I don’t normally like to just copy and paste somebody else’s blog post, but Chris Rossini at EPJ penned a work of brilliance. I had read all of these Krugman posts, but didn’t think to lay them out this way:
I’m proud to announce that Truth and Paul Krugman have crashed into one another. It’s in regards to Healthcare.gov, but hey, when worlds collide, it’s only right to recognize it.
So let’s look at the timeline (my emphasis):
Oct. 1 – “The glitches will get fixed.”
Oct. 14th – “Obviously they messed up the programming big time, which is kind of a shock. But this will get fixed…”
Nov. 6 – “If the bugs in healthcare.gov get fixed…”
AND NOW …. Drumroll please!
Nov. 20 – “But the future of the reform depends not on policy per se but on whether the IT issues can be fixed well enough soon enough, a subject on which I have zero expertise.”
There we go…Krugman has no clue. He had no business saying that anything would work. It took almost 2 months, but he got there.
UPDATE: According to a frequent commenter, the above doesn’t really mean much; it is hardly a good “gotcha.” I don’t know what else Krugman would need to say, to show he is completely full of it and shows no remorse in his twisting opinions. Does it matter if I point out, that the first sentence of his November 20 post was: “I haven’t been writing about the healthcare.gov thing, for the simple reason that I have nothing to say.” ?
I mean, that’s an outright lie, unless you append the phrase, “Starting at the point at which I stopped confidently telling my readers healthcare.gov would be fixed, I haven’t been writing about the healthcare.gov thing…”