Paul Krugman points out that Republicans made at least six dire predictions of how Obama’s health care reform was going to fail miserably:
- They claimed that not enough people would enroll, which would cause an “epic fail“. In fact, they went as far as to tell people to not enroll in health insurance, which shows that they care more about fighting Obama than the health of US citizens.
- Next they claimed that even if people enrolled, they wouldn’t pay their premiums. They even held a Congressional hearing on it, which was a disaster for them when their carefully rigged insurance company witnesses openly disagreed with their criticisms, causing many of the Republicans to slink away from the hearing before it was over.
- They even claimed that the number of people who lost coverage because their current insurance was cancelled would be greater than new enrollments. Remember all those stories they ran about people whose insurance was cancelled, every one of which was debunked?
- They predicted that the cost of insurance would go up even faster than before Obamacare, causing widespread rate shock. They predicted rates in California would go up by 65-146%.
- They claimed that young, healthy people would not sign up (leaving too many old and sick people), causing a death spiral from insurance companies having to pay out too many claims. They even published articles telling people What to Do When ObamaCare Unravels because of this.
- They predicted that the cost of health care would rise dramatically. Indeed, they claimed that the GDP would have gone negative and only increased because of “soaring expenditure on health care” caused by “the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansion”.
Well, the Republicans are zero for six on this one. Every one of their dire predictions failed. Indeed, the cost of health care is lower than even proponents of Obamacare predicted; the first quarter of this year it even went down for the first time in decades. The demographics are good.
But of course, none of the people who blithely predicted the collapse of Obamacare will even consider admitting that they were wrong.