Can Obamacare Survive More Bad News?
Posted at 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2013
The stream of bad news plaguing the rollout of HealthCare.gov and the health insurance exchanges has Ezra Klein wondering whether these political problems “create correspondingly huge policy problems for the law.”
“The answer depends on two things. First, does the White House’s evident inability to repair the Web site in a timely fashion (or even, at this point, an untimely fashion) lead congressional Democrats to panic and support bills — like a yearlong delay in the individual mandate — that make it harder for the law to succeed even once its digital infrastructure is fixed?”
“The second question, of course, is how far off-schedule the White House really is. If HealthCare.gov is working smoothly for the majority of users on December 1st but it only works smoothly for the “vast majority” of users on December 15th, that won’t matter much. If the Web site remains more or less unusable into 2014, that’s obviously a much bigger problem for the law.”