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President Obama today, in Rose Garden remarks touting more than 7 million Americans signing up for healthcare during ObamCare’s open enrollment period:
I’ve said before, I will always work with anyone who is willing to make this law work even better. But the debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.
Leave it to this president, having been dealt the first decent hand he’s had in a long time, to overplay it.
Yes, these numbers are useless without context — how many people have actually paid their premiums; what the demographic mix means for future rates; how many people included in this count were previously insured but got thrown off of their old plans because of Obamacare mandates. The reality may actually be pretty underwhelming (the Daily Mail is claiming that a RAND Corporation study — one that the Los Angeles Times used earlier this week to claim ObamaCare might be exceeding expectations — will actually show only 858,000 previously uninsured Americans have paid for new policies. It’s hard to tell, however, as the study hasn’t actually been published yet.)
Still, stories like this live and die by the one-line takeaway — and here that’s the 7 million number.
A wiser man would have realized that one brief respite on an issue that’s given him headaches for four years is not the time to crow. This is not that man:
In the end, history is not kind to those who would deny Americans their basic economic security. Nobody remembers well those who stand in the way of America’s progress or our people. And that’s what the Affordable Care Act represents.
…There will be days when the website stumbles — I guarantee it. So, press, just — I want you to anticipate — (laughter) — there will be some moment when the website is down — and I know it will be on all of your front pages. It’s going to happen. It won’t be news.
Wow — The debate is over. Our opponents are on the wrong side of history. Our failures aren’t news. The liberal avoid-talking-about-the-issue-on-the-merits hat trick. The only thing that’s missing is a little ham-fisted anecdotal pathos:
And those who have based their entire political agenda on repealing it have to explain to the country why Jeanne should go back to being uninsured. They should explain why Sean and his family should go back to paying thousands and thousands of dollars more. They’ve got to explain why Marla doesn’t deserve to feel like she’s got value. They have to explain why we should go back to the days when seniors paid more for their prescriptions or women had to pay more than men for coverage, back to the days when Americans with preexisting conditions were out of luck — they could routinely be denied the economic security of health insurance — because that’s exactly what would happen if we repeal this law. Millions of people who now have health insurance would not have it. Seniors who have gotten discounts on their prescription drugs would have to pay more. Young people who were on their parents’ plan would suddenly not have health insurance.
You can’t stop him, folks. You can only hope to contain him.
This was the president who was supposed to salve partisan wounds; to point us towards the better angels of our nature. And he’s now ridiculing the American people about a law that 53 percent of them hate.
How can you discern an egomaniac? He’s the one sermonizing about a single successes while surrounded by failures.