White House Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested Monday that Obamacare critics are “gnashing their teeth” over the administration’s unexpected success in reaching its goal of signing up 7 million people by March 31.
So, look, polling aside, we’re achieving something today that I know has our critics gnashing their teeth. I know it leaves them with the need to go back to the drawing board when it comes to other means of trying to attack a law that is providing opportunity and security to millions of Americans.
A couple of things about this.
First of all, he’s right. Nobody thought the White House would get 7 million signups – possibly not even the White House – and they did. And you can hear the frustration among conservatives as they discuss Obama’s success.
On the other hand, Carney added that Obamacare critics will consequently be forced to go “back to the drawing board” and were “now grasping for other things to criticize about the Affordable Care Act.”
Well, the drawing board is rather teaming with sketches, and one doesn’t have to “grasp” very far – much to hate about the ACA is well within reach – starting with that up to 20 percent of the signups haven’t paid and some two thirds had health insurance previously.
And that’s before you get to the ruination of the previously affordable U.S. health care system.
But, you know, whatever. Carney and the White House deserve a little victory lap today.
This is not a victory lap. All this is about is providing benefits to the American people. It’s really not about the midterm cycle or what a critic in the Senate or the House says versus what we say. It’s about delivering on a promise that the Affordable Care Act embodies and that the President made and that many Presidents prior to him tried to make.
Well, I knew Carney would get back to the usual silliness. And BTW, the White House has a lot of nerve talking about the president “delivering on a promise” with respect to Obamacare.