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November 05, 2013

If Obama Cares So Much About the Much-Namechecked "And The Middle Class," Why Is He Claiming That Millions of And The Middle Class Taxpayers He Directly Harmed Are Mere Rounding Errors and Acceptable Collateral Damage?

Charles C.W. Cooke objects to the White House's spin that there are a "mere" fifteen million victims.

Is that all, President And The Middle Class?

Pushing back against the increasingly common realization that Obamacare’s achievements have thus far been to expose the president as an incorrigible liar and to corrupt the individual health-insurance market in precisely the way that critics were lambasted for suggesting it would, Jay Carney complained last Tuesday that reporters were blowing out of proportion the number of people whose health insurance is being canceled. “In some of the coverage of this issue in the last several days,” Carney griped, “you would think that you were talking about 75 percent or 80 percent or 60 percent of the American population!” Instead, he noted bitterly, “the universe we’re talking about” is only “5 percent of the population.”

Out of context, “5 percent of the population” does not sound especially impressive. But 5 percent of the population is 15 million people — or the collective population of Alaska, Delaware, Montana, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Hawaii, Idaho, West Virginia, Nebraska, New Mexico, and both the Dakotas. Fifteen million people is 300 Yankee Stadiums or two New York Cities. It is twice the number of Germans who died during the Second World War. It is, in another words, a lot of people.

With this in mind, one almost feels sympathetic toward the administration’s crack team of liars. By now, they must be realizing that they have been given an impossible mission: to argue simultaneously that 20 million people’s visiting a website is worthy of our awe and admiration and that 15 million living, breathing rebuttals to the president’s incessant “if you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan” promise are but an insignificant rounding error.

This will prove to be an almost impossible feat.

I think @justkarl pointed out that the ENDA bill -- making gays a protected class as far as getting fired from work -- will affect something like 10-15 million American gays.

Apparently that's a block of people Obama has to rush right out to protect.

But the 15 million directly, intentionally harmed by his own lies and socialist schemes? Meh. Can't make an omelette without breaking those eggs.


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