Yesterday, on ABC's "This Week," economist Paul Krugman said something astonishing about the new health care law.
Krugman claimed that "almost all" of the news about Obamacare "has been good":
"[I]t happens, in fact, to be a very good law. You see, one of the things I think is going on here is - just the failure on the part of the Republican caucus to actually understand anything about this thing. They haven't done the policy. They understood - in fact, almost all of the substantive news over the last couple of months has been good.
"The premiums are coming in well below expectation. Health care costs are moderating. Probably, there will be some technical glitches with the computer systems, but those are not fundamental. So, actually, people who support this law are looking forward - they're actually almost cheering at the preliminary results."
So, who has Krugman been reading to come to this conclusion? A quick review of headlines from major publications - some of them pretty darn "progressive" - suggests there's plenty of bad news out there, ranging from higher costs to less accessible health care - even from the New York Times, where Krugman is a columnist:
New York Times:
- Lower Health Insurance Premiums to Come at Cost of Fewer Choices
- On the Threshold of Obamacare, Warily
- Reports of problems precede launch of Obamacare
- Obamacare suffers another delay, pushing back exchange enrollment for small firms
- One week away, Obamacare's small business insurance exchanges not all ready for launch
- VA: 6 deaths linked to delays in screenings at South Carolina hospital, says delays resolved
- Obamacare: One blow after another
- Another Obamacare delay
- Exchanges may have high out-of-pocket costs
Wall Street Journal:
- Medicaid Applications Face Delay in Health Exchanges
- Health Insurers Scramble to Keep Healthy Customers
National Review Online:
Investors Business Daily:
Real Clear Politic:
- Double Down: Obamacare Will Increase Avg. Individual-Market Insurance Premiums By 99% For Men, 62% For Women
NYT/CBS News Poll:
- Americans' Views on President Obama- Spoiler alert! No one thinks this law is going to be executed well.
- Yet Another White House Obamacare Delay: Out-Of-Pocket Caps Waived Until 2015
- Obamacare Will Increase Health Spending By $7,450 For A Typical Family of Four
Concerning lower premiums, is it good news that Americans have to give up access to health care in exchange for them? Also, how is it that a massive data hub vulnerable to hacking, and software that can't accurately gauge whether or not you're eligible for Obamacare subsides, are not "fundamental" problems?