The media are still in damage control mode, trying to patch up a system that was dead on arrival. Sebelius was probably right about the website not crashing, because in order for it to crash, it had to be up and running in the first place. So, they had no choice but to concede that the website itself is an abysmal failure. And not long after, they decided that Obamacare was actually the Republicans’ idea. They must have been getting desperate.
They’ve had to come up with excuses about the fact that millions have been dropped from their current plans and are having to deal with huge rate hikes. Like Obama had joked a couple years ago about how “shovel-ready wasn’t as shovel-ready as we expected,” the Affordable Care Act is turning out not to be as “affordable” as expected. Of course, we knew all along that this was going to happen, but the liberals denied it.
Here’s Melissa Harris-Perry trying to explain away why Obama made the claim that if you like your plan, then you can keep it (from Newsbusters):
Here’s a transcript (also from Newsbusters):
MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: I feel sort of like part of what happened when the president said if you like your plan you can keep it, is there was an assumption in the administration that people wouldn’t like that plan, like the plan that still forces them to pay thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs, that was so sort of bare-bones and people in fact wouldn’t like it and would be wanting new plans. And now suddenly, at least you see on this concern-trolling that people did like those plans and wanted to keep them.
Yep, that’s right. Obama claimed that if you like your plan, you could keep it, because he didn’t actually think you would like your current plan. I mean, wouldn’t you prefer to pay more for less coverage, knowing that you would be paying more of your “fair share?” It’s for the greater good. You should be happy to pay more for less, because it’s helping to pay for other people.
It kind of reminds me of the sequestration nonsense. The sequester cuts were Obama’s idea, but the liberals found a way to “blame” them on the Republicans. They said that Obama was expecting the “cuts” to be so severe that the GOP would not agree to them, but would instead capitulate and agree to taxing the rich more. When the GOP decided not to play that game, it was somehow their fault, even though it was the Obama administration’s idea all along. It’s always someone else’s fault.