The Washington Post is not merely liberal. It is the flagship liberal publication. The New York Times prides itself on its phony neutrality. Not the Post.
Here is the headline: PROMISES, PROMISES: A big Obama health insurance promise that never stood a chance. It is an Associated Press story, but the Post ran it. It begins:
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s soothing promise that Americans happy with their health insurance could simply keep it was doomed from the start, and everyone familiar with the market seemed to recognize that except the president. Even his aides said four years ago, early in the huge push for his health care law, that he wasn’t to be taken literally on that point.
But he kept making the promise, literally and forcefully, through the long debate about the overhaul, after it became law and directly to voters in the campaign for the 2012 election. The words sometimes varied but the message didn’t: Not only was a better day coming for people with no insurance or bad insurance — but everyone else could just relax.
Now his assurance is proving empty for people who are getting cancellation notices in the individual or small-business insurance marketplace and for workers who are beginning to see jarring changes in their employer-provided plans. Although they are a minority of the insured, they are adding up to millions of people.
It gets worse.
It was never convincing, though, to claim that an overhaul of this magnitude could be dropped like a rock into a pond without waves washing over the system — happy campers among them.
Health policy experts, including some who favored the law, said then that Obama had no standing to make such a promise, as did fact-checkers. “If he was a king, he would deliver that, but he’s not king,” Dallas Salisbury, head of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, told The Associated Press in 2009.
Like sharks, the media smell blood in the water. They are circling the bleeding program. This will not go away. This will be prime-time news for months . . . maybe years. There are already millions of victims. Until the website works seamlessly, and until the Supreme Court declares that the federal subsidies are legal for policies purchased on the federal government’s exchange, this story will remain prime time. Any news media outlet that tries to bury this story will lose market share. It’s not going to happen.
We can see where this is headed.