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One reason may be optics. Obama was scheduled to deliver the speech in a stadium seating 64,000 people.


No good answer for ObamaCare

Even Democrat strategists are reeling in shock when they get their insurance bills.

The most inscrutable, bizarre, unintentionally hilarious Twitter message ever written in coherent, complete sentences sprang from the keyboard of Democrat strategist Donna Brazile on Wednesday morning:

Is it possible for an ObamaCare booster to be this utterly clueless about the effects of the legislation she championed? ¬†(Of course, the people who signed it into law had no idea what it contained, or what its effects would be…)

Is it possible she meant this as some kind of sarcastic joke? ¬†Should we be congratulating Brazile for her candor and willingness to go off-message? ¬†(I’d feel a bit more inclined to offer those congratulations if she expressed concern for what ObamaCare is doing to everyone¬†else…¬†and if those effects had not been so painfully predictable to those of us who weren’t blinded by partisan loyalty.)

You’d think Brazile might at least read the¬†New York Times –¬†which, as Jim Geraghty of¬†National Review¬†noted, reported that “health insurance¬†companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration‚??s¬†health care law¬†was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers,” as recently as early January. ¬†The Times¬†further observed that small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance were particularly hard-hit by ObamaCare’s soaring premiums.

It’s tough to imagine a more damaging “optic” than a loud Democrat partisan staggering around in shock because she just discovered, first-hand, what the policy she championed so strongly is doing to America. ¬†To modify a famous remark from Nancy Pelosi: we had to pass ObamaCare to find out what was in it, but even then it took a while for top Democrat strategists to figure it out.



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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.