Paul Krugman exposes the GOP’s “diabolical” Obamacare lunacy

The New York Times columnist says conservatives' refusal to note reform's success is not just pathetic but "scary"

Topics: Paul Krugman, The New York Times, Obamacare, GOP, Republican Party, Affordabl Care Act, Ideology, Conservatism, derp, Affordable Care Act, hack gap, wonks, , ,

Paul Krugman exposes the GOP's "diabolical" Obamacare lunacyPaul Krugman (Credit: Reuters/Anton Golubev)

In his latest for the New York Times, liberal columnist and star economist Paul Krugman argues that the GOP went “0 for 6″ on major predictions of Obamacare’s failure, but that they haven’t and will not acknowledge the program is working due to rigid ideology and dogmatic anti-government fervor.

Quoting Seneca’s famous quote that “to err is human” but “[t]o persist is diabolical,” Krugman writes that while it’s true that “[e]veryone makes incorrect predictions,” the Republicans’ ability to be “consistently, grossly wrong” about Obamacare requires “special effort.”

The explanation, Krugman says, is one he’s offered many times before: “It’s about politics and ideology, not analysis.” Republicans, he writes, simply cannot countenance a world in which Obamacare works — it’s too opposite from their ideological and (perhaps more importantly) political interests.

After running through one failed prediction after another from GOP politicians and policy experts, Krugman declares that conservatives’ “firm conviction that the government can’t do anything useful” and their “dogmatic belief in public-sector incompetence” has “evidently made rational analysis of policy issues impossible.”



Yet while Krugman can’t help but laugh at the haplessness of the right, he believes there’s reason to see it as, at heart, a profoundly unsettling development, one that could hint at even worse Republican thinking to come:

While it has been funny watching the right-wing cling to its delusions about health reform, it’s also scary. After all, these people retain considerable ability to engage in policy mischief, and one of these days they may regain the White House. And you really, really don’t want people who reject facts they don’t like in that position. I mean, they might do unthinkable things, like starting a war for no good reason. Oh, wait.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at eisquith@salon.com.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 13
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Api Étoile

    Like little stars.

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Calville Blanc

    World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Chenango Strawberry

    So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Chestnut Crab

    My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    D'Arcy Spice

    High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Esopus Spitzenberg

    Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Granite Beauty

    New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Hewes Crab

    Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Hidden Rose

    Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Knobbed Russet

    Freak city.

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Newtown Pippin

    Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.

    Clare Barboza/Bloomsbury

    Uncommon Apples

    Pitmaston Pineapple

    Really does taste like pineapple.

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...