“…the truth behind the ACA mess is that Obama and his gang of golfing buddies are idiots.” -- Liberal columnist Ted Rall
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but all of the talk about Republican in-fighting seems to have died down over the last few weeks. Sure, Peter King (R-NY) still gets up on his idiot box to yell at Ted Cruz every now and again, but in general the commotion over a possible Republican civil war has died down. A lot of that is thanks in large part to the messy Obamacare rollout. If anything could take the spotlight off of Republican squabbling, it was the sheer enormity of the Obama administration’s incompetence.
Things have gone so poorly for the Obama administration in recent days that even their most sycophantic supporters are beginning to turn on them.
"Dem Party is F****d." and "We will own this problem forever…" – Democrat consultant with close ties to the White House
The Senate, which the Democrats have a tenuous hold over going into the 2014 mid-term elections, is rapidly turning against Obamacare. It appears that some Senators are champing at the bit to voice their support to delay the Obamacare mandate.
“Democrats like Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va, Mary Landrieu,D-La., and Kay Hagan, D-N.C., are calling for a slowdown. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., has a bill that would leave open the enrollment period to obtain insurance before fines kick in.”
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) went so far as to parrot one Republican talking point that thoroughly demolishes the rationale for the existence of Obamacare. “George, nobody should be forced to buy a policy that costs more than what they had and is inferior to what they had.”
Representative John Barrow (D-GA) has also joined the growing list of Democrats calling for a delay in the individual mandate. He’s even been using the same logic that Republicans have been for the last few months. "At the very least, our constituents deserve the same relief that businesses got," said Rep. Barrow who serves a conservative Georgia district.
The toughest words come from liberal columnist Ted Rall who voices the bare bones truth of the disaster that is Obamacare.
If Team Obama had been plotting Canadian-style socialized medicine all along, they wouldn't have floated all those dumb "heckuva job, Barry"-style excuses that turned healthcare.gov into the president's Katrina moment:
• Too much volume. But corporate websites routinely handle more than the ACA sites. Besides, the feds knew that, in a nation with tens of millions of uninsured people, tens of millions of people were going to check out the website. The truth, as any idiot could plainly see, was that volume wasn't the issue. Lousy coding was.
• ACA is "more than a website" — and anyway, why don't people use the phone? Actually, that's not true. For most people, the ACA are the websites. That's how Obamacare was promoted. People were told to go online. So they did. As for those who threw up their hands and tried calling — I was one of them — there was no way to buy a plan by phone.
• Everyone knew there would be glitches. The problem with that Democratic talking point is that while Americans may suffer from short memories, they're not totally retarded. We still recall September 2013. It's not like anyone in the White House announced before the launch: "Hey, don't freak if you can't access the websites right away. Chillax, wait a month or two. We're expecting a lot of glitches, and things could be less than cromulent for a while."
No, Governor Palin, the truth behind the ACA mess is that Obama and his gang of golfing buddies are idiots.