Saturday, August 23, 2014

To Your Health

Occasionally I'll check the archives to see what I said about something.  And sometimes I find something interesting that someone else said.  Take this post, written just before Obamacare was passed.  Professional liberal E. J. Dionne bemoans how bad his party is at putting out their ideas on health care, while the ruthless Republicans steamroll over them.

Yep, that's right. The Dems, who took the Congress in 2006, and took the White House and got a filibuster-proof Senate in 2008, were no good at politics.  It must be tough supporting such a party.

Dionne couldn't understand how something so wonderful as Obamacare was having trouble passing.  But let's use his words:

The Obama administration argues that both the stimulus and the health bill are better than people think. That's entirely true, and this is actually an indictment -- it means that on the two big issues of the moment, Republicans and conservatives are winning an argument they should be losing.

The Stimulus had been passed at this point--it was practically the first thing the new Congress had done--and though the public didn't think much of it, apparently Dionne felt it had already worked.  Fine, whatever you say.

But I wonder, confronted with his words today, if Dionne would stick to his story.  The health bill is better than people think?  It's now been the law of the land for four years.  We don't seem, as of yet, to have discovered how wonderful it is. So if Dionne is right, either I guess the good stuff is still coming, or those evil Republicans have continued to pull the wool over the public's eyes.


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