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President Obama’s (second) “Mission Accomplished” pep rally on behalf of his unpopular signature accomplishment was as shrill, demagogic and dishonest as one might expect. Especially insulting was his feigned confusion over why Republicans are so “angry” about people getting healthcare. Yeah, that’s it. People aren’t angry about millions of consumers losing the preferred coverage and doctors after being misled by Democrats’ “lie of the year.”
People aren’t furious over steep premium increases and shocking out-of-pocket costs. They’re not upset that their hours are being reduced, or that the taxpayer-funded “cost curve” has been bent up, or that their new coverage options are severely limited. No, they’re mad that some individuals are gaining coverage, or whatever. This president routinely seems pathologically incapable of making an intellectually honest argument — let alone a generous one — even as he celebrates himself as a pragmatic non-ideologue.