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With the open enrollment deadline for the Affordable Healthcare Act punching Americans in the face today, former senator and losing presidential contender Rick Santorum just wants to be clear that since only 6 million or so people signed up for the ACA, the program is a complete failure. On Meet the Press, Chuck Todd asked the Frothy One if he "felt vindicated" for his many attacks on Obamacare during the 2012 Republican primaries, and as it turns out, he is pretty pleased with himself:


“Well, it was the issue in 2010 that caused us to have the tea party revolution,” Santorum asserted. “It was all around the issue of health care. And this election is going to be all around the issue of health care.”

That's pretty persuasive, all right! It sort of leaves out how Mitt Romney trounced Obama in the 2012 election, but it sure proves that scaring people about death panels is a good way to get them to vote in a midterm. Also, we seem to remember something about the tea party revolution being about the fake Kenyan dictator who was a socialist, too. But yes, if people were angry about it in 2010, that pretty much proves that the ACA has failed in 2014, doesn't it?

Santorum went on to acknowledge that, sure, about 15 million people will be covered under the ACA, but it's not really much of an achievement because a lot of those people already had insurance before -- shitty insurance, sure, but definitely insurance -- so it's not fair to count them. "A lot of these people are just changing from one insurance policy to another -- to a more expensive one, I might add." Hey, it doesn't have to actually be true, just as long as you can find a few horror stories; by the time they've been proven to be bogus, fewer people are listening.

And besides, he says, a little bird told him that tons and tons of the new signups are by slackers who are just going to not pay their premiums anyway, because let's just be honest, these are people who didn't bother getting insurance before the government made them, amiright?

“And you look at these numbers of 6 million people [signing up], I talked to insurance companies, you’re looking at anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of those who haven’t made a premium payment yet,” Santorum opined. “Many of them are uninsured and probably won’t make a premium payment, so, I think you’re going to see these numbers not be as encouraging as the administration has pointed out.”

It pretty much proves the point that Republicans have been making all along, like when first nobody was going to sign up at all, and then when too many people wanted to sign up and the crappy website couldn't handle it, and then state legislatures tried to make it impossible to sign up, and killed Medicaid expansion because too many poor people might get covered, and so on. Nobody really wants health insurance through Obamacare, and that's that.

[RawStory]

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