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Ed Driscoll

What a Difference Two Weeks Make

October 30th, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Shot:

“A tea party exit would be a blessing for GOP.”

— David Frum at CNN.com, October 14, 2013.

Chaser:

At the Daily Beast, Tina Brown’s successor to Newsweek, which the Washington Post sold for a buck in 2010 in part to offload its terminally bloated union-mandated benefit plans, David Frum wrote yesterday that if you like your healthcare plan, you can’t keep your healthcare plan – even if you’re the ultimate RINO who moved leftward in 2008 because you wanted to keep the invites to DC cocktail parties coming:

It’s always exciting to be part of a chapter in American history. I happen to be one of the hundreds of thousands of people whose insurance coverage was canceled for not complying with the terms of the Affordable Care Act. As a result, not only will I pay more, but I have had to divert many otherwise useful hours to futzing around with websites and paperwork.

President Obama promised, “If you like your health insurance, you can keep it.” It was a more ambiguous promise than it sounded. Who likes his or her health insurance? But it was there, and it did its job.

I probably need to be clear straight off that I am not presenting myself as any kind of hard-luck case. Maybe from some social justice perspective it’s perfectly fair and reasonable to load all the costs of health reform onto people like me. The trouble is, this administration has been less than candid about what those costs would be.

During that dank period in early 2009, in-between Newsweek declaring “We Are All Socialists Now” on its cover and before the Tea Party gathered steam to push back against the notion of one-party rule, if only there had been someone warning that such calamities were coming. That the inevitable disasters that befall a society that goes hardcore socialist would occur in America as well, and who was brave enough to openly hope those with such plans would fail before they ruined the country. Naturally, such a person would be demonized by those who had hoped to ride the Obama gravy train over the next four to eight years.

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And if only there was someone willing to organize the Tea Party and speak at many of their events. That person would of course be called a racist, merely for opposing the politics of a president he disagreed with — even in his obituary.

As G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions,” which could well sum up the childish beliefs that were on full display among America’s elites in 2009, before the inevitable hangover began to kick in, one that the entire nation, and not just those drank the Obama Kool-Aid will be suffering for years to come.

Update: James Taranto’s latest “Best of the Web” column is devoted to this latest ObamaCare victim, and how the nation as a whole arrived at this sorry moment:

This column recognizes that politics often necessitates compromise, and we thought the recent effort to defund ObamaCare via a partial government shutdown was both futile and foolish. But we are more convinced than ever of the view we held in 2010, that Republican members of Congress–every single one of them, even relative liberals like Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins and Rep. Michael Castle–were right to vote “no.” Even David Frum can’t blame them for jacking up his insurance rates.

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I don't see any connection between the Tea Party and Porkbusters. the Demo takeover of Congress in 2006 was largely a reaction to the Iraq war. the Tea Party was an eruption from the GOP masses in the country, it did not originate in the repubs in congress.
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"As a result, not only will I pay more, but I have had to divert many otherwise useful hours to futzing around with websites and paperwork."

I hope it was very, very painful, David.
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Nelson Muntz said it best, "HA HA." Sorry David Frum, you receive this week's Muntz laugh of disdain. H/t Steve Green's eyebrow.
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One sad note; clearly this will be Frum's most trafficked post in many, many a day. Therefore, unlike anyone else who exhausted a few hours on the website to find out they are being cornholed, Frum HAS benefited from the experience, and wildly. Is there any doubt that multiples more readers have seen his public face-plant than ever even heard of his anti-Rush manifesto? No. No there is not. Forward.
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just read what was in Best of the Web, won't give him any traffic.
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“A neocon David Frum exit would be a blessing for GOP.”
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"Even David Frum can’t blame them for jacking up his insurance rates."

Valerie Jarrett just called. She left you a message Ed: "Oh really? Just watch him."
47 weeks ago
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Hey David! Look at the bright side. Now you have maternity coverage!!
47 weeks ago
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I should clarify. I'm not suggesting that the ACA should be allowed to stand. It should be killed and buried in a very deep grave. But agitating on the most egregious parts of this monstrosity would be helpful in educating the public about how bad it really is.
47 weeks ago
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There are no agitators on our side so who do you propose do this and how? And when was the last time an effort aimed at 'educating the public' accomplished anything (We Need To Spend More On Education- LOL)- agitating the public, maybe.
Enough of the public knows already that the elites are out of control. They need to be shown a way to do something about it. Without leaders all is lost.
47 weeks ago
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I disagree. Trying to "fix" the ACA puts the GOP back into the "We love the New Deal we'd just run it better" position. The decades of that allowed the Dems to teach the populace that "government is here to provide for you" and is a big part of the reason we're having to educate people on the value of freedom.
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No American Socialism. Not the New. Not the Old. It all will come down, whether in a controlled fashion like a wobbly pine seen to by a tree service, or with a crash through the roof on a stormy night, it is baked in the statistical pie. Forward.
47 weeks ago
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Rather than the defunding fight, I wish the Tea Partiers had agitated to amend the ACA regarding it's one-size-fits all policies. People shouldn't be forced to pay higher insurance rates to accommodate disastrous life style choices such as unwanted pregnancies or the ravages of drug addiction and alcoholism. This would be an issue that many could understand and agree with.
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That IS a de-fund. It is having all those people who will not claim against that coverage that makes it plausible to expand it. But if you think sexual and substance related coverage is all there is, you have not been keeping score. In Cali there has been a federal precedent set that not only are sex change surgeries legitimate 'mental health' claims, so are sex changes BACK. So any one lunatic can claim millions (remember, no lifetime caps) having his Johnson taken off and stitched back on again... forever. Forward.
47 weeks ago
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I should add that this was a prisoner, making his claim against CA's self-insurance pool. His 'civil rights' were abrogated, the court says, in denying his sex re-reassignment. Forward.
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Meh, Mr. Frum has a point. The "Tea Party" is made up of, mostly, the same people who were in "Porkbusters", who gave control of Congress to the Democrats in 2006, exploding the deficit and getting ACA passed. While they have a large point about how bad the ACA is, it is offensive to be yelled at about how to get out of the hole, by the people who drove us into it.....
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I blame the big spending repubs who led people to found porkbusters in the first place, rather than the porkbuster people. The Bush era repubs needed reform badly, and losing was the only way to convince them they had to reform themselves. And now, we dont need repubs who will want to make obamacarre work better, as the comprimise to dems demanding single payer. We need repubs who will roll back this failure completely.
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Yes, it's too bad we gave up the party of 4% real annual growth in government for the party of 8% real annual growth in government. We were so much better when new entitlements were piecemeal like Medicare Part D instead of wholesale like Obamacare (soon to be Romenycare which the GOP will promise to fix instead of the Dem's new single payer plan...coming in 2016).

Only crazy people want a party of 0% real annual growth in government or even, *gasp* a government that shrinks to the point the phrase "don't make a federal case out of it" has meaning again.
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Yes, it is. If you had a problem with 4% real annual growth, then 8% real annual growth is catastrophic. Yep, piecemeal is better, especially when you bring up Medicare Part D, which, you know, actually saved us money, as opposed to the unspeakable mess that is the ACA. The Deficit was going down, down, down under W, until Porkbusters gave control of Congress to the Democrats. Pretty impressive, given that we were at War.......

Well, if crazy people keep empowering the guys who want a Totalitarian state to spite the people who are trying (badly) to shrink the government, they probably should be treated like crazy people. Two phrases come to mind, "Cutting off your nose to spite your face", and "Making the Perfect the Enemy of the Good". Your utter lack of humility in the face of the great error Porkbusters made is very common to the Teaparty, and one of the reasons they make the "mainstream" Republicans nervous. Can't say that they are wrong.....
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I don't see any connection between the Tea Party and Porkbusters. the Demo takeover of Congress in 2006 was largely a reaction to the Iraq war. the Tea Party was an eruption from the GOP masses in the country, it did not originate in the repubs in congress.
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" the Demo takeover of Congress in 2006 was largely a reaction to the Iraq war."

And the dems fake but well received and played culture of corruption.
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You're right. I remember the first eruption that gave birth to the Tea Party because it happened close to where I live in Pa. The Tea Party was born at an Arlen Spector town hall and was about Obamacare. People in the crowd rose up and shouted that they did NOT WANT Obamacare and, for the first time in his life, the slick politician was speechless. When I saw it replayed on the news I was so moved by these brave folks that I actually cried.
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perhaps the Tea Party had many births, the time was certainly ripe for such a movement. The one I remember, and I think truly the first use of the term "Tea Party", was in an on-air rant by CNBC's Rick Santelli, and it had to do with mortgage bailouts, not health care.
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Santelli and the name Tea Party came after the confrontation at Senator Spector's meeting in Pa. Film of the incident ran, of course, on our local news and for a couple of days on Fox. It wasn't a movement, it didn't have a name, it was just a bunch of people who "were mad as hell and wouldn't take it anymore." And it was definitely the beginning of a movement.
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"As a result, not only will I pay more, but I have had to divert many otherwise useful hours to futzing around with websites and paperwork."

I hope it was very, very painful, David.
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Really, how useful is his free time?
Looking for the silver lining in an Obamacare thunderstorm.
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Schadenfreude is a sin but in this case I'm having a hard time resisting.
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