Sarah Kliff loves Obamacare. Despite being a journalist for the Washington Post and now Vox, Kliff boosted the program harder than anyone not on the DNC payroll. For years she pushed headlines assuring voters that the ACA was on the brink of success:
Alas, the longer we live with the Byzantine legislation, the harder it is to cheerlead for it. Since November, Kliff has abandoned her PR duties, unable to spin the increasingly dire news:
In the past week, the number of counties with zero health plans signed up to sell Obamacare has doubled. There are now 38,000 Obamacare enrollees scattered across 47 counties where no insurers want to participate in the marketplaces.
That last sentence indicates where the blame lies to Kliff and other Obamacare dead-enders. ACA’s predicted failure isn’t due to the thousands of pages of unread legislation, the sleazy backroom haggling, government ineptitude, or the hubris of a former president thinking DC could commandeer one-fifth of the US economy.
No, Obamacare is only failing because of Donald Trump and those mean old Republicans.
The possibility that Republicans will repeal Obamacare or drive it into collapse is an increasingly real one. That’s a reality where millions fewer have health insurance and lower-income Americans struggle to afford coverage.
Not one Republican voted for Obamacare. A Democratic Congress passed and a Democratic president signed the legislation over the loud objections of the GOP. Conservative activists and legal groups fought tooth and nail to prevent its roll-out, and when that failed, they repeatedly warned it was doomed to failure.
Yet Kliff and her fellow press flacks spent years mocking the doomsayers and insisting Obamacare would be a rousing success.
They don’t get to blame a Republican Congress or White House for this disaster. It’s all on them.