever — namely, a Democratic Senate.

Just waiver the whole damn thing. Hate to say it, but all that matters anymore is the presidency.

forest on April 1, 2014 at 7:31 PM

“Obamacare is too entrenched to repeal.”

Indeed. A statement not unlike that of George Corley Wallace Jr., “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”

PersonFromPorlock on April 1, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Wait till all those people find out it’s not free.

Cheese Wheel on April 1, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Wait. What??????????

:)

CW on April 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM

…APRIL FOOLS…!!!

KOOLAID2 on April 1, 2014 at 7:41 PM

“…and I killed Osama!” Just Obama taking credit again for something he didn’t do.

sadatoni on April 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM

This was illogical — if the program was going to self-destruct in months, wouldn’t the country need a replacement ready?

I’m sick and tired of these idiots screaming about a replacement for BarkyCare. There is no replacement necessary. Repeal the POS, burn every page of it and scatter the ashes over the cities. That’s it.

The feral government has NO BUSINESS in the individual health insurance/health care system. NONE. Period. Done. End of story.

As to the Vichy GOP slugs who thought that BarkyCare would magically disappear all on its own and didn’t do anything to repeal it – even though the main reason they were given power in 2011 was to repeal the despicable, anti-American POS … they can all go to hell with the democrat America-haters they’ve given aid and comfort to over the years since the third-world, dog-eating retard slimed into an office that he is neither eligible for nor qualified for in any way, shape, or form.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 1, 2014 at 7:45 PM

The problem with Trende’s 2016 Senate forecast is that it completely ignores Obamacare. If costs continue to skyrocket and service continues to erode, that’s what’s going to get a Republican into the White House. If not, Hillary wins in a walk. But if we do get voters to turn out for the GOP in ’16, there’s no reason to think they’ll vote against Hillary and for their friendly Democrat Obamacare supporter.

I don’t buy his logic.

BKeyser on April 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

“This is a big flucking deal……”

Electrongod on April 1, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Doesn’t matter if we have the Senate in 2017. A republican president can just unilaterally suspend the law fow as long as he wants. Thanks Obama!

Cyhort on April 1, 2014 at 7:49 PM

This is from the same regime that fudged numbers on the unemployment rate before the presidential election in 12. I’m sure that a year from now we will find out that HHS did the same thing. BTW, they had no idea what the number was two weeks ago and now instantaneously they know to the nearest 1000.

Quite clearly the Obama regime is lying. The Obama regime always lies. From top to bottom it is lies and obfuscation.

This is a big f*cking lie.

jukin3 on April 1, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Seven MILLION Baby! Read it and weep Rethuglicans! You h8ers refuse to give President Obama any credit even when he knocks one out of the park.

Over 3% of the country has jumped on the winning team in only six months. By the time Obama leaves us we’ll be looking at least double this number. Suck it.

Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Seven MILLION Baby! Read it and weep Rethuglicans! You h8ers refuse to give President Obama any credit even when he knocks one out of the park.

Over 3% of the country has jumped on the winning team in only six months. By the time Obama leaves us we’ll be looking at least double this number. Suck it.

Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Question. Did he do it in mom jeans?

Cheese Wheel on April 1, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Troll.

And a pretty stupid one at that.

HAL, is that you?

farsighted on April 1, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Seven MILLION Baby! Read it and weep Rethuglicans! You h8ers refuse to give President Obama any credit even when he knocks one out of the park.

Nope.

Because we know the black child is a pathological liar who strikes out and claims he hits a home run.

This is typical for you, though. You are merely a liar, a typical welfare fraud and tax cheat of the Obama Party, and we expect no better. That’s why we laugh at you so desperately trying to defend your racist fraud Barack Obama.

Over 3% of the country has jumped on the winning team in only six months. By the time Obama leaves us we’ll be looking at least double this number. Suck it.

Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Leaving 97% of the country squarely against it.

Both you and your black child suck at math. That much is obvious.

northdallasthirty on April 1, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Seven MILLION Baby! Read it and weep Rethuglicans! You h8ers refuse to give President Obama any credit even when he knocks one out of the park.

Over 3% of the country has jumped on the winning team in only six months. By the time Obama leaves us we’ll be looking at least double this number. Suck it.

Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

858,000 newly insured isn’t 3% of the country.

Phoenix7 on April 1, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Is that Bob Barker with Obama?

Rodger on April 1, 2014 at 8:18 PM

It’s ridiculous. They act as if reaching this fictitious meaningless number, somehow makes all of the other real problems with this fiasco suddenly disappear.

Not to mention the number of straw men in this clip are creating a fire hazard.

Oxymoron on April 1, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Over 3% of the country has jumped on the winning team in only six months. By the time Obama leaves us we’ll be looking at least double this number. Suck it.

Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Amusing. The majority of your minority consists of those booted off their plans and left with no choice but to purchase from the only one left, after your leader lied to them about that. That’s jumping on the winning team like North Koreans voting for Kim Jong Un and being required to smile as they leave the voting booth.

Erich66 on April 1, 2014 at 8:21 PM

In the end, we’ll find out that the Democrats blew up the American Health Care System to enroll one million free loaders.

/Accomplishments.

Key West Reader on April 1, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Over 3% of the country has jumped on the winning team in only six months. By the time Obama leaves us we’ll be looking at least double this number. Suck it.

Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Excessive DoucheBaggery.

3%?

Wa wow! That’s totally impressive.

3%

Key West Reader on April 1, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Yeah, notwithstanding the champagne corks popping on the Hill today, don’t expect to see footage of O taking this rhetorical bow in any Democratic ads this fall, especially after the 2015 premium rates come out.

I am sick of you lying to the rabble that is HotAir’s community, Allah. The democrats will run on obamacare in 2014 and beyond! PROUDLY!

Seven MILLION Baby! Read it and weep Rethuglicans! You h8ers refuse to give President Obama any credit even when he knocks one out of the park.

Over 3% of the country has jumped on the winning team in only six months. By the time Obama leaves us we’ll be looking at least double this number. Suck it.

Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

You tell ‘em, Frank! Consider it sucked!

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 8:27 PM

“The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” You’re welcome, America.

How true. Anyone want to try and get rid of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid? Or, asked another way, what government program, once started, has ever been closed down?

If O-Care is sufficiently disastrous come 2016 that voters hand the White House back to the GOP because of it, …

Ha. By 2016 the stupid party RINOs will have passed amnesty and America as we know it will be done, over, finished, ended. We’ll have a 1 party system: Dem progressive and Dem lite.

Ruckus_Tom on April 1, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Maybe I should have said “Frankshop!”

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Who needs the votes for repeal? Follow a page from your predecessor and EO it!

Ukiah on April 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

Some 3% are more equal than others.

Three percent? That’s it. What’s the hullabaloo about.

libfreeordie on October 31, 2013 at 4:51 PM

farsighted on April 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

You lousy cons just won’t admit that the reversal of Bush policies and the implantation of obamacare has resulted in tax cuts for 150% of the people.
I hope you roast in hell for your evil greed! Just like Rethuglicans. Your masters are the party of the rich. And you would deny essential life-saving medical stuff to those simply because they have a different skin color! God has a nice warm place for you so I hope you dress for it!

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

I’m starting to like you Comrade Lanceman!

Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

ANY number coming out of the White House can be assured to be a LIE!

Lanceman – Bend over and shove it up your ass!

GarandFan on April 1, 2014 at 8:46 PM

I’m starting to like you Comrade Lanceman!

Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

We will yet beat these lousy, stinkin’ filthy Rethuglicans back! The teabaggers can suck it!

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 8:50 PM

I’m starting to like you Comrade Lanceman!
Frank Lib on April 1, 2014 at 8:44 PM

He’s parodying you, you moron.

Chuck Schick on April 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

He’s parodying you, you moron.

Chuck Schick on April 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Frank is one of us, Chuck. I’ll give you three guesses as to who it is, but you ain’t gonna need two of ‘em.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Civil unrest is in our future….

d1carter on April 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM

even a slim Democratic majority in the Senate

Will not exist. Harry Reid will be retiring come November.

John the Libertarian on April 1, 2014 at 10:02 PM

If a Republican president in 2017 doesn’t have the votes in Congress to repeal Obama are, then he should issue an executive order delaying any enforcement of it until 2021. (There is a precedent, after all.)

Jingo95 on April 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM

It took me this long to comment because after I watched that video I had to clean the vomit off of my keyboard and monitor. Then, while drinking my evening glass of warm milk I had it run out my nose because I was laughing so hard at those libtards FrankLib and Lanceman. ;) Good job guys.

NOMOBO on April 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Frank, you have really been working on that wrist action- congratulations!

Quite a nice stringer in this thread.

Pless1foEngrish on April 1, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Frank is one of us, Chuck. I’ll give you three guesses as to who it is, but you ain’t gonna need two of ‘em.

Lanceman on April 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Damn you guys.

Chuck Schick on April 2, 2014 at 12:52 AM

Best of all, Drudge captioned this photo with “April Fools”.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 12:59 AM

Three Steps to Success, Obama Style;

Step 1: I take away your existing health care insurance

Step 2: I force you at gunpoint to sign up for My Health Care Insurance

Step 3: I pat myself on the back for providing you this wonderful service!

jaydee_007 on April 2, 2014 at 3:58 AM

Gimme a break, you Eeyore. We repealed the 18th Amendment, for goodness sake. There will never be enough people helped by this Rolling Disaster to counter the millions of voters seriously harmed by it.

tkmcp on April 2, 2014 at 10:55 AM