So, 7 million plus people signed up for the Affordable Care Act because …. well … 7 million people had to. It’s the law.
Not really trying to piss on anyone’s parade, as the old saying goes. But one can’t resist injecting a fresh bit of political reality into the discussion. This is not something the White House or vulnerable Democrats can celebrate as a political game changer reversing expected bad fortunes in November.
It’s a nice achievement to carry around on your bucket list of legislative legacies, for sure. And, I guess I’d be patting myself on the back, too, after several long and torturous years of political sword fights over this thing. After all, we’ve literally litigated it over the course of three full federal legislative cycles, go ahead and throw in several state legislature and gubernatorial races to boot. In fact, we’re about to head into the fourth consecutive federal election cycle where, yet again, we’re going to witness pouty-ass partisans pillow fighting over healthcare. To get this thing passed then codified into law and brush off multiple repeal efforts is quite a feat of political fortitude. I’ll give the President that.
But, I’m not so sure the sign-ups rise to the occasion of Rose Garden regalia and Happy song bird-flips at Republicans. Maybe that gets the party base faithful all riled up to know that, in the end, all that hard work and annoying tit-for-tat over “Obamacare” was really worth it. Maybe it’s good to show how much you feel vindicated, that – in the end – it eventually worked.
Still, there’s something sophmoric and, politically, April foolish in throwing more rhetorical vinegar on the situation.