Skip to comments.Paul Krugman: The Incompetence Dogma. So Much for Obamacare Not Working
Posted on 06/28/2014 11:29:34 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Have you been following the news about Obamacare? The Affordable Care Act has receded from the front page, but information about how its going keeps coming in and almost all the news is good. Indeed, health reform has been on a roll ever since March, when it became clear that enrollment would surpass expectations despite the teething problems of the federal website.
Whats interesting about this success story is that it has been accompanied at every step by cries of impending disaster. At this point, by my reckoning, the enemies of health reform are 0 for 6. That is, they made at least six distinct predictions about how Obamacare would fail every one of which turned out to be wrong.
To err is human, wrote Seneca. To persist is diabolical. Everyone makes incorrect predictions. But to be that consistently, grossly wrong takes special effort. So whats this all about?
Many readers wont be surprised by the answer: Its about politics and ideology, not analysis. But while this observation isnt particularly startling, its worth pointing out just how completely ideology has trumped evidence in the health policy debate.
And Im not just talking about the politicians; Im talking about the wonks. Its remarkable how many supposed experts on health care made claims about Obamacare that were clearly unsupportable. For example, remember rate shock? Last fall, when we got our first information about insurance premiums, conservative health care analysts raced to claim that consumers were facing a huge increase in their expenses. It was obvious, even at the time, that these claims were misleading; we now know that the great majority of Americans buying insurance through the new exchanges are getting coverage quite cheaply.
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Says the Obamacare exempt goon.
I see that the Slimes is up to its usual B/S again.
“great majority of Americans buying insurance through the new exchanges are getting coverage quite cheaply”
conveniently not noting this is the net cost AFTER SUBSIDIES.
Paul Krugman is certifiable.
Krugman is such a hopelessly deranged little man.
Krugman: “We’ve heard scare stories about how Obamacare works in practice. That premiums are going up and a little girl who lost her cardiologist. These stories are false.”
If doctors/hospitals refuse to take Obamacare insurance, then what good does it do?
(Other than making Emergency Rooms -- that can't refuse anyone -- even more of a mess than they were before Obamacare. http://www.13wmaz.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/08/more-patients-er-obamacare/10197793/ )
I’m relieved to hear that the premium for my ‘compliant’ plan didn’t triple.
Obamacare is gone from the headlines because the Coward Party has signed off on it now.
When more and more people start getting hit with cancellations and increased costs from the IRS, they’ll be wondering where the “Republican” party are.
Gone to K street with their heads up the butts of the lobbyists, that’s where.
>> and almost all the news is good
The rodent is an asshat. Major rate hikes in the pipes.
Go pound sand, rodent asshat!
I still remember the times years ago where Bill O’Reilly and Krugman were guests on another talk show and Krugman tried a snide remark and O’R yelled at him. For the balance of the segment, Krugman was so intimidated, slouching, looking very small, and his hands were literally trembling.
No doubt in my mind he wet himself and soiled his BVDs.
If you enjoy laughing at him, James Taranto in the Wall Street Journal cleans Krugman's clock about three times per week:
In Britain, the government itself runs the hospitals and employs the doctors. We've all heard scare stories about how that works in practice; these stories are false. ~ Former Enron Advisor Paul Krugman
Krug needs a 2x4 upside his head.
I work as a nurse. We had a patient who had to have Obamacare as she lost her job.
Then she had to have a surgery. She was brought to our hospital because of ACA, we take it, her other Dr. does not.
So she lost her usual surgeon, who has been managing her for years surgically for her chronic diabetic ulcers to her foot. He’s done a good job.
The new guy, our guy, is backlogged with surgeries. He could not get to her for a 4 or 5 days to do the surgery, whereas her other Doctor always took her into surgery the day after admittance to the other hospital. So she had to wait on his schedule in our hospital, getting antibiotics and having the schedule for surgery cancelled twice and rescheduled.
She’s ‘not happy’ with the ACA, I can tell you that, boy.
America was founded in liberty. Is that ideological? You bet. Your "analysis" is tiny compared the truths of our founding.
Usual crap. Obamacare is a massive failure, massively unpopular. All it has done is sign millions up for Medicaid on my taxpayer dime. Krugman also managed Enron, so best to ignore him
The “death spiral” is a spiral - it doesn’t happen overnight - whether it actually does happen we find out in the future, when we get feedback from how premiums and coverage costs correspond. I don’t even have a Nobel Prize in economics, and I can understand that point.
And at a more fundamental level, what we have now is not Obamacare, it’s a small subset of Obamacare. Mr. Krugman can get back to me with his snark once all the delays, exceptions, cut-outs, and hold-overs have expired, and the entire public has to walk around with this albatross.
The father of a friend on mine has been waiting since March 1 to see a cardiologist, he is still waiting. I am not talking about the VA.
(Martha) RADDATZ: Let me ask you this, I want to go back to this implementation, because we cant quite go forward yet. Did you feel misled by Obama?
(Senator Kristen) GILLIBRAND: He should have just been more specific, because the point is if youre offered by a terrible health care plan that the minute you get sick, youre going to have to go into bankruptcy, those plans should never be offered.
RADDATZ: So, were you misled?
GILLIBRAND: He should have just been specific.
No, we all knew...
I almost feel sorry for Krugman.
So it just doesn’t count that people are losing their insurance, their doctors, and paying through the nose for the privilege. Those enrollment numbers are up (forced at the point of a penalty or worse).
Why should they care? They’re exempt.
When should be able to euthanize this creep, under the aegis of the complete lives system.
I’m going to enjoy the look on Krugholes face when Ophonybamacare is declared a colossal failure and is replaced by a FRee market healthcare system!
One thing we can thank God for is that neither Osama Obama nor any of his rich,privileged pals will ever have to wait 4 or 5 *seconds*,let alone days,for *anything*.
How come Obamacare’s biggest champions are people who are exempt?
Since much of this calamity has been postponed until after the ‘14 and even ‘16 elections, it is far too soon for this Obama cultist to hoist the “Mission Accomplished” banner.
How can it be working when all of its key features have been delayed for political reasons?
You can safely ignore the scare-monger’s rumors of Soviet troops and vehicles in Seelowe Heights. We’ve taken Moscow and are rapidly driving east.
I’ll bet Krugman has pinup posters of Barry all over his bedroom walls.
It is working just fine except for the ones who need it or have it. Otherwise..its a winner!
Not even half of Obamacare has been implemented after all Obama’s waivers for favored groups and his putting off many major components, including the biggest component of all which is implementation of the employer mandate.
No one but an idiot or an Obama apologist would be declaring success at this stage.
But wait until they try to turn that into healthcare.
Then they'll find out how much paper is worth.
Krugman must have missed the higher premiums, millions kicked off of their old plans, millions more who no longer have their life long doctors, the increase in overall uninsured, and the 2.9% **DROP** in national GDP (1st Q 2014) due entirely to healthcare “reform.”
A few more victories like that and Krugman will be able to say that 0bamacare made the USA into a multi-Billion Dollar success story...after starting with a multi-Trillion one.
An older friend of mine when I had graduated college and was in a business totally unrelated to my degree, used to say of Liberal Arts education: "It's only purpose should be to teach you HOW to learn, HOW to think." ... that what you actually learned really didn't matter much.
It's only purpose now is to teach "WHAT to think" followed by "how NOT to think."
It's remarkable, because these are people who were born capable of critical thought and inductive and deductive reasoning, but it's like someone injected that part of their brains with epoxy while they were out sleeping with the poppies. That part of their brains and souls that questions and investigates ... in a permanent, painless, peaceful state of hypnotic suspension ... and suggestion.
great majority of Americans buying insurance through the new exchanges are getting coverage quite cheaply
After someone else is being told to pay for it at gunpoint.
“Ill bet Krugman has pinup posters of Barry all over his bedroom walls.”
And stained with god knows what.
“Obamacare is gone from the headlines because the Coward Party has signed off on it now.”
Of course they have. It benefits their corporate buddies who are all too willing to dump everybody on the exchanges. And don’t forget the insurance companies who have had their losses socialized by taxpayers while the middle class gets hosed from all sides.
The economy contracted by 2.9% LAST QUARTER ALONE DIP $HIT! That is hardly a success. We are in a NEW recession. This is the second quarter of GDP loss in a row. We are certainly in a recession and have never recovered from the last one.
This guy is an idiot!
And why they're delaying the employer mandate until after the mid-terms.
What? Does he think 1/2 of the country is stupid?
Kneepadding right on schedule
Professors Suddenly Don’t Like ObamaCare Either
Investors Business Daily ^ | June 27, 2014
Posted on June 28, 2014 at 8:03:53 AM CDT by Zakeet
Health Reform: After years of singing the praises of universal health care, college professors are now shocked at how badly it has turned out for them.
Adjunct professors are steamed at the way their employers are interpreting the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which forces them to cover full-time but not part-time workers. Typical of liberals, they blame their employers instead of the job-killing law they supported.
Starting Jan. 1, ObamaCare makes employers offer all full-time workers health insurance or pay a fine. In response, hundreds of colleges have simply cut instructors’ course loads to dodge coverage. Others are thinking about laying off untenured faculty by the thousands.
Take the University of North Carolina state system.
Faced with $47 million-a-year unfunded ObamaCare liability, the 17-campus system has asked the state for the OK to create its own health program. It says it can’t afford to pay its 8,586 non-permanent workers ObamaCare’s essential benefits package, at $5,400 a pop.
The jobs of graduate and teaching assistants, visiting professors and student employees are on the block. The other option is raising tuition, but President Obama is cracking down on colleges over student debt.
“This is an unfunded mandate that’s coming down on us,” UNC System COO Charlie Perusse complained. No kidding. Belatedly, academia is waking up to the business realities of ObamaCare.
Paul Krugman....he speaks when his Democrat masters command him to speak.