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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

With 25% of Enrollment Period Passed, Obamacare Hits 2% of Enrollment Goal -- By Jim Geraghty, National Review

Romney Wins! … A Year Later.

Unbelievable. A new poll from ABC News this morning: “Registered voters divide numerically in Mitt Romney’s favor, 49-45 percent, if they had a mulligan for the 2012 presidential election. While the difference between the two is within the poll’s error margin, Obama’s support is 6 points below his actual showing a year ago.”

Now they tell us.

Dear America: this is what we warning about, but you wouldn’t listen.

The New Rallying Cry: Obamacare Is ‘Kind-Of Working’ Already

There are a bunch of liberal commentators who are looking at the Obamacare mess worsening all around them and who simply can’t deal with it.  (Sort of like that president they admire so much, who doesn’t want to hear bad news.) In the coming weeks and months… and perhaps years… you’ll be seeing a lot of “it’s not as bad as it looks, I swear!” commentary.

Yesterday I dissected Jamielle Bouie’s laughable claim that Obamacare would be in much better shape if not for Republican obstructionism. Now over at New York magazine, Jonathan Chait offers the “you’re all overreacting” spin. In fact, we’re hyperventilating!

He declares, “More likely, things will round back into normalcy.” (What is “normalcy” in the post-Obamacare era?)

He begins, “One of the most important changes in the law is a huge collection of bureaucratic nudges designed to incentivize the health-care system toward delivering higher value rather than churning out higher cost. That experiment, while still extremely early, is going far better at this stage than even the most optimistic advocates hoped.”

So think about all that higher value the next time you’re reading about an expensive website that doesn’t work; unexpected cancelation notices after presidential assurances; sticker shock from high premiums, deductibles, and co-pays under the new plans; a more limited selection of doctors and hospitals under the new plans; confusing, rapidly changing rules for “grandfathering” the old plans; the possibility of the “death spiral” for insurance companies; and of course, identity thieves and cyber-security worries.

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