Did you know that Obamacare faltering rollout is why "liberalism" as an American political philosophy is at risk? According to some commentators, it is — because its failure would mean that Americans lose faith in government. Except that this is premature, over-simplified, dependent on questionable "experts," and wrong, it's an excellent point.
The National Review's Jonah Goldberg gleefully celebrated his schadenfreude at Obamacare's stumbles: "If you can’t take some joy, some modicum of relief and mirth, in the unprecedentedly spectacular beclowning of the president, his administration, its enablers, and, to no small degree, liberalism itself, then you need to ask yourself why you're following politics in the first place." On Monday, Politico's Todd Purdum reached the same conclusion on liberal politics via a less emotional road:
[T]he fiasco of the launch of Obama’s sweeping health care overhaul has put the reputation of Big Government progressivism at risk for at least this generation. And its future now rests on the president’s ability to reverse that debacle and to demonstrate that his approach to covering millions of uninsured Americans is not only an enlightened — but workable — policy.
"Big Government progressivism" has its reputation riding on the Affordable Care Act, apparently. But Obamacare is neither very big government nor terribly progressive. As we all know by heart at this point, Obamacare is a derivation of a policy promoted by the conservative Heritage Foundation, a free-market solution to the problem of health care costs and many people's lack of insurance. In a September poll, one-tenth of respondents opposed the Affordable Care Act because it's not progressive enough — instead of a single-payer (that is, government-run) system, it's a kludge cobbled together to win political support.