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Paul Krugman's Psychotic Break From Reality: "It’s time to “celebrate” Obamacare and “ridicule right-wingers”

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Rube Goldberg Survives

Holy seven million, Batman! The Affordable Care Act, a k a Obamacare, has made a stunning comeback from its shambolic start. As the March 31 deadline for 2014 coverage approached, there was a surge in applications at the “exchanges” — the special insurance marketplaces the law set up. And the original target of seven million signups, widely dismissed as unattainable, has been surpassed.

But what does it mean? That depends on whether you ask the law’s opponents or its supporters. You see, the opponents think that it means a lot, while the law’s supporters are being very cautious. And, in this one case, the enemies of health reform are right. This is a very big deal indeed.

Of course, you don’t find many Obamacare opponents admitting outright that 7.1 million and counting signups is a huge victory for reform. But their reaction to the results — It’s a fraud! They’re cooking the books! — tells the tale. Conservative thinking and Republican political strategy were based entirely on the assumption that it would always be October, that Obamacare’s rollout would be an unremitting tale of disaster. They have no idea what to do now that it’s turning into a success story.
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Oh, and btw, folks, the economy keeps on recovering, too.

Oh, and btw, folks, the economy keeps on recovering, too.

As we can see, and per the Keynesian definition of "recovery", anyway :

http://www.dailypaul.com/315741

How cool is that?

Blessed, we are!

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

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Paul Krugman, the long time innovator

Paul Krugman is one of those few who have innovated in being a sucker :

he has managed to keep on sucking himself, for a long time.

For such a long time that he's now past the point of no return, observably.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

I am not even sure what this

I am not even sure what this should mean and I dont want this picture in my head.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Pure propaganda

This guy is a mouthpiece. No matter what, he'd be yelling "it's a success!" That's what he gets paid to do.

If Krugman takes a break, it will be from psychosis,

not from reality.

This

guy understands so little about market economics.

He thinks printing money and designing Ponzi schemes under the guise of compassion produces wealth. He has no clue how money is created

This reads like

someone trying to convince their self.

Didnt more people lose their

Didnt more people lose their insurence because of the law? At the very least, we are still worse off than to begin with based on numbers alone.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

No, more people are insured

No, more people are insured now than last year.

says

who?

I believe Gallop does the

I believe Gallop does the survey on health insurance. Just do a google search, you'll find it quickly.

Yep

.

So something like 5 million

So something like 5 million lost and about 7 million gained. In addition to a couple million figuring out they can get medicaid.(totals are about 14 million now have insurance etc)
Costs are estimated to have risen an average of over 30% for everyone else. This means that in order to get less than 10% of the population insurance is now costing the other like 90% of the population 30% more. Obviously there is money going to somewhere and it aint healthcare. If the numbers were to correctly proportionate, we would see a cost increase of something like 10%, not triple that.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

No argument from me, I

No argument from me, I dislike Obamacare as much as the next guy. I was just saying that whatever you think of Obamacare, the impact does seem to be that there are more people insured now.

I call BS

There are many holes in the "data" being cited by pro and anti Ocare folks. I haven't seen anything definitive to prove your assertion of more people insured.

Ignorant left-wingers ...

... are the ones who deserve ridicule.

Psycho Talk

And, yes, it’s also a big political victory for Democrats. They can point to a system that is already providing vital aid to millions of Americans, and Republicans — who were planning to run against a debacle — have nothing to offer in response. And I mean nothing. So far, not one of the supposed Obamacare horror stories featured in attack ads has stood up to scrutiny.

So my advice to reform supporters is, go ahead and celebrate. Oh, and feel free to ridicule right-wingers who confidently predicted doom.