There’s a Latin term for why some people wrongly blame Obamacare for everything


Most of us, at one time or another, have a tendency to blame a certain problem on a certain something that preceded it — no matter if there really isn’t any cause-and-effect relationship.

Just because the weather turned bad only after you arrived at the picnic doesn’t mean it’s your fault.

This kind of reckless laying of blame seems to apply in certain criticisms of Obamacare.

Ed Kilgore EXPLAINS:

This is known in logic as the “post hoc ergo propter hoc” (after this therefore because of this) fallacy, which is extraordinarily common and the source of all sorts of superstitions and mistaken impressions. And it’s not a terribly surprising problem when you consider the combination of hype (positive and negative) and complexity surrounding the Affordable Care Act.


The “questionable cause” fallacy is also, of course, a problem for Obama in other areas, too, notably the blame he has assumed for economic conditions he inherited, whose persistence, moreover, owes a great deal to Republican obstruction.

As for Obamacare, we can only hope Americans who blame the law for all the “preexisting conditions” in the health care system don’t find out otherwise because its benefits have been abruptly taken away by the U.S. Supreme Court.