When Will Republicans Admit They Were Wrong on Obamacare?
Posted at 6:20 a.m. on April 4, 2014
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.”