After breaking down conservative arguments against Obamacare with cold, hard statistics, Jonathan Chait concludes the following:
Conservatives have gone from absolute ideological certainty that health-care inflation would rise in the wake of Obamacare to absolute ideological certainty that the drop in health-care inflation has nothing at all to do with Obamacare. It’s obvious that no conceivable data can falsify conservative opposition to Obamacare. The premise that Obamacare has failed is a matter of doctrinal writ, as holy as the sanctity of the great Ronald Reagan. To abandon this position is to abandon conservatism itself. Conservatives can try to redirect their base’s rage toward the construction of an alternative plan to replace Obamacare, but they cannot concede that the law has actually succeeded in advancing its stated goals. Republicans hate Obamacare not for its concrete outcomes but for what it represents to them. If Trump’s campaign has demonstrated anything, it is the hopelessness of crafting technocratic justifications for the pulsating right-wing Id.
Those concrete outcomes are as follows:
* Health-care inflation has not just slowed, it has, as Chait shows, "dropped to the lowest level since the government began measuring it."
* Lethal medical errors in hospitals are down.
* The rate of uninsured has dropped sharply, with 2014 being the biggest decrease on record.
* Sign up rates through government insurance exchanges exceeded all expectations in 2016.
* Obamacare has verifiably saved lives for those who would have been unable to get insurance due to pre-existing conditions.
But other than that, it has of course been an unmitigated disaster.