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Opinion

JOHN E. SUNUNU

Obamacare fail isn’t the site — it’s the law

Think tanks devote endless hours to analyzing “crisis response” — those moments when politicians collectively stare into the proverbial abyss. There is a spectrum of possible responses to any crisis: On one end is George Costanza from “Seinfeld,” who smells smoke at a birthday party and shoves aside children and grandmothers as he flees the room. On the other is Dan Aykroyd playing Julia Child, who treats a severed artery like a casual teaching moment, enthusiastically dispensing first-aid tips and cooking instructions — “Save the liver!” — until she gracefully passes out.

Obamacare is in crisis, but as the blood flows and the patient becomes ever more lightheaded, the president desperately pretends it’s all intentional. As with Aykroyd’s grisly “Saturday Night Live” sketch, we know it won’t end well, but it’s impossible to look away.

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