The broken window fallacy as applied to Obamacare

Tucked within John Hayward’s interesting Human Events article about a government shakedown for money used to promote the Affordable Care Act is this little nugget:

Crucially, the media’s aggressive shredding of inconvenient history kept it from putting ObamaCare’s enrollment “achievement” in any sort of larger context whatsoever. The vast majority of those “enrollments” were people whose previously satisfactory health care plans were destroyed by ObamaCare; as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) put it, government agents busted their car windows, then other government agents came along to sell them new windows, while the President touted the success of the Department of Window Repair. Also, the “success” of this operation relied heavily upon the little detail that failure to buy the product was against the law. We sold 7 million units of a product people are legally required to purchase! Yay!

Anyone who has read Henry Hazlitt’s Economics In One Lesson or its source material — the writing of Frederic Bastiat — will recognize Cruz’s description of the broken window fallacy.

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