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Liberals on Obamacare’s collapse: Damn this Republican sabotage!

posted at 2:19 pm on July 10, 2013 by

Bad news, you guys.  WaPo’s Greg Sargent is terribly aggrieved, and so is “respected Beltway insider” Chuck Todd — so pay attention, or something:

It’s not unusual to hear dirty hippie liberal blogger types (and the occasional lefty Nobel Prize winner) point out that today’s GOP has effectively abdicated the role of functional opposition party, instead opting for a kind of post-policy nihilism in which sabotaging the Obama agenda has become its only guiding governing light. But when you hear this sort of argument coming from Chuck Todd, the mild-mannered, well respected Beltway insider, it should prompt folks to take noticeThis is not typical opposition, and its good to hear this stated outright by someone as respected inside the Beltway as Chuck Todd. The only mystery is why more journalists aren’t willing to point it out. After all, Republicans are making this basic reality harder and harder to ignore.

Sargent vented his frustration on Twitter yesterday afternoon, prompting this fun exchange:

And therein lies the problem with the Left’s ‘blame Republicans’ gambit on Obamacare.  The law — which has been deeply unpopular from day one, and remains so to this day — is unraveling all on its own:

Todd and Sargent are very upset that Republicans aren’t helping Democrats implement a law that was jammed down the country’s collective throat, against the public’s wishes.  Sabotage!   Let’s review a few facts: Democrats — and only Democrats — crafted, advocated, voted for, and signed this law.  Whether they like it or not, they own every part of it.  If the Left thinks the “Republican obstructionism” card will suddenly become an effective rhetorical tool in the Obamacare fight, they’re delusional…The White House, not Republicans, has delayed and put off its various provisions.  And Democrats have helped repeal several ludicrous elements of the law, such as the CLASS Act scheme, and the ruinous 1099 reporting provision.  Democrats can whine all they want about some Republican governors refusing to go along with Obamacare’s reckless expansion of Medicaid.  But these governors are only able to exercise that option because the law’s Medicaid mandate — dreamed up and backed entirely by Democrats — was ruled unconstitutional by a 7-2 Supreme Court majority.  Republican obstructionism!  Liberals also growl that many governors declined to set up Obamacare exchanges in their states, leaving the feds to pick up the slack (which they’re failing to accomplish in time).  These chief executives’ freedom to say “no thanks” was written into the law.  If Democrats are angry about that, they have nothing to blame but their own sloppiness.

The fact is that Sargent, et al are demoralized.  They’ve spent years shilling for a law that the public has always recognized as hot garbage.  Now that the fetid stench of said garbage has grown so unbearable that the president himself is dragging the trash bag out back for a year or more, Obamacare’s most zealous apologists are desperately seeking scapegoats.  They can’t acknowledge the real problem, obviously, because they’re far too ideologically invested in their Obamacare fable.  Instead, they do what comes naturally.  They blame those infernal Republicans, who had nothing to do with the terrible law’s passage, and whose sustained opposition to it mirrors the public’s.  In fact, Sargent’s own turn-of-phrase neatly describes the American people’s enduring distaste for Obamacare: “This is not typical opposition!”

Parting thoughts: (1) If you consider Chuck Todd’s analogy, it fails on several levels.  Like many conservatives, I opposed Medicare Part D because it expanded an unsustainable program.  That being said, it has delivered on its promise of lowering drug costs for seniors through the power of choice and competition.  It has also come in significantly under budget.  Also, Democrats fought the bill at the time because it didn’t spend enough, not because they were against it in principle.  Obamacare presents a different situation on every count. (2) Since when do Republicans have some moral obligation to lay down their arms and embrace a destructive policy they oppose in their bones?  Do liberals ever behave this way?  Think of their furious response to the successful Iraq surge, their fight against Prop 8, their failed recall attempt in Wisconsin, and their disruptive abortion horde in Austin.  Atypical opposition is fine, so long as the Left’s wielding it.

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Yes, I keep hearing this myself, and I’m confused as to what, exactly, the GOP is doing to obstruct Obamacare?

Pretty much nothing, right? I mean, there’s pretty much nothing they can do. After all, it’s been explained to us quite clearly.

It’s. The. Law.

Except when it isn’t, apparently.

Chris of Rights on July 10, 2013 at 2:36 PM

These self-appointed intellectuals just can’t stand the fact that they were completely wrong and the Tea Party was correct. Now it’s obvious to everyone how stupid they are. They’re desperate to spin this.

forest on July 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

Darn if there had only been some grass roots political party that could have warned them. Oh, yea. There was.

Not a single Republican voted for this cluster F. Why should any Republican try and save it?

So many people told the D’s that you can flap your arms as much as you want, you still can’t fly. Yet it’s the Republican’s fault that they broke their leg when they tried to fly off the barn roof?

kurtzz3 on July 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM

They’ve spent years shilling for a law that the public has always recognized as hot garbage.

Hot garbage or steaming pile, your pick.

John the Libertarian on July 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM

I hope you don’t mind me appropriating your post, rvastar. But it deserves to be posted again here. And when the libs do it again. And again. And again. Ad infinitum.

You’re all missing the point by a country mile, since, for some reason, you all seem to be thinking that the impending train wreck that’s coming is going to be pinned on the Democrats and that they are going to be held accountable for it.

Question: who – exactly – is going to be holding them accountable? The US news media?…which is nothing more that the Democratic party’s Ministry of Propaganda? The American people?…half of whom are now unadulterated morons?


The Democrat playbook is really very simple. All you have to do is look back at the housing bubble to see how it works:

1. Create a crisis under the guise of promoting “social justice”.
2. When the crisis hits, use the Leftists news media to deflect blame away from the Democrats so that it lands on Republicans and private enterprise.
3. Use the ginned up public outrage that’s created by the Leftist news media to hammer Republicans and win elections.
4. Use their electoral gains to “solve” the “crisis” by enacting even more govt control over the sector in question.

The point of ObamaCare never had anything to do with improving access to health care…they delusionally believe that is what will happen later.

The real goal of ObamaCare is two-fold.

The first goal is to drive insurance rates through the roof, so that private enterprise will stop providing it to their employees. The societal impact of this will be the biggest social upheaval since the 1960′s, with the middle class rising up in abject fury. And the Democrats – with the help of their media allies – plan to point that fury directly at the heads of the Republican party, corporate America, and the private health insurance industry.

When the SHTF, what you’re going to hear from the Democrats is this:

“Hey, don’t blame us! This isn’t our fault! This is the insurance industry’s fault! The reason they’ve jacked up premiums so much is because they’re greeeeeeedy and evil! And blame the company that you work for…because they’re greeeeeeedy and evil too! And most importantly, blame the Republicans…because they’re the best friends of these greeeeeeedy and evil fat cats!”

And with nary a blink, the US news media will swallow that whole and regurgitate – verbatim – for months.

The second goal of ObamaCare is to destroy the private health insurance industry, so that it can be replaced with single-payer. And that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Businesses are no longer going to offer health insurance benefits, since it will be more economically feasible for them to pay the associated penalties for not providing insurance. That means that individuals are going to have two choices: buy directly from private insurance companies or join a govt-sponsored health care exchange. But as I said, insurance premiums are about to skyrocket, making it impossible for most people to afford to pay directly, so most will joint the govt exchanges. When that happens, the govt will use their now massive influence in the markets to undercut and manipulate the private insurance companies until the simply fold up shop.

Everyone crying about “the American people won’t accept single-payer” is delusionally naive: once private health insurance is destroyed, EVERYONE will accept single-payer…because you won’t have any choice.

And the stupid American public will buy it.

Mark my words.

rvastar on July 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Sad to say, I think you are right about this.

Sterling Holobyte on July 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Sterling Holobyte on July 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM

If the media were doing their jobs and if so many low educated, knuckle dragging morons weren’t Dem voters and if the Repubs would actually grow a pair then these charges wouldn’t stick. Alas I think they will. You are dealing with a demographic that considers Dancing with the stars to be high art.

neyney on July 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Sounds like something out of Scooby Doo – “This law would have been implemented correctly if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids (repubs)”

bbinfl on July 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Chuck Todd is an msnbc *ssclown. Don’t see no,”mild-mannered, well respected Beltway insider.”
Well maybe when he “leans forward”. Leave that to the rest of the msnbc circle of &ssclowns to verify.

onomo on July 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

And the stupid American public will buy it.

Mark my words.

rvastar on July 9, 2013 at 11:14 AM

Great analysis. Alas.

talkingpoints on July 10, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Alas, it appears that real life imitates the Beastie Boys yet again:

I can’t stand it, I know you planned it
I’m gonna set it straight, this Watergate
I can’t stand rocking when I’m in here
‘Cause your crystal ball ain’t so crystal clear

So while you sit back and wonder why
I got this f++king thorn in my side
Oh my God, it’s a mirage
I’m tellin’ y’all, it’s a sabotage”

Bru on July 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

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