Timothy Egan of the New York Times asks aloud why the Republican Party is cheering on the failure of things that hurt regular people—not just their political opponents:
It’s hard to remember a time when a major political party and its media arm were so actively rooting for fellow Americans to lose. When the first attempt by the United States to launch a satellite into orbit, in 1957, ended in disaster, did Democrats start to cheer, and unify to stop a space program in its infancy? Or, when Medicare got off to a confusing start, did Republicans of the mid-1960s wrap their entire political future around a campaign to deny government-run health care to the elderly?
Of course not. But for the entirety of the Obama era, Republicans have consistently been cheerleaders for failure. They rooted for the economic recovery to sputter, for gas prices to spike, the job market to crater, the rescue of the American automobile industry to fall apart.
While Egan notes that the Obama administration has made a lot of mistakes in his rollout of the health care plan, the media attention appears to be misplaced: "But where were the news conferences, the Fox News alerts, the parading of people who couldn’t get their lifesaving cancer treatments under the old system? Where was the media attention when thousands of people were routinely dumped once they got sick? When did Republicans in Congress hold an oversight hearing on the leading cause of personal bankruptcy—medical debt?"
Finally. I’ve been waiting a long time for someone to ask this question
But really, the worst part of this for me has been how journalist from organizations OTHER than Fox have so willing to exploit Americans misunderstanding of everything from what the ACA actually is, to how basic web technology works in order to mKe story. Either that, or they don’t understand these things themselves. I’m not sure which is worse.