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Rick Moran


October 20, 2013 - 9:33 am

And they call the GOP “crazy?”

It should be noted that Senator Dick Durbin’s belief that Obamacare is “on its way to becoming a substantial success” is not delusional. It’s strategy. If enough Democrats repeat over and over that well, the rollout for the website was a little rough, but its because no one could anticipate so many people getting excited and going online to find out about the ACA. And these itsy bitsy problems are all going to go away soon and things will be just peachy before you know it.

The Hill:

Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, defended the rollout of the healthcare reform law in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” while noting that “it’s off to a rough start with the website.”

Critics of the law have been quick to point out problems in the website that the Obama administration launched on Oct. 1, which is designed to help consumers shop for health insurance on new marketplaces, called exchanges.

Glitches and delays at the website have prevented many users from logging on and applying for insurance, even after multiple attempts.

“I don’t think this plan will work because it’s based on a couple of premises that won’t work,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) replied.

“But when you can’t even put together the package to sign up, that shows how big a job it is for the federal government to manage 16 percent of the economy and people’s health insurance plans. It’s not where the federal government should be.”

Durbin and other defenders of the law have claimed that some of the problems with the website have been due to a surge in traffic, which they say represents intense public interest.

On Saturday evening, the administration announced that 476,000 people had successfully applied for insurance through the government site. However, the Department of Health and Human Services did not disclose precisely how many of those applicants were successfully signed up for insurance.

Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius refused to testify about the website’s failure before a House committee.

Republicans have hammered her for the decision, especially since reports emerged that she will appear at a gala in Boston the night before the hearing.

The one thing that jumps out at me is this idea that people are really, really, truly, truly excited or intensely interested in Obamacare. This is a law that says you get insurance or you pay a fine. What did they expect? Besides incompetently designing a system that couldn’t handle a tenth of the traffic that migrated their way is hardly something to brag about.

And what to do with Sebelius? In a more accountable time, Sebelius would have offered her resignation without being asked. But this is the age that began when Janet Reno’s incompetent management resulted in the deaths of 76 men, women, and children in Waco, Texas at the Branch Davidian compound and she refused to take responsibility and President Clinton refused to fire her. Ever since then, most public officials who screw up get a pass. Sebelius nor her boss have any shame.

Democrats will continue to pretend Obamacare is a success right up until the moment they can no longer lie about it. Given the massive problems with the rollout, that day may come sooner than any of us think.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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A Chicago thug complementing his community organizer- how charming.
47 weeks ago
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If you are going to get a pass when you screw up, why not go for it? Obama has shown the way. Just do whatever you want. Who's going to stop you? Everybody knows it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Obama does whatever he wants. The Chief Justice does whatever he wants. The House Republicans should do whatever they want. Most people don't care about philosophy or policy. They are waiting for some Robin Hoods to start sticking it to the big shots who have screwed everything up. Whoever can capture their imagination could ride that wave to the White House. Reagan used to stick it to them. And obviously had fun doing it. And people loved it.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Titanic was a 'substantial success' right up to the moment that it met the iceberg.

The only question which remains for Obamacare is, will it drown some, most, or all of America when it finally sinks.
48 weeks ago
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I recently debated an acquaintance about politics. I should not have engaged. He began by saying that Obama is actually a moderate. (Now, he is an avowed Socialist. Doesn't hide it.)

The proper response from me should have been, "You just lost all credibility with that inane statement. I refuse to discuss with you." Don't allow these idiots any credibility. Do not engage. Simply call them on their idiocy.
48 weeks ago
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Of course it is 'a success'! It is on its way to breaking down the health care system that is/was the envy of the world - its a success in that it is breaking down the greatest country in the world and will relegate us to a has-been nation. To which the evil empires of the world (and progressives of the USA) will cheer to. It is a success in that it will be the biggest transfer of wealth we've ever seen.

If you hate this country whats not to like? Asshats like Durbin certainly love it.

48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
It's a success because dislike for Obamacare inches us closer to single-payer. Remember, never let a good crisis go to waste.
48 weeks ago
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This is the "Power of the Assertion". Democrats stumbled onto many years ago and the day that The Stupid Party realizes it, will revolutionize politics.

There is NEVER any need to demonstrate or provide any evidence with the Power of the Assertion. And you can say the craziest things with it. "Didn't Romney try to kill his dog from the top of the family station wagon? Why yes indeed!"

The solution involves recognizing the difference between playing Offense and Defense. So I heard that Obama's college transcripts include a "Withdrawal-Failing" in "History 101 - United States Culture and Society". Which explains why those transcripts are under lock and key. Only way to know for sure is to release those transcripts!
48 weeks ago
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Numerous persons will agree with Durbin that it is a substantial success.
48 weeks ago
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The question not being asked is what does success for Obamacare look like to Durbin et al? It all makes sense if you simply get out of the paradigm of assessing it operationally, budgetarily or from a patient/customer viewpoint and remember the end game for these tyrants.

Obamacare success for them means that it is here and remains in effect, takes root and cannot be eliminated (cfc NHS in Britain). All the rest of the "issues" mean next to nothing...just bumps in the road, broken eggs for the omelet.
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