You can almost always tell when Republican are losing on an issue. They change the subject. When they're asked questions about the issue...they change the subject. Or they don't answer. Or they say...as Speaker John Boehner did today...we'll see.
The R's have spent better than two months crowing about the failures of the Affordable Care Act's website. (They could crowed even more had they not shut the government down...but that's a whole other subject.) It was, they said, emblematic of the whole of Obamacare. It's a failure and what better example of its many failures is this failure. People can't get on the website to sign up for insurance they aren't going to be able to afford anyway. (Hmmm...John Boehner signed up for an affordable policy in 45 minutes...what was that all about?) And, by the way, insurance companies...those paragons of corporate ethical decency...are canceling policies that were...oh, darn...junk coverage, anyway.
There were a number of things the R's didn't want to talk about. There were elements of Obamacare taking effect that had nothing to do with a dysfunctional website. Things that were working. The ability of parents to keep their children on their policies until age 26. The abolition of pre-existing conditions keeping applicants from getting insurance. The end of lifetime caps on insurance. Oh, and by the way, states that set up their own exchanges...as all states were to do as envisioned by the ACA itself...people were having no trouble signing up at all. They were, in fact, signing up by the thousands.
Oh, and about that website? It's working.
The administration promised the ACA website would be working by the end of November. It was. More than a million people visited healthcare.gov since the end of November. More than 100,000 were able to sign up for insurance during November...four times more than in October. And that was before the website was fixed...nearly 30,000 were able to sign up in just the two days since the repaired website went up. People are actually getting insurance...exactly the way the administration always said they would.
And the R's?
Since the repair of the Obamacare website, Senator John Cornyn of Texas accused the administration of "taking lying to new heights". About what? The website? Canceled policies? Er, no...
Apparently ignoring the fact that the lies on that subject have mostly been coming from the other side. Baby Lindsay Graham is carrying on about Benghazi, too, putting holds on presidential nominations until he gets the "answers" he wants. Answers that, by the way, have been available for months. And Chairman Darryl Issa (WHY does he have to be from California) wants to talk about the IRS non-scandal again, demanding more documents from the Justice Department and FBI on their investigation into it.
And Obamacare? What Obamacare?