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ObamaCare: “Denial” gives way to “Bargaining”

by | Feb 19, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion President Barack Obama

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We’ve posted dozens of stories about the calamities (almost all of which were utterly predictable) that have befallen ObamaCare, particularly since was first rolled out October 1, 2013. But I’ve yet to read a better summary of what Democrats who voted for this abomination are facing as the 2014 mid-term elections arrive than “Democrats in Denial Over Obamacare: Supporters of the health care law are convinced they can defend themselves on the issue. Don’t bet on it,” by Josh Kraushaar.

The “denial” is a clever allusion to Elisabeth Kübler-Ross famous five stages of grief she theorized people go through after a loss: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. As one expert defined the denial stage, “It can feel as though they are experiencing a bad dream, that the loss is unreal, and they are waiting to ‘wake up’ as though from a dream, expecting that things will be normal.”

For three years Democrats kept insisting that uniform public opposition was temporary. They argued that as soon as the law kicked into gear, people would see how wonderful it was and its popularity would, if not soar, at least no longer be a net negative.

Of course, that has not proven to be the case. ObamaCare is wildly unpopular, which is why President Obama keeps unilaterally making changes in the requirements ordinary people and businesses must meet to try to staunch the bleeding.

Writing in National Journal, Kraushaar lays out the various strategies Democrats have laid out to try to neutralize voter anger. The long and the short of it is that they believe they can tell the public they would “fix” ObamaCare were it not for those recalcitrant Republicans. Kraushaar deftly deflates that reassuring myth:

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that more voters support ‘fixing’ something than repealing a law; as any professional wordsmith can tell you, it always sounds more constructive to fix something that’s broken. But it doesn’t address how voters dissatisfied with the health care law will act when given the choice between a lawmaker who voted for a broken law and a challenger with the freedom to run against it however he sees fit.”

It’s only February, so anyone who talks about Democrats necessarily getting hammered come next November are talking through their hat. Elections—indeed, entire election cycles—can change in a matter of just a few months.

But it is true that of their own volition, Democrats hung ObamaCare around their own necks. If that weren’t enough, they also are encumbered by a President whose approval rating—if they do not sink into the high thirties–may max out at 42%-44%.

Which is why Kraushaar ends with this sobering reference back to Kübler-Ross :

“Democrats are now in the bargaining stage of Obamacare grief, but it’s shaping up as a prelude to a November depression.”

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