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December 20, 2014

Obamacare: Basking in the Moment of Victory

Eugene Robinson declares “it’s all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working.”

“All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mounting evidence that the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, is a real success.”

“Why was the Affordable Care Act so desperately needed? Because without it, 54 million Americans would currently have no health insurance. Within three years, according to the CBO, Obamacare will have slashed the problem nearly in half.”

Robinson asserts that even with Republican opposition, “the reforms are here to stay.”

“More likely, Republicans will continue to mumble vaguely about ‘private-sector incentives’ and ‘consumer choice’ — without acknowledging that the ACA reforms offer plenty of both. And the GOP will continue to bray about ‘big government health care,’ which is an out-and-out lie.”

“The Affordable Care Act is a cautiously designed set of reforms whose impact on most people is approximately zero.”

Robinson concludes that Obamacare is “landmark legislation … because it shifts the incentive structure in the health-care industry in ways that promise to hold down rising costs. [Also], it establishes the principle that health care should be considered a right, not a privilege.”

  • Layla

    The beauty of this one is that the American people will have the final word, whether Pelosi or the Administration like it or not. If it’s a piece of junk, nothing will shut them up and we’ll be minus a few politicians come November.

    Nothing is permanent, Mr. Robinson, including this Administration and Congress, thank God.

  • Thedogatemyhealthcare

    Let’s think about this ‘real success’. Over 5 million people with health insurance policies they had voluntarily purchased were forced to buy a new, more expensive policy because of Obamacare mandates. Forced

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