Axelrod: ObamaCare is totally going to change “the attitude that government can’t do anything”

posted at 1:21 pm on April 2, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

I lost count of the number of straw men President Obama burned during his absurdly premature ObamaCare victory lap on Tuesday afternoon — because Republicans literally don’t want people to have health insurance or something, dont’cha’ know — but as Axelrod even admits in this segment, the real debate over whether ObamaCare is really going to “change the attitude that government can’t do anything” has hardly even begun. Yes, the (currently dressed-up) 7 million enrollment figure (which the administration first said was their goal, then walked back, then put forward again) might mean that ObamaCare will be insanely tough to ever really undo, but the country is only just barely embarking on discovering the glories of a government-dominated healthcare market and the costs and limitations that will come with it:

Well, I think there was also an element of relief. … I’m sure it was an exhilarating thing to see the demand for this insurance and the way it all came together at the end. I think that what’s clear is that the people who hoisted the “mission, demolished” banners were a little bit premature in their doomsday forecast. So, I think it will help change the attitude that government can’t do anything, that the system can’t work, and that will be positive. There’s still a long way to go in the public debate. I do believe that this is not going to be repealed, I don’t even think, Steve, the Republicans believe it’s going to be repealed, it’s too rooted now…


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Goebbels loves Axelturd.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Axelturd brought the turd who’s in the WH.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Most un-American of all the presidents

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

LOL! We’ve never disputed that government couldn’t do anything. We only asserted that they couldn’t do anything well or even mediocre.

dominigan on April 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Phony-baloney

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

I love best that Drudge captioned Biden/obama with “April Fools” yesterday. It was perfection pure.

The joke is on the majority of the Nation of Idiots.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM

I agree with Krauthammer’s assessment that this is the death spiral of liberalism.

John the Libertarian on April 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM

It’s certainly changing the attitude that the government can do *everything*.

Schmuck.

Jeff Weimer on April 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Axelturf shouldn’t toke before going on-air.

GarandFan on April 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Heh, indeed

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

So, I think it will help change the attitude that government can’t do anything, that the system can’t work, and that will be positive.

According to Axelrod, the transition from fascism to socialism is achievable.

It also confirms all that many of us have been saying from the start, that Obamacare was never intended to ‘fix’ the healthcare challenges faced within this country. It was all about government seizing 1/6th of the national economy and spending an additional $2.6T over the next decade towards wealth redistribution, social justice, and the left’s warped definition of fairness.

But contrary to Axelrod (and others), the seizure of 1/6th of the national economy can be undone. The EpicClusterFark is hardly an immovable object when 38 major features or components are waived, delayed, or exempted – and the few that are in effect can be easily undone with no real pain except for the wasted billions of spending.

Athos on April 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Yeah, and it’s been -such- a rousing success so far, hasn’t it? :P

Othniel on April 2, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Axelrod: ObamaCare is totally going to change “the attitude that government can’t do anything”

Obamacare is proving “the attitude that government can’t do anything right.
Fixed, like your mom should’ve been, Alexrod.

Cheese Wheel on April 2, 2014 at 1:37 PM

I don’t even think, Steve, the Republicans believe it’s going to be repealed, it’s too rooted now…

Weeds can become rooted, too. It doesn’t mean you don’t dig them out.

It is astounding that people (even R’s and others here) bemoan the inability to repeal ObamaScare because doing so would cause “disruption” of the new normal. ObamaCare caused untold (and still untold) disruption of the nation’s health care system and the economic lives of millions.

If the status quo is insanity, then I suggest that changing it isn’t disruptive. It’s called healing.

IndieDogg on April 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Delusional.

Dack Thrombosis on April 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM

I don’t even think, Steve, the Republicans believe it’s going to be repealed, it’s too rooted now…

The Flukers now only talk about “amending it”.

The D-rats mock them on “repealing it”, because, yes, they can.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Axelrod? Delusional.

Ward Cleaver on April 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Sure, Axelturd

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Yeah, obama’care’, there you go again…

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Oh, we know the government can do plenty.

It can make insurance more expensive.

It can make accessing healthcare more difficult.

It can force us to buy coverages we do not need or want.

But all these things have done little to ‘improve’ my attitude toward big government (at least as Axelrod and his cronies would have it).

If anything Obamacare has reinforced my attitude, making it more entrenched than ever before, that government should not be doing a whole lot of what it is currently trying to do.

s1im on April 2, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Axelturf shouldn’t toke before going on-air.

GarandFan on April 2, 2014 at 1:30 PM

…he looks more the heroin head type!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Your gov’t at work, poisoning you.

I warn you of the picture in the link.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Because until now the right people haven’t been in charge.
 
Why does that seem familiar?

rogerb on April 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

The Democrats will increasingly be presenting a united front on 404Care from now on. They will triumph in doing so. The Republicans will consolidate the Democrats’ victory by saving 404Care. The Dems will embrace the term “ObamaCare,” and it will forever be known as such. The Republicans, after winning the next election cycle (maybe?), will disintegrate and — I almost hope — go the way of the Whigs. They will deserve this fate. After that … who knows? National bankruptcy? Runaway inflation? Whatever. So it is written. So shall it be done.

Nomennovum on April 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Just for Axelturd

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Delusional.

Dack Thrombosis on April 2, 2014 at 1:40 PM

No: political brilliance. These guys know how to play the game.

Nomennovum on April 2, 2014 at 1:47 PM

I was already convinced that government can and will Fluke up anything it puts its hands on. No need to sell me on that, Axelturd.

NotCoach on April 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Nation of Idiots, in the majority, with Goebellian media at the drums.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Well, I think there was also an element of relief. … I’m sure it was an exhilarating thing to see the demand for this insurance and the way it all came together at the end.

Oh Please! That fake number they threw out there 7.1M was, I’m sure, the object of some debate. They couldn’t say 6.9M because that would give critics room, 7M was too even, but 7.1M….. well Dems really knocked Obamacare out of the park in the final hours!!! Game over.

Let’s see just how the systemic problems with Obamacare are dealt with in the upcoming months. Repeal or not of Obamacare is far from settled and the Dems know it.

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM

obama is the biggest destroyer of the USA, with the media obama-shit-eaters sustaining him. I hope they all suffocate from what they consume. It ain’t Beluga caviar, fool. Go to Hell, most all of you.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM

We won! Not only did we win we are the greatest to ever play the game! When will Obama commission his own monument on the mall?

tdarrington on April 2, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Just days after the deadline to enroll for insurance coverage through Nevada Health Link, the first class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of residents who say they signed up and paid their premiums – but were never given coverage.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:52 PM

I think Obama’s picture should hang in every house in America to be a daily reminder of the great things our greatest president ever has done for us common folks.

tdarrington on April 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Show of hands…. How many people believe the rat-eared wonder’s claim of 7.1M? These same people have been ducking and weaving for months when the press or Congress has demanded hard numbers. Then, in the 11th hour they come up with the very number they need for success according to an early CBO scoring!! It’s an April Fool’s Day Miracle!!!!!

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Schadenfreude, pure

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM

The Sham Wow II speech yesterday reminded me of a birthday party for Kim Jung Un. Everybody acting happy…. or else.

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM

When you’re addressing a nation of idiots, and you have stenographers for a press, you can get away with saying anything.

cajunpatriot on April 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

This, and Hagan trails all rivals.

Schadenfreude on April 2, 2014 at 1:58 PM

I think they all could use a great big cup of STFU.

HomeoftheBrave on April 2, 2014 at 1:59 PM

So, I think it will help change the attitude that government can’t do anything, that the system can’t work, and that will be positive.

Wait a minute. Jay Carnage said yesterday that this wasn’t even a government program; that Zerocare was a “private insurance program.” I’m so confused!

http://therightscoop.com/white-house-new-obamacare-tactic-were-talking-about-private-insurance-this-is-not-a-government-program/

TarheelBen on April 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Wait! Before we react, let’s listen to what Boehner and McConnell have to say. I am willing to bet that it will be nothing short of an uplifting call to arms. David Brooks, ever the voice of conservative reason, must weigh in on this development. No blinkered fool he. And until I hear from Karl Rove, I say, “We have not yet begun to fight!”

Nomennovum on April 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The delusion, dishonesty, the insanity in the democrat party and their progressive allies has gone beyond outrageous and disgusting. It’s now down right frightening.

The cowardice of the GOP leadership doesn’t inspire any confidence either.

Joseph OHenry on April 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Wasn’t Prohibition in place for quite a few years? Wasn’t it the law?

vityas on April 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I think Obama’s picture should hang in every house in America to be a daily reminder of the great things our greatest president ever has done for us common folks.

tdarrington on April 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

To be fair, the rat-eared wonder once admitted that Lincoln, FDR, and LBJ might possibly be higher on the list of best Presidents. Just might.

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM

US GOVERNMENT IS WORLD’S 3RD LARGEST ECONOMY

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/03/31/US-Government-Is-Worlds-3rd-Largest-Economy

workingclass artist on April 2, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Joseph OHenry on April 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The delusion, dishonesty, the insanity in the democrat party and their progressive allies has gone beyond outrageous and disgusting. It’s now down right frightening.

Should say: “The delusion chutzpah, dishonesty, the insanity sheer political brilliance in the democrat party and their progressive allies has gone beyond outrageous and disgusting to us conservatives. It’s now down right frightening for the Republican establishment.

The cowardice of the GOP leadership doesn’t inspire any confidence either.

Geez … to say the least!

Nomennovum on April 2, 2014 at 2:09 PM

I nominate the Willis (Sears) tower to be the location of the Obama Library. And to the top we should add a 300 ft tall statue of the great one so he can look down on us for eternity.

tdarrington on April 2, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The hubris on display is truly unprecedented. You create a law that kicks people off their plans, forces them onto the government exchange, threatens to fine them if they resist, and at the end of the day you tout the “demand for this insurance.” When these people fall, it’s going to be hard, and I’m going to savor every minute of it.

Erich66 on April 2, 2014 at 2:20 PM

I nominate the Willis (Sears) tower to be the location of the Obama Library. And to the top we should add a 300 ft tall statue of the great one so he can look down on us for eternity.

tdarrington on April 2, 2014 at 2:14 PM

It’s pretty windy that high up. I think you’d run into problems with the size of the sail area from those ears.

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Axelrod is without a doubt as full of crap as a Christmas Turkey

logicman_1998 on April 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

You create a law that kicks people off their plans, forces them onto the government exchange, threatens to fine them if they resist, and at the end of the day you tout the “demand for this insurance.

Erich66 on April 2, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Remember though, they didn’t use the hard sell approach. Just told folks to log in to healthcare.gov and see what Obamacare could do for them!

Happy Nomad on April 2, 2014 at 2:31 PM

This new united front that the Dems are presenting has two goals: (1) to minimize their losses in the next election and (2) to save ObamaCare from Republican gutting/repeal. I think they will succeed because they have b@lls the size of cantaloupes.

Nomennovum on April 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

So, I think it will help change the attitude that government can’t do Fu*k up anything, that the system can’t work,…

More accurate

NOMOBO on April 2, 2014 at 2:41 PM


This Obama regime is nothing but a gang of pathological liars supported by the same in the media

HAGGS99 on April 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Axelrod: ObamaCare is totally going to change “the attitude that government can’t do anything”

He is right, it is going to change it FROM Possibly and change it TO Indisputably

D-fusit on April 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Akzed: ObamaCare is totally going to change “the attitude that government can do anything” even though it isn’t in the Constitution.

Akzed on April 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

I’m sure it was an exhilarating thing to see the demand for this insurance and the way it all came together at the end.

Demand? The WH created the demand! By kicking over 6 million people off of their existing insurance and imposing IRS penalties on anyone who didn’t have insurance.

You’ve got to be kidding me! Do you honestly think those 6 million wanted Obamacare instead of what they had?

Oxymoron on April 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Some think the government can do anything.

In 1935, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins was fretting about finding a constitutional basis for the Social Security Act. Supreme Court Justice Harlan Fiske Stone advised her, “The taxing power, my dear, the taxing power. You can do anything under the taxing power.

Also cited by Shlays’ The Forgotten Man. No doubt the rationale for John Roberts.

Whether or not it should do anything it can think of, that’s the question.

Akzed on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

That’s an awful lot of celebrating over just filling out paperwork.

Meremortal on April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

This is so typical of the entire Obama term in office. They tout the initial action as if that is that counts. Fast and Furious, “This is unacceptable and we will get to the bottom it”. IRS scandal, “This is unacceptable and we will get to the bottom of this”. Benghazi debacle, “What difference does it make”. NSA spying, “This is unacceptable and we will stop it”.Obamacare enrollment, “We got our goal of 7 million signees so we won”. The initial sign up has no meaning but the next four or five months will when the new enrollees find out they are paying for coverage that is so weak that they will have to come up with $5,000 to $10,000 dollars in deductible BEFORE they get one cent from their insurance. They will opt for the tax instead.

inspectorudy on April 2, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Yeah its finally going to prove to even the LIVs that big government doesn’t work

neyney on April 2, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Gotta love the Red Diaper Baby. Helluva sense of humor: Obamacare

petefrt on April 2, 2014 at 3:32 PM

These people live in their own little fantasy world. Listening to them is like reading Alice in Wonderland.

crankyoldlady on April 2, 2014 at 3:43 PM

So, I think it will help change the attitude that government can’t do anything…

OK! OK! If I admit that the government can do an awful, awful (awful!) lot, will you please leave me alone!!?!?

morganfrost on April 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

No, Axelrod, we saw EXACTLY what government can and shouldn’t do. Very clearly now that BOcare is underway. Repeal and replace. Immediately.

Dandapani on April 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Sure, attitudes are changing, but not the way azzhoegrease thinks.

Government has confirmed in many more minds that gov’t can’t do anything productive that supports the rights and freedoms of citizens. It does the exact opposite, and those that push the idea that nanny gov’t is a good thing are simply profiting from it and are the main reason we can’t shed the corruption.

These people are the stuff you keep trying to scrape off your shoe, but can’t manage to get enough of it off to make the stink go away.

Diluculo on April 2, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Before this mess started about health insurance 85% of the nation was satisfied with their current insurance, however, the democrats wanted the 15% covered and that was mainly our youth and street people who could care less about health insurance. The government got involved and this mess has devastated the insurance business, hospitals, doctors and the general public. Lets take care of this mess in November.

mixplix on April 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

I think it will. The attitude will go from bad to worse.

jukin3 on April 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Hard to repeal? Only in the most technical sense. After 2014, what’s left of the Democrat caucus in either chamber will be so clamoring for relief from their outraged constituents that Obamacare will be amended to within an inch of its original life. The mandates on individuals and employers will be repealed, low-priced catastrophic plans will be re-allowed on the exchanges, interstate coverage will be introduced and artificial premium pricing will give way to actuarial reality. The pressure for drastic legislative reform will approach veto-proof bipartisanship. Obama’s “signature achievement” will amount to rationalizing how Obamacare was mended, and not ended. Can the as I’ve always saids and let me be clears be far behind?

Barnestormer on April 2, 2014 at 10:26 PM