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For Obamacare, What Counts As Success?
New York Times, by Ross Douthat

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Posted By:StormCnter, 4/18/2014 4:23:43 AM

Ezra Klein, in his new capacity as one of the impresarios behind Vox, has written a pair of attention-grabbing posts — here, and then here — defending the proposition that Obamacare has, in some sense, “won,” and that conservatives who can’t come to terms with that victory can’t come to terms with reality itself. Reading them, it struck me that this argument would benefit from laying down some specific markers for the near future, because Klein seems to move back and forth between two definitions of success. At times, as when he writes that Obamacare “has won its survival” and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 4/18/2014 5:47:43 AM     (No. 9815244)

It is very hard to measure success when you keep mucking with the yardstick.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Gorzabozo, 4/18/2014 8:18:44 AM     (No. 9815371)

When your losing and you have the ball, move your goalposts closer.
When the other side is winning and on offense, move their goalposts farther away.
When dazed, confused and unable to present a coherent argument, cover the field with fog and claim the play went your way.
That´s the three plays in the Democrat playbook Chapter I.
Chapter II deals with the race and sex cards.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: melman, 4/18/2014 8:56:13 AM     (No. 9815434)

Success is any lie this snake in the grass can get gullible Americans to believe.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Raristotle, 4/18/2014 11:14:21 AM     (No. 9815651)

Douthat does a good job of documenting some of the key metrics by which we should measure the success of Obamacare: 1. Does it increase the percent of insurance-covered U.S. citizens? 2. Does it lower the cost of healthcare? and 3. Does it improve healthcare outcomes?

However, one metric that Douthat doesn´t even mention is the freedom metric--does Obamacare free us from the reins of government? Does it increase the percentage of citizens who are less dependent on government and more likely to become self-sufficent, productive citizen-Americans (and thus, will pay for their own insurance)? By this metric, I suspect that Obamacare will be an utter disaster.

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