Skip to comments.Kevin Drum: Right-Wingers Desperately Deny 'Anything Even Slightly Positive' About Obamacare
Posted on 04/13/2014 4:22:17 PM PDT by markomalley
Imagine a Yankees-Red Sox game during which the Yankees broadcasters acknowledged mistakes by their team and good plays by the Sox, while the Boston announcers ranted relentlessly that the Yankees stank and were lucky not to finish 0-162.
According to Kevin Drum of Mother Jones, something similar happens routinely in political media. Drum believes that both in general and regarding Obamacare specifically, liberal pundits are far more likely than their conservative counterparts to discuss their side's failures and give the other side credit where it's due.
From Drum's Friday post (emphasis added):
"Watch the right search desperately for bad news on Obamacare," says the headline to Michael Hiltzik's piece a couple of days ago about the right, um, desperately searching for bad news on Obamacare. And it's true. Obamacare is a great example of the famous hack gap.
Don't get me wrong. We lefties generally try to portray Obamacare as a success. You won't find Diogenes on either side. But I read lots of lefties who write about health care, and they've generally been willing to acknowledge Obamacare's problems. The federal website rollout was a disaster. The insurance pools so far seem to have fewer of the young and healthy than we'd hoped. Narrow networks are a significant problem, especially in some states. We don't know yet how many Obamacare enrollees were previously uninsuredand in any case, the number appears to be less than CBO projected earlier this year. Etc.
But unless I'm reading the wrong conservatives, you simply see nothing of this sort on the right. Their coverage of Obamacare is simply an endless search for increasingly strained ways to deny that anything even slightly positive has happened. The Obama administration is lying about its numbers. If they're not lying, the figures are meaningless anyway until they've been unskewed. Premiums are skyrocketing. People are being tossed off their plans and thrown in the street. The budget projections are a joke. Cancer patients are dying for lack of doctors to see them. Hours are being cut back and part-time workers are being fired. Fewer people have coverage now than before Obamacare started up.
I could go on. And on. And on. This is the hack gap in all its glory. There's simply no willingness on the right to acknowledge any success at all. And even when they're forced to concede that maybe there are a few people benefiting from Obamacare, it's just an opportunity to rail about Democrats handing out bennies to inner-city moochers like a modern-day Boss Tweed. Welcome to America, ladies and gentlemen.
So tell us ONE positive thing about 0CommieCare, Kevin. ....Waiting....
Mother Jones? What does The Nation, Daily Kos, Media Matters and Pravda think?
They say these things to put into people’s minds that there is something good about ZeroCare, and there isn’t.
A pile of shi...er...Obamastuff lying in the road has some positives.
Obamacare does not.
Even flies reject it.
Slugs fear it.
Bacteria runs in fear.
And sentient humans recognize it as the product of ill educated clueless morons.
My tax preparer this year gave me a page showing my ACA penalty amounts based on my income for not being insured, which I am.
Hard to conjure much sympathy for leftist whining about their guy and his program being treated unfairly after the way they treated Bush 43.
Kev should do stand-up comedy
Left-Wingers Desperately Deny ‘Anything Even Slightly Positive’ About Constitutional Government, Personal Liberty, Capitalism, Self-Determination, Personal Responsibility, and Reality.
That’s a much better headline.
It hasn't killed me yet.
There, are you happy now?
Well its better to be slightly HIV positive than to have full blown AIDS.
I lost my employer based health insurance becaose of obamacare and cannot afford anything close to what that coverage was.
I AM POSITIVE ABOUT THAT A$$HAT.
Kevin, we think the whole thing sucks and should be repealed in its entirety.
Tell me one damn thing that is right about the fed taking over 1/6th of the economy.
It was never about insurance anyway. Its about control.
One end of the turd still has a nice shine to it. How’s that?
There, fixed it.
Is that you Cartman?
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