When Obamacare was first rolled out and the website was such a disaster, I chalked it up to the incompetence of this president and his administration. But as we learn more and more about the details of the misnamed Affordable Care Act (ACA), I have come to the conclusion that the website issue is just a convenient sideshow. In fact, the failure of the website has turned out to be a serendipitous diversion for Obama and company from all that is really wrong with Obamacare. This is why Obama and his minions in the media have focused so much attention on the website. The message they are sending is simple, albeit false: If we can just get the website working all will be well with Obamacare. The website will eventually work, but even the most accessible, fast, and efficient website in the world cannot turn Obamacare into a winner.
The message conservatives need to communicate frequently and widely is this: It’s not the website stupid. All this attention on the website is just diverting the public’s attention from the fact that the ACA is going to result in fewer choices, higher-priced premiums, restricted access, fewer physicians, and less quality. Republicans, conservatives, and other opponents of Obamacare need to understand that while they are playing checkers, Obama is playing chess. By doing so, he is reducing his once-a-week disasters into minor issues that can be “fixed” and his opponents are helping him do it.
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