One of the excuses for the technical incompetence of ObamaCare is that the president and his team were the victims of “sabotage” by congressional Republicans. Todd Purdum, a leftist longtime New York Times reporter, put forward this claim in a Politico op-ed last week, and yesterday the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, perhaps Obama’s most effusive male admirer, echoed it, citing a deeply reported story by his Post colleagues Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin.
The idea that Republicans have “sabotaged” ObamaCare is ludicrous on its face. Sabotage entails destroying or damaging something by subverting it–by stealthily undermining it from within. Republican opposition to ObamaCare has been neither stealthy nor “within.” Every Republican member of Congress has opposed ObamaCare consistently, openly and honorably.
But as the Goldstein-Eilperin piece demonstrates, there is some truth to the notion that Republican opposition has had a detrimental effect on ObamaCare’s technical efforts, and there is some truth to the notion that those efforts were sabotaged. But the truth is more interesting than partisans like Purdum and Capehart are capable of seeing.