ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Joan Walsh to reality-based community: STFU
Shorter Walsh: Keep calm and take your cues from Obama's presser:
As predictably as night follows day, on Monday the media establishment pivoted away from obsessing about GOP extremism and the party’s alleged “civil war” to the “train wreck” that is, allegedly,* the Affordable Care Act.
And liberals helped lead the pivot.
Don’t get me wrong:
No, I won't!
The problems with Healthcare.gov are real, and disturbing, and must be fixed asap. (Think Progress has a dispassionate assessment here.)
Hilariously, the Think Progress URL, generated by the site or chosen by the author on WP sites like Think Progress, includes the word "debacle." However, some Walsh-like entity higher up in the Think Progress food chain toned that down to "Bumpy Rollout."
But excuse me if I believe the president knows that without my telling him.
You're excused! Makes me oddly nostalgic for the days of "Obama's smarter than you," but never mind that.**
It’s like watching the 21st century version of the rise of the Democratic Leadership Council, and I feel the way I did back then: On the one hand, yes, it’s important for Democrats to acknowledge when government screws up, and to fix it.
On the other hand, when liberals rush conscientiously to do that, they only encourage the completely unbalanced and unhinged coverage of whatever the problem may be.
Walsh doesn't actually say what liberals can or should do, if they are not to "rush conscientiously." Should they "rush in a completely unprincipled way"? "Slow walk conscientiously?" "Keep quiet in the hopes that matters will improve? Whistle "How beautifully blue the sky"? What? Let's read on. Perhaps Walsh will explain!
Since I had heard Obama’s Monday remarks widely previewed as an “apology” for the problems of Healthcare.gov, I was glad to hear him take a defiant tone.
Heaven forfend he should take responsibility!
Robert Frost famously said “a liberal is a man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.” That very quality has encouraged the extremism of the modern GOP, culminating in the hostage-taking and extortion we saw this month. Fix the website, Mr. President, but don’t stop talking about what the ACA is getting accomplished while you do.
OK, now we've got our marching orders. Wait for the presser and do whatever Obama says to do. Check! Thanks, Joan. I'll just wait for the blast fax from the West Wing, then, shall I? Back in your "progressive" roach motel, peasants!
NOTE Here's the opportunity cost of Walsh's tribalism: If "liberals" talk up ObamaCare's benefits now, they destroy the very logic that would lead to changing replacing it with the better alternative. (Obama, of course, wishes that destruction, since his goal is to cement the health insurance industry in place forever and head off single payer, as the Heritage plan that ObamaCare is based on was designed to do.) It's odd, or not, that Walsh, a professed single payer supporter, would adopt the strategy of America's most prominent single payer opponent. All the faults of ObamaCare, both in design and execution, are the result of Obama's decision, as newly elected President and party leader, to build a complex and unproven system to preserve private insurance, instead of investing his political capital in a simple, rugged, and proven single payer system. Single payer advocates will never have another teaching opportunity like this. That's not the same as rooting for ObamaCare to fail. It's giving it the grade it deserves, a C-. Single payer advocates want a health care system for the American people that rates an A. If Walsh wanted that, she'd be doing what it takes to get there.
NOTE * Come on. Obama has a "tech surge" and brings in "the best and the brightest" and appoints a Czar because he wants improvements? I don't think so.
NOTE ** As does "the reality-based community." Remember that one?
UPDATE Brian Beutler shows some signs of intellectual integrity. Kudos. He's wrong to identify ObamaCare with the New Deal project, IMNSHO. It isn't any such thing. It would be better to think of ObamaCare as an investment in a new line of business funded by whatever good will from the New Deal remains on the Democratic balance sheet.