Browsing the blog archivesfor the day Monday, October 28th, 2013.


Easy to Be Hard

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Obama Administration

Apparently if you want to be one of the kewl kids in news media you must badmouth the Obamacare rollout and declare every stumble as proof of Doom. See Dear Journalists: Your privilege is clouding your perspective on Obamacare website glitches.

If I see one more journalist symbolically log on to the Obamacare website, I’m going to scream. If you’re making faux calls into the call center, only to complain about the lack of hold music, as if that is what’s critically important here, you’re severely missing the point.

And even when you defend your negative reporting about the Obamacare website glitches, as The Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein did last night on MSNBC, having the privilege of analyzing the process from the perspective of someone who is already insured and not in need of coverage allows the core impact of the new program on the health and security of millions of Americans to be missed….

… And unless you are a journalist who has been chronically uninsured, your feigned frustration about website issues reeks of privilege. To me, a few website glitches are a lot less frustrating than having to use the same inhaler for over a year because I can’t afford to go the doctor. Perspective is everything.

See also John Cole, who wrote of the author of the post above,

That’s Zerlina Maxwell, one of the nicest people I have ever met, who has spent the last week being insulted by people for refusing to fall over into the vapors over the new website and actually explaining how important this new legislation was for her.

This reminds me a bit of those heady days back in 2009, when a certain prominent, upper-income and well-insured progressive blogger and breast cancer survivor was leading the drumbeat to kill the bill. I’m still disgusted.

See also How I became the poster girl for liberal agitprop, Florida Blue CEO Refuses to Play Along with David Gregory’s Concern Trolling and Depends on Where You’re Standing.

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