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December 15, 2013

Column: Democrats' double-standard brands opponents of Obamacare

Democrats’ double-standard brands opponents of Obamacare

Even President Obama seems to have realized that blaming his predecessor, George W. Bush, for everything that has gone wrong with his presidency has gotten old. But for him, blaming Republicans never gets old.

As expected, one of the chief talking points of the president and his supporters during the still-disastrous rollout of Obamacare is that Republicans aren’t helping him fix it.

They’ve done everything they could to undermine it. They’re out looking for people who have had trouble signing up, and trying to publicize their woes. They’re trying to persuade young adults – who are desperately needed to pay inflated prices for coverage they don’t need so old people can pay lower prices – to opt out and pay the fine.

Democrats contend that Republicans were so intent on cutting funding for Obamacare that they shut the government down (well, maybe 15 percent of it). Apparently, in Democrats’ parallel universe, it doesn’t take two sides to create an impasse.

The president himself, while accepting some of the blame, said much of it still rested with Republicans who were “rooting for it to fail.” They’re the “party of no.” And on and on.

The mainstream press, as usual, carries water for the president and his people. One recent political cartoon depicted a group of Republicans sticking pins into a voodoo doll labeled Obamacare. See? That’s why the website isn’t working! Republicans are using black magic!

Supposedly “objective” commentators declare that the Obama administration did indeed screw up royally in its launch of what is supposed to be the president’s signature achievement, but they then take pains to point out that a large share of the blame has to lie with Republicans, who have done everything they could to sabotage what is, after all, “settled law” upheld by the Supreme Court.

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