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April 07, 2014 12:08 PM Obamacare Data: Watch For the Conservative Fallback Position

By Ed Kilgore

Speaking of issues on which evidence succumbs to ideology, the drip-drip-drip of data showing that the Affordable Care Act is beginning to meet its objectives continues with a fourth straight monthly Gallup finding that the percentage of Americans without health insurance has fallen—this time to the lowest point since Obama became president. As Greg Sargent points out today, the empirical basis for shrill conservative claims that the law is a “disaster” is shrinking, most notably for Mitch McConnell, whose own state is something of an Obamacare success story.

Greg figures Republicans will just gut it out between now and November and either ignore or try to drown out the good news. But let’s remember there is a conservative fallback position if it does ultimately appear Obamacare is working as intended: it just means the number of Americans enslaved by dependence on the federal government is increasing. There simply cannot be any proximate point at which the Right accepts the law as a positive development. Heads they win, tails you lose.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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