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Obama Voters Learn the Hard Way

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Loyal Democrats thought they could simply elect their progressive messiah and social justice would flood the land as sea levels dropped.

Everyone knew that the U.S. healthcare system was imperfect, so just let Obama make a few quick changes and, voilà, better care for less money! Sure the guy had never run so much as a county fair’s funnel cake concession, but how tough could healthcare reform be?

The president’s most ardent fans are now learn…

  1. CygnusA81

    I don’t think they learned anything. If anything, they sound ‘disappointed’ at best. These are ‘true believers’ in The Cause. 

    We can’t fix stupid here. They are too old.

  2. Casey

    Common Sense.

    The next time a Republican comes up with a plan to fix something they’ll say “These things never work!

  3. billy
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.

    What do you think: Will the real-world pain of Obamacare return some Democrats back to common sense, or will most stay put in the land of magical thinking?

    Photo of JoEllen Brothers and Lee Hammack via ProPublica · · 3 minutes ago

    You would assume that at some time reality will make a comeback.

    It has to.

    Right?

  4. Kim K.

    Well, it didn’t return these people back to common sense.

    I think there are plenty of Dems who will be angry but unless the GOP has some kind of alternative other than saying “we told you it wasn’t going to work” I don’t know how much difference it will make in the voting booth. The GOP needs a plan and a spokesman – now!

  5. Vance Richards

    The government is encouraging self-sufficient people find ways to qualify for government assistance? Super!

    Will the real-world pain of Obamacare return some Democrats back to common sense”? Sadly, no. When government plans fail their answer is always, “We need to spend more.” It is never, “Hey, this was a really bad idea, maybe we should scrap it.”

  6. Tuck

    “Will the real-world pain of Obamacare return some Democrats back to common sense, or will most stay put in the land of magical thinking?”

    To paraphrase Irving Kristol, “A Conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality.”

    It brings a smile to my face that the fellow mugging these folks is their savior.  Poetic justice doesn’t get any better than that.

    It won’t flip them all, as we are talking about a religion here, which has withstood worse affronts.  But the folks who were part of the movement for non-religious reasons will flee.

  7. profdlp

    I just didn’t think I was going to have to pay for it…

  8. Joseph Stanko
    Vance Richards: Sadly, no. When government plans fail their answer is always, “We need to spend more.” It is never, “Hey, this was a really bad idea, maybe we should scrap it.”

    If his income were to fall below four times the federal poverty level, or about $62,000 for a family of two, he would qualify for subsidies that could lower his premium cost to as low as zero. If he makes even one dollar more, he gets nothing.

    There’s your answer: just raise the subsidy threshold to 5x the poverty line and viola!  Problem solved.

    Nothing wrong here that a few tweaks and a couple $100 billion more can’t fix…

  9. Leslie Watkins

    Un-friggin’ real. He hasn’t changed his views, but his incentives sure have changed—and quite out of line with his so-called ethics. What a putz.

  10. Bruce Caward

    My experience with my lefty friends leads me to conclude that they will suffer anything if the alternative is having to admit that Rush Limbaugh was right about anything. 

  11. Matede

    WOW, this quote baffles me

    “We’re not changing our views because of this situation”

    WHY NOT??!!! how many times do you have be LIED to before people open their eyes?  Baffling, I guess they will be “cradle to early grave democrats”

  12. Paul Dougherty

    What would it take for you to deny your savior?

  13. Frozen Chosen

    I hope the premiums for these people and everyone else who voted for Obama go up 500%.  Their naive and foolish actions are costing right thinking Americans thousands of dollars in increased health care costs and taxes.

  14. EJHill

    In that Pro Publica piece the telling line is from the author: “I’ve been skeptical about media stories featuring those who claimed they would be worse off because their insurance policies were being canceled on account of the ACA.”

    Always skepitcal of the government’s critics but never skeptical of the government. Dr. Goebbles would be soooooo proud.

    Next up, photoshopping discredited party members out of official snapshots!

  15. Mike McConnaughey

    Is the great schadenfreude I feel about these people wrong?  I don’t think so since they haven’t changed their views.  All the stories I am reading about people  who are shocked that “They” are the ones paying for this disaster “They” voted for.  Sorry, no pity for them.

  16. Paul A. Rahe
    C

    Some people will change their minds — especially since it is going to get a whole lot worse when young people choose to pay the “tax” rather than accept ridiculously expensive coverage.

    The ones who will stay with our tinpot Messiah to the bitter end are his well-to-do supporters; and here in California there are going to be only two classes of people: the rich and the poor. Those in the middle are being squeezed out.

  17. Mendel

    The problem with trying to show big government supporters the folly of their beliefs is that whenever one of their beloved programs fails to deliver, they always have a ready excuse:

    It was just not designed properly.

    And formally speaking, that’s an unfalsifiable hypothesis – because there’s always theoretically a different way to construct large public programs.

    When pressed against the wall and forced to choose between whether their philosophy is wrong or whether the people who implemented the philosophy messed up, 90% of die-hard liberals will shoot their politicians first.

    Of course, in this case that would seem to mean choosing between liberalism as a cause and Obama as a person.  But they’ll find other scapegoats.  The knives are already coming out for Sebelius, and I predict fingers will soon also be pointed at Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

  18. Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    Paul A. Rahe: Some people will change their minds — especially since it is going to get a whole lot worse when young people choose to pay the “tax” rather than accept ridiculously expensive coverage.

    The ones who will stay with our tinpot Messiah to the bitter end are his well-to-do supporters; and here in California there are going to be only two classes of people: the rich and the poor. Those in the middle are being squeezed out. · 4 minutes ago

    One of my many MSM pet peeves are “objective stories” that complain, “Despite Obama’s compassionate economic policies, the gulf between rich and poor continues to grow.”

    Of course it continues to grow — that’s what socialism does!

  19. Dean Murphy

    There is no incentive for them to change their views.  If all goes according to plan, before the “anger phase” dissipates, we will all have single payer insurance.  THAT will be the fix.  The reason we didn’t go to single payer in the first place was because of those intractable Republicans. 

  20. Paul Wilson

    Even if he in effect games the system gets a subsidy, it’s still a crappier plan, for more money. It’s just that his fellow citizens will be paying for part of it. If this is an improvement, I’d hate to see what a loss looks like. This gets to the nub of Obamacare’s appeal to some: people are less concerned about quality in the short term if they’re under the mistaken impression they’re getting “free stuff.” But wait until they get sick…and the you-know-what will hit the fan when they find out the swankier hospitals and specialists in town are unavailable to them.

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