You’ve really got to hand it to conservatives for their blatant chutzpah. They used to complain that “ObamaCare” was doomed because people would just wait until they got sick and then sign up. That was a lie, of course, as they are now acknowledging in backhanded fashion.

See, now “conservatives now want you to be outraged about the fact that the Affordable Care Act creates limited open-enrollment periods each year to prohibit precisely that kind of free riding.” Brian Beutler has the details.

Meanwhile, Ezra Klein has an article on Vox today entitled, “The right can’t admit that Obamacare is working.”

Today, the right struggles with Obamacare Derangement Syndrome: the acute inability to see Obamacare as anything but a catastrophic failure that the American people will soon reject. For those suffering from ODS, all bad Obamacare news is good news, and all good Obamacare news is spin. In this world, delays of minor provisions in the law prove that the entire structure is collapsing, while surges of millions of people enrolling in insurance don’t prove anything at all.

He goes on to say:

The irony of this is that Obamacare’s successes are, in many cases, conservatism’s successes. The individual mandate is a conservative idea — and it’s working. Liberals were skeptical that private insurers would compete on price even absent a public option — but they are. High-deductible health plans are a longtime conservative solution for health costs — and Obamacare is spreading them far and wide. But conservatives can’t take credit for any of this, much less build on it.

Everyday conservatives box themselves a little further into their corner.

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Comments
  1. Marner says:

    To add to the good news of large numbers of people signing up, the ACA is now projected to cost $104 billion less than projected. Yes, that is billion with a “b”.

  2. 02casper says:

    In the long run, labeling the ACA, Obamacare may be the best thing conservatives have ever done for the Democratic party.

  3. meursault1942 says:

    Conservatives definitely have a “the food is terrible–and such small portions!” thing going on with the ACA. But they’ve lost every fight on it–didn’t want it to get passed, tried like hell to sandbag it, did everything they could to prevent people from signing up–and all their insane ramblings have been for nothing.

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