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July 23, 2014

When Will Republicans Admit They Were Wrong on Obamacare?

E.J. Dionne: “Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong? Is there any cost to those who say things that turn out not to be true and then, when their fabrications or false predictions are exposed, calmly move on to concocting new claims as if they had never made the old ones?”

“Those who want to repeal the law will have to admit that they are willing to deprive these people, or some large percentage of them, of insurance.”

“Too many conservatives would prefer not to say upfront what they really believe: They don’t want the federal government to spend the significant sums of money needed to get everyone covered. Admitting this can sound cruel, so they insist that their objections are to the ACA’s alleged unworkability, or to ‘a Washington takeover of the health system’ (which makes you wonder what they think of Medicare, a far more centralized program). Or they peddle isolated horror stories that the fact-checkers usually discover are untrue or misleading.”

  • dw

    They’re still fighting Medicare and Social Security, so I would guess “never”.

  • MrBeale

    “Is there any accountability in American politics for being completely wrong?”
    Only for Democrats.

  • John Cook

    You are right I do not want the Gov to spend large sums of money……unless it is clearly stated in the Constitution on things like intra/inter state commerce or defending the US borders. You have no clue what is happening outside the castle gates of DC…you’ll find out in just a few months..

    • Lorehead

      Speaking of people who were completely wrong concocting new predictions as if they never made the old ones, didn’t you say exactly the same thing in 2012?

      • sglick

        Yaawnn…isn’t ‘armed revolution’ always the Tea Party/Conservative’s fallback position? It’s truly strange how people who always claim to love liberty and freedom so much are willing to turn America into Somalia just because a few million poor people now have health insurance.

        • Red Phillips

          Well, shoot… 150 years ago the exact same people from the exact same region did the exact same thing in a very large part to preserve the “freedom’ to keep a system that unashamedly allowed them to own, breed and slaughter human beings like cattle. That sort of disgraceful sabotage of a civil society seems to be always on the minds of many whenever things don’t turn out the exact same way they demand. History is just putting out this era’s version of it.

      • BlueJoubert

        and 1859 and 1864 and 1899 and 1929 and 1945 and 1961 and ………….

        • Lorehead

          Hey, the Republicans won in 1860 and 1864.

    • http://obligatorydiscord.blogspot.com Roehl

      This isn’t your US history class from high school. You’re not writing a position paper for your Model Congress club.

    • james fitzgibbons

      ..”unless it is clearly stated in the Constitution on things like intra/inter state commerce or defending the US borders”.
      SO YOU WOULD ELIMINATE UNEMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID, FOOD STAMPS, SSI FOR DISABLED, ETC.
      GET REAL, THIS IS AMERICA NOT A BANANA REPUBLIC BUT A RELIGIOUS NATION!

      • Peter Hancock

        NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH, NASA, EPA, BLOCK GRANTS FOR PUBLIC RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS, COLLEGE LOANS, THE VA…. THE 100+ YEARS OF THE PROGRESSIVE TAXATION SYSTEM…. damn socialists

  • Me

    Why would a repub do that? They’re not wrong. Bamacare was sold to us on lie after lie after lie after lie. IN fact, when Obama opens his mouth, he lies. What a pathetic loser for the first black president, a serial liar.

    • lookolook

      And you’re? Aren’t you a pathetic sourly bag of lies full of unjustified hatred for your fellow human being. Think of your after-life and desist from this cruel hatred towards someone you know little about. God knows your heart no matter how much you hide. Beware.

    • http://mediajunkie.com/ xian

      how’s your health insurance coverage? (to stay on point)

    • Peter Hancock

      loser? he won two elections in a row with a majority of the popular vote.
      No one since Ike in 1952 and 1956 has done that.

  • porkexpress

    I guess when Barry comes clean about his birth records ( sorry but there are still questions that the DOJ and Congress need answers for, Social Security number (issued in Connecticut to a dead person), College Records (that are sealed), and multiple cover-ups (such as Benghazi, IRS, etc.).

    Yep, then I would maybe believe him about his Socialist Medical program, but not likely.

    • Wynstone

      Wow! You just consider everything unsettled until you get the answer you arrived at in your head without knowledge of the facts. That’s called prejudice in case you didn’t know. You cling to every crackpot theory, half-truth, and wild conspiracy that tells you what you want to hear. Does any of your information come from sources that are considered reputable by the general public?

      • Twizted Mizter

        are you considering yourself reputable?

        • Wynstone

          Irrelevant.

        • BlueJoubert

          If not, he should. Wyn is one of the most thoughtful and well informed commenters out here.

    • http://mediajunkie.com/ xian

      This is a Poe’s Law parody account, yes?

    • Michael Kelly

      Speaking of cover-ups…The whole Iraq War was the greatest example. No WMD, no justification for a war Cheney and his group had on the planning board before 9/11. Compare Benghazi to the continued damage that this country is paying for that war. Boehner says he wants answers….we do too.

  • Jonathan Eckrich

    Answer: When you’re willing to admit that Reagan was right.

    • Charles Wolf

      Yea, Yea, you keep on truckin’ with that BS.
      As we all know every anecdotal ACA Horror story is nonsense…
      every one, and yours is no different.
      The truth is Obamacare is here to stay.
      And we also aren’t going to let you repeal Social Security or the 13th Amendment.

  • Peter Hancock

    Just keep the government OUT OF MY Medicare! Damn Socialists.

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