Politics & Policy

The Republicans Sabotaged Obamacare by Launching Unsuccessful Lawsuits Against It

Abbe Gluck of Yale makes a singularly unpersuasive case that Republicans are responsible for the struggles of Obamacare in the New York Times, supposedly in large part by launching unsuccessful lawsuits against it. This sentence particularly stands out: “The Obama administration’s decision to allow more people to stay on their old plans than originally expected may also have narrowed the new pool of insurance customers in ways that contributed to premium hikes.” This may have some truth to it, but she doesn’t pause to note that letting people keep their plans if they liked them was a central Obama promise that helped the law get through. She is implicitly conceding that this promise so ran against the design of the law that even making a gesture toward keeping it undermined Obamacare’s implementation. 

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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