House Speaker Paul D. Ryan says Obamacare is in a "death spiral," and he should know: He’s the one who cut the power to Obamacare’s engines and pointed its nose downward.
President Trump says, "ObamaCare is imploding and will only get worse," and he should know: He’s the one who placed the explosives under Obamacare’s foundation….
This is some prodigious cynicism, even by Washington standards. In the past couple of months, the Trump administration and the new GOP Congress have done all they could to undermine Obamacare, and now that their efforts are beginning to succeed they’re claiming Obamacare is collapsing under its own weight.
Another piece of Republicans' prodigious cynicism is their recent flogging of the Congressional Budget Office — specifically, over its "failure" to accurately forecast the population to be covered by Obamacare. The CBO sloppily overshot the mark, say Republicans. What the latter fail to add is that the conservative Supreme Court subsequently doomed millions of poor, red-state Americans to go without the Medicaid coverage that the CBO originally forecast. Had Obamacare unfolded as planned and written, the CBO's initial estimate of total coverage would have been far closer to the mark.
But what's a bit of factual history to Republican propagandists?
Among their keener talents is that of further assaulting the most abused victims of ultraright-wing skulduggery, which itself has a creepy, fascist history.