Republicans Finally Admit Why They Really Hate Obamacare – By Jonathan Chait June 22, 2014 8:00 p.m.

Just Sayin'

You can’t disprove this. Photo: Alex Wong/2012 Getty Images

Conservatives spent years predicting Obamacare would collapse in all manner of gloomy scenarios. But those predictions all occurred in the run-up to the project going online, on the basis of sketchy, preliminary data or pure conjecture. In the months since the law has come into effect, a steady stream of far more solid data has come in, and the doomsaying predictions are being hunted to extinction. The right’s ideological objections to Obamacare remain, but I can’t think of a single practical analytic claim they made that still looks correct.

Just within the last week, numerous predictions of Obamacare skeptics have suffered ignominious deaths. Consider a few:

1. Obamacare is mostly just signing up customers who already had insurance. The basis for this claim was a preliminary survey conducted by McKinsey last year, well before the first enrollment period for Obamacare was complete…

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