Obamacare: Now You Like it, Now You Don't
delay both the employer and the individual mandate, but its timing may be a bit off. The vote came one day after New York city officials reported that health care premiums under Obamacare will be “at least 50 percent lower on average than those currently available in New York.” Needless to say, ACA supporters across the blogosphere were celebrating the news, while others acknowledge that New York’s success can’t be replicated elsewhere. Conservative writers have already started questioning whether the New York numbers even point to a success in the first place.The mixed response to the news points to the fragility of both opposition to and support for the ACA at this point. The House has plenty of political motivation to run its repeated anti-ACA votes. But from a PR perspective, it seems clumsy to schedule a vote just after reports of drastically falling premium rates. Each side of the debate wins or loses points based on how the ACA tealeaves have fallen that day, so framing and optics are important.The problem is that we don’t have enough information to predict whether the ACA will fail badly enough to turn former supporters against it en masse. The ACA is being implemented in such slow motion that we can’t tell if it’s a train wreck or just a bumpy ride. This makes ACA-related developments hard for journalists to cover, and hard for partisans to marshall as evidence for their position.A degree of critical distance from the news cycle on this issue is very much needed in the ACA debate.