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...

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Survey: How doctors feel about Obamacare depends on their political affiliations

If you think your own opinions on the Affordable Care Act will be better informed if you check with how health-care professionals feel about the matter, think again. Those folks are at least as sharply divided on the issue as everyone else. That’s the principal finding of THIS POLL: When it comes to health care politics, it looks like doctors and nurses are just as partisan as the rest of us. A survey released Thursday found that as a whole, primary-care providers are slightly more likely to view the Affordable Care Act unfavorably than...

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Old people who hate Obamacare generally don’t know what they’re talking about

As an elderly person myself — I’m 72 — I can understand that lots of people my age and especially those who are older can become confused by the increasing complexity of life in the 21st century. But even I am surprised at the extent of opposition to Obamacare among geezers, virtually none of whom are directly affected by the law, at least in any negative way. Public opinion polls, for example, show that repeal of Obamacare is mostly strongly supported by old folks, as if they find the law a burden. It’s actually the...

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It seems that the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare is pretty much over

Don’t expect Republicans in Congress to shout about it from the rooftops, but it appears that they’ve dismounted their favorite legislative hobby horse: They’re no longer trying to repeal Obamacare.- The story is HERE: After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over. GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused...

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Justice Scalia naively says he expects that the GOP can produce an alternative to Obamacare

The oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court the other day in a case involving a legal challenge to Obamacare was good for one thing, if nothing else: It showed that Justice Antonin Scalia is a real piece of work (to borrow a popular term of a few decades back). The evidence of this arose when Scalia argued that the disastrous consequences of overturning Obamacare could easily be mitigated by Congress. Oh, yeah. Sure they could. This Republican Congress is ready and able to replace Obamacare with its own health-care reforms. And it...

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