Rich Galen

A Mullster wrote to ask me whether I was ready to admit I was wrong about Obamacare; that my chastising the House GOP for shutting the government down while demanding that the ACA be repealed, defunded, or delayed was in error.

I was not wrong.Everything that has happened with regard to the health care law actually makes my case.

My point was, and continues to be, if Texas Senator Ted Cruz and the House Cruzettes had chosen a different path, they could have escaped the ire of the American people by letting Obamacare take the spotlight and fall right on its legislative butt.

Nothing about Obamacare is good news for the President or Democrats in Congress.You know the litany:

-- The web site doesn’t work (it was shut down for 12 hours over the weekend)

-- Millions of Americans – middle class Americans – will be paying far more in premiums with far higher co-pays than they have before.

-- The President lied about our being able to keep our health care plan if we liked it.

There are two problems with all that:First, this thing is never going to work.They’ll get the website fixed …


Apple began selling its new iPad Air tablet at 12:01 AM Pacific Daylight Time in its on-line store.That was 3:01 AM Eastern.

You had to make a number of choices: Color; amount of memory; Wi-Fi-only, or Wi-Fi and LTE; and, if so, which Telecom service you want.

I had practiced all afternoon so I could click quickly in case the system crashed under the weight of a bunch of Californians trying to be the first in the digital line.

I set my alarm for 2:50 AM.I logged into the Apple site at about 2:58.The site still said it was under construction, but I just kept hitting the “refresh” key.

At 3:01 AM … nothing happened.

At 3:02 the site went live.By 3:06 I had spent nearly $1,000 – and that included about one minute going back and forth over whether I wanted it engraved.In the end, I didn’t.


I’m pretty certain that Apple sold more iPads before dawn last Friday than the whole federal government has gotten people signed up for Obamacare over the past month.

·In fact, it was reported, by CBS News over the weekend that on the first day of Obamacare six people were able to get signed up.


At six people per day, the Obama Administration will meet its target of seven million people by the year 5209.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at