Last week was a make or break week for Obamacare, with the enrollment deadline looming and a major goal hanging in the balance. Obamacare made good on the goal of 7 million sign-ups, and broke right-wingers tenuous grip with reality.
There should be a new rule for political debate, along the lines of Godwin’s Law and its corollaries. It should go something like this: The arrival of “truthers” effectively ends the debate, and the side that resorts to “trutherism” first loses.
Like a puss-filled boil, “truthers” exploded onto the scene in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. United by their rejection of the official version of the attacks, and the belief that 9/11 was an “inside job” covered up by the U.S. government, they were the cultural heirs of previous conspiracy theorists, who believed that the moon landings were filmed on a Hollywood backlot, and that water fluoridation was part of the New World Order’s plan for world domination.
The 9/11 truthers’ movement produced books and movies. The offshoots that grew from its spores include the “citizenship truthers” or “birthers,” and more conspiracy theories concerning Barack Obama than any other human being ever — with the possible exception of Elvis.
Now, finally, the “Obamacare truthers” have arrived. The passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding ACA, and Obama’s 2012 re-election, were bad enough. The news that over seven million Americans had signed up for Obamacare as of last week proved too much for right-wingers. They snapped.