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Inside the Beltway: The long aftermath
Question of the Day
Republicans pre-loaded rebuttals to an Obamacare win in the Supreme Court, promising to “double down” on their efforts to repeal the health care law, and insisting the ruling would bolster Mitt Romney’s campaign and appeal for him. They have a point. Pollsters consistently find that a majority of Americans either don’t understand the law, or are wary of its big government implications and staggering costs. Doctors themselves appear dubious. A survey of 243 U.S. primary care physicians taken by the medical data company MDLinx after the decision found that 64 percent did not believe the law could achieve its objective of 100 percent health care coverage for Americans.
“Conventional wisdom is that the decision upholding the Affordable Care Act is a win for the left. However, a majority of justices supported limiting the reach of the Commerce Clause to impose mandates, as well as restricting the federal government’s ability to dictate Medicaid policy to the states. Furthermore, this decision sets up the 2012 election as another referendum on the act, something that did not work well for the Democrats in 2010,” Tevi Troy told Inside the Beltway.
He was deputy Health and Human Service director in the George W. Bush administration, and is now a health care policy adviser to the Romney campaign as well as a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
“Now is the time for Republicans to step up. Either repeal Obamacare, or the American people will repeal you,” advised a vigorous Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center and chairman of ForAmerica, a conservative non-profit advocacy group.
AND THAT’S SHOW BIZ
Dewey defeats Truman, again? The media hall of shame just got a few more entries. Caught up in the anxious snare of breaking news and journalistic hysteria, two news organizations and at least one public official got their stories wrong once the Supreme Court issued its ruling on Obamacare. Their blunders generated more than 18,000 gleeful press reports and mentions within hours.
Alas, CNN and Fox News initially reported that President Obama’s health care law had been ruled unconstitutional, even as other news outlets trumpeted the opposite. Critics pounced, and social media rattled with waggish comparisons to historic flubs — like the Chicago Tribune’s erroneous “Dewey Defeats Truman” banner headline that has lived in infamy since 1948.
Both networks corrected their errors, deftly blaming it all on the sluggish flow of facts, and misinterpretation.
And like hundreds of other officials, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott released his own statement following the Supreme Court ruling. Initially, Mr. Abbott earnestly proclaimed the decision a “historic victory for individual liberty, states’ rights, and limited government.” A Texas-sized “oops” moment, to be sure.
And like the networks, Mr. Abbott squared his shoulders and tidied up his mess with a new quote an hour later, rehashing the correct facts and ultimately proclaiming, “It is time for Congress to step in and end the Obamacare nightmare.”
Does the world care? Oh yes. The network flubs alone drew national and international coverage and global tut-tuts from as far away Australia, India and Britain, according to a Goggle News count late Thursday.
THE GRANDEST OLD PARTY
The upcoming Republican National Convention will be a colossal, stupendous, behemoth? Yes, yes and yes, according to the official host committee in Tampa, Fla. Committee members plan to host “the largest welcome event” in the history of the convention itself.
More than 20,000 guests, including media and delegates, will be invited to the kick-off cocktail party and swanky soiree in Tampa — so large that it will be staged on Tropicana Field. The committee’s president and CEO Ken Jones simply predicts “a monumental occasion, an incredible event.”
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