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Today In Political Journalists Who Don’t Understand Politics


This is a thing that was written in the National Journal:

Unless the HealthCare.gov website miraculously gets fixed by next month, there’s a growing likelihood that over time, enough Democrats may join Republicans to decide to start over and scrap the whole complex health care enterprise.

Sure, and then people of all political persuasions will unite around President Erskine Bowles.

I’m not sure if it requires elaborate argument to explain to an informed audience why this is nuts, but just in case see Waldman and Chait. Among the countless other problems, a key fallacy is embedded in the phrase “stating over,” which suggests that repealing the ACA would lead to a new bipartisan consensus that would create a New and Better Solution. However little I think of moderate Democrats, they mostly understand what Kraushaar (and a few leftier-than-thous) do not: the alternative to the ACA in actually existing American politics is “nothing.”

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