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It’s too early to rule out Obamacare as a failure. Here, President Obama hugs a volunteer before speaking to an audience of people who helped others enroll through the HealthCare.gov site at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas on Nov. 6.
W ASHINGTON — Obamacare was seemingly suffering an apparent death by a thousand futile clicks of a mouse.
But don’t count it — or President Obama for that matter — out just yet.
Saturday brought the melodrama of Obama’s sort-of deadline to fix the HealthCare.gov website. By most accounts, the troubled site has shown progress toward meeting its goals, but problems persist.
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Richard Parker, a policy, politics and media expert at Harvard University, says ‘the press needs to take a 60-day chill pill.’
But “the press needs to take a 60-day chill pill,” said Richard Parker, a policy, politics and media expert at Harvard University.
Obama’s approval ratings are tanking and everyone will recall the early stumbles and misrepresentations, said Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia politics expert. Critics will be relentless but, “It isn’t a fatal error.”
“There are more than three years left in the Obama presidency — plenty of time for other unforeseen events to take precedence,” said Sabato.
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By most accounts, the troubled Obamacare site has shown progress toward meeting its goals, but problems persist.
“And maybe Obamacare will work better than the current obituaries suggest.”
In the long run, there’s too much money at stake. Nobody knows it better than insurers.
So watch them — rather than the finger wagging of Washington pundits or Obama’s current approval ratings. Watch them move to extend the March 31 enrollment deadline since they need enrollees (especially young, healthy ones) to make their products work.
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Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia politics expert, notes that Obama has more than three years left, ‘plenty of time for other unforeseen events to take precedence.’
They also must bid to offer Obamacare plans for 2015.
If they start pulling out, or jacking up premiums to the sky, then Obamacare will be in peril. So far, there’s no hint of that.
Until then, consider what’s the greater failing: Obama’s initial, fixable missteps in expanding health care to cover nearly all Americans or President George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” declaration on the Iraq War?
“I know which side historians will choose 50 years from now,” said Parker.