Jay Cost: The Conservative Case Against Obamacare: A Restatement

The Weekly Standard, April 21, 2014

Since Obamacare “hit” its “enrollment” “target,” Democrats, liberals, and their friends in the press have enjoyed some old-fashioned taunting of Republicans. This would be justifiable if a.) Republicans had destroyed the website that needed fixing or b.) predicted that nobody would sign up for the program in the first place.

Neither condition holds, of course. The website was totally the design of CMS, HHS, and the White House, which are all run by Democrats. Meanwhile, as Michael Cannon argued, it is no big feat to get people to sign up for a heavily subsidized product.

All of this Democratic triumphalism makes it a good time to restate in summary form the conservative case against Obamacare.

For starters, its recent success is grossly overstated.

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