I’m still trying to find a mea culpa where Yglesias discusses his off-the-mark predictions about how great the ObamaCare rollout would be. Nothing yet, but in the meantime I ran across this:
“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” That was the promise Barack Obama made to insured Americans when stumping for his signature health insurance overhaul back in 2009 and 2010. It’s a promise that’s coming back to sting him now that it isn’t coming true. It was an irresponsible promise, a cowardly cave-in to focus-group findings that it was what Americans wanted to hear. But it didn’t make sense as a promise and didn’t make sense as a description of any plausible insurance reform. While Obama ought to be sorry he said it, the idea of actually trying to make it a policy goal is insane.
Now hang on a second. Did Yglesias know that this major plank of Obama’s plan–which Obama said at least 37 times, apparently, in different venues–was “insane” all along?
I’m not being a wiseguy here, I really think somebody who knows the guy should ask Yglesias to clarify. As recently as late May, Yglesias was predicting that the ObamaCare rollout would be a tremendous success. Now that it’s blowing up in supporters’ faces, Yglesias is saying matter-of-factly that a major component of the promised outcome was “insane.” So what gives?
==> Did Yglesias not realize that this aspect of the plan was insane, back in May when Yglesias was telling us how great ObamaCare was? Isn’t that a big deal? Is there anything else that Yglesias hasn’t considered?
==> Did Yglesias realize millions of Americans were going to have their policies canceled, but didn’t speak up because he was afraid it would possibly upset passage of the ACA?