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Atlantic Mocks Pundits Over O-Care Predictions

From the Atlantic Magazine:

Pundit Accountability: The Best and Worst Obamacare Predictions

By Arit John | April 1, 2014

Many pundits across the country woke to very disappointing news this morning — they were completely wrong about Obamacare. Despite a busted website, tons of bad press and a dozen (debunked) horror stories, a last minute rush of procrastinators pushed enrollments over the 7 million mark.

Which of the horror stories have been debunked, Mr. Reid?

A select few (usually on the left) were vindicated after months of saying everything would work out… For every pundit who thought today’s headlines were possible, there were handful who saw death spirals and bailouts. Here are the best and worst predictions…

Pundit: Jonathan Cohn, The New Republic
Prediction: Obamacare will be fine — November 13, 2013…
How that prediction looks now: A victory lap seems pretty warranted.

Yes, Obama-Care is "fine." Nobody can argue with that.

Pundit: Marc A. Thiessen, The Washington Post
Prediction: Obamacare is imploding — October 14, 2013
Quote: "President Obama may have no choice but to delay the individual mandate … While the administration won’t reveal sign-up rates, London’s Daily Mail reported that total sign-ups in the first week were just 51,000 people. If accurate, that would mean they have just 6,949,000 more to go to break even."
How that sounds now: About 6.9 million more people did enroll.

And never mind that the individual mandate was delayed. From January 1st to March 31st. And then to mid-April, and to perhaps forever.

Pundit: Matt Yglesias, Slate
Prediction: July 17, 2013
Quote: "Laying down the marker—Obamacare implementation’s going to be great and people will love it…"
How that prediction looks now: "Great" and "love" are strong words, but this seems a lot more reasonable now than it did in mid-October.

Proving once again that no lie is too big for the Obama water carriers at the Atlantic.

Pundit: Jim Geraghty, The National Review
Prediction: California’s low enrollment is evidence we’ll need to bail out insurance companies — November 21, 2013
Quote: "[T]hey’re at 6.1 percent on the high end of their goal, at 10 percent of their low-end goal, with 28 percent of the enrollment period passed. … If you thought Obamacare was unpopular before, wait until the term ‘multimillion dollar taxpayer bailout of health insurance companies’ gets thrown around."
How that prediction looks now: Premature…

Given that 3/5ths of those signing up are getting subsidies, and too many are old and sick, and insurers are saying they are going to have to double or even triple premiums to stay afloat — that sounds like a pretty sure prediction to us.

Pundit: Ed Schultz, MSNBC
Prediction: Obamacare might reach 7 million — March 27, 2014
Quote: "I think it might even hit 7 million?”
How that prediction looks now: Correct…

Wow, what a Nostradamus! Schultz said this way back on March 27th, long after it was already clear that the administration was going to make damn sure they would hit their ‘target’ if they had to cook the books to a crisp.

Pundit: Steven F. Hayward, Forbes
Prediction: Obamacare will be repealed in 2014 — November 11, 2013
Quote: "Prediction: even if HealthCare.gov is fixed by the end of the month (unlikely), Obamacare is going to be repealed well in advance of next year’s election."
How that prediction looks now: Silly…

It’s still early yet.

By the way, the hopelessly smug author of this pap, Arit John, is one of the ‘reporters’ who said Drudge was lying about paying the Obama-Care tax. John wrote back on March 21st:  ‘Matt Drudge Has About 316 Days Until He Can Pay His Obamacare ‘Liberty Tax.’ So much for his knowledge of Obama-Care and our tax laws.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Atlantic Mocks Pundits Over O-Care Predictions”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    When you’ve lost the Atlantic, you’ve lost your enabler ..

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