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Jonathan Chait: Today in Conservative Obamacare Self-Delusion: Noted

Jonathan Chait: Today in Conservative Obamacare Self-Delusion:

Republicans have whipped themselves into a frenzy over [ObamaCare] through a process of self-deception…. The most important news about the law--the lower-than-expected premiums and sharply falling health-care inflation--doesn’t exist at all, and the fate of the law can instead be tracked through a procession of exaggerated or completely imaginary events all showing its rapid collapse…. A perfect example comes via a National Review report from the House Republican meeting today. Influential Republican Jim Jordan waxes enthusiastic about the agreed-to plan to threaten to default on the national debt in order to force President Obama to destroy his own health-care plan:

"All the momentum is in our direction. Warren Buffett said yesterday, ‘Scrap the bill.’ The AFL-CIO said last week, ‘Repeal the bill if you’re not going to fix it.’ Everyone knows this thing isn’t ready. Everyone knows,” said Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, a former Republican Study Committee chairman, referring to the health-care law.

Wait. Warren Buffett said scrap the bill?… It turns out a right-wing site called Money Morning quoted Buffett saying the following:

Buffett insists that without changes to Obamacare average citizens will suffer. "'What we have now is untenable over time,' said Buffett, an early supporter of President Obama. 'That kind of a cost compared to the rest of the world is really like a tapeworm eating, you know, at our economic body

The quote was picked up by Jeffrey H. Anderson of the Weekly Standard… and ricocheted around the conservative-news world, implanting itself in Jordan’s mind…. The Buffett quote came from… 2010… “what we have right now” refers to the pre-Obamacare status quo…. Buffett today told the Omaha World-Herald he has no idea where these stories came from and strongly supports Obamacare: Stories saying that Warren Buffett wants to “scrap Obamacare” are false, the Omaha investor said Tuesday.

“This is outrageous,” Buffett said in a World-Herald interview Tuesday. “It's 100 percent wrong ... totally false…. I've never suggested nor thought Obamacare should be scrapped,” said Buffett, who has supported Obama's political campaigns. “I support it. It relates to providing medical care for all Americans. That's something I've thought should be done for a long, long time.”

Anderson hilariously issued an “update” to his completely false item, in which he notes: “It appears that Buffett made his anti-Obamacare comments in 2010, thereby showing that he, like most of the American people, has opposed Obamacare since even before it was passed.” This is also completely untrue…. But the Jim Jordans of the world are probably never going to read untrustworthy lame-stream media organs like the Omaha World-Herald. Trusted sources like Jeffrey H. Anderson have told them once again what they know to be true: Obamacare is collapsing, and even its staunchest supporters know it.

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