Worst Predictions of 2013: Obamacare Edition

December 20th, 2013

From Politico Magazine:

The Obamacare Rollout Will be Great

Slate writer Matt Yglesias: “I wanted to once again take the opportunity to lay down a marker and say once again that Obamacare implementation is going to be a huge political success.” And here: “…conservatives are certainly fooling themselves if they’re expecting a backlash driven by problems around implementation. … Snafus will be real enough, but broadly speaking, the rollout is going to be a huge success.” Slate.com, July 17

MSNBC host Ed Schultz: “If you go to this Web site, you will find out how easy it is to read, how easy it is to navigate all the information, all the basic questions, and all the direction you need to take to get involved, to get health care.” MSNBC, Sept. 30

President Barack Obama: “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. (Applause.) If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.” Chicago address, June 15, 2009

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: “[E]verybody will have lower rates, better quality care and better access.” Meet the Press, July 1, 2012

The roster of mistaken predictions about the Oct. 1 launch of HealthCare.gov, the federal website where Americans can shop for health care plans, would fill an error log that would make Kathleen Sebelius blush. Suffice it to say that the implementation of Obama’s signature health law was a universally acknowledged fiasco that has taken the president’s approval numbers to new lows. His credibility also took a major hit as insurance companies notified millions of Americans that their plans would be canceled to meet the health law’s requirements, forcing Obama to apologize on Thursday, Nov. 14: “There is no doubt that the way I put that forward unequivocally ended up not being accurate. It was not because of my intention not to deliver on that commitment and that promise.”