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September 19, 2014

Attacking Obamacare: When Substance Doesn’t Work, Try Fabrication

Paul Krugman comments on recent Obamacare attack ads that were subsequently debunked.

“I’m not sure whether conservatives realize yet that their Plan A on health reform — wait for Obamacare’s inevitable collapse, and reap the political rewards — isn’t working. But it isn’t.”

“And conservatives don’t really have a Plan B — in their world, nobody even dares mention the possibility that health reform might actually prove workable. Still, you can already see some on the right groping toward a new strategy, one that relies on highlighting examples of the terrible harm Obamacare does. There’s only one problem: they haven’t managed to come up with any real examples.”

Why not?

“The most likely answer is that the true losers from Obamacare generally aren’t very sympathetic. For the most part, they’re either very affluent people affected by the special taxes that help finance reform, or at least moderately well-off young men in very good health who can no longer buy cheap, minimalist plans. Neither group would play well in tear-jerker ads.”

  • Wynstone

    Nightmare scenarios that have been highlighted by various conservative lawmakers have been proven false and those with stories to tell have distinct ties to the Tea Party. Yet there is no backlash for an obvious misinformation campaign.

    If Democrats were involved in direct lies of this scale to the media, there would be outrage. One can only conclude the media is complicit when they don’t even fact check these spurious claims. Their falseness is only unearthed by watchdogs.

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