This is not for lack of effort. Reporters here at The Washington Post and at other publications have been on the hunt for this mythical creature […]The federal marketplace is a bit of a black box right now. There’s been heavy traffic, with over 4.7 million visitors since the exchanges opened for enrollment on Tuesday. The White House says some applicants have signed up, but didn’t say how many. Rumors in the insurance industry hover in the single digits; several health plans say they are unaware of anyone signing up for their plan. BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina says it has enrolled one person.
Even Matt Yglesias, that erstwhile supporter of the ACA, who once wrote a post entitled “Obamacare Rollout Is Going to Be Like a Train Getting You to Your Destination in a Timely Manner,” is now saying that the launch was “an embarrassing failure.” On the other hand, Ygelsias also points out the irony in all this: if the GOP hadn’t pursued the shutdown, chances are the botched rollout will be front and center in every paper, and Obamacare would become even less popular. The GOP may have shot itself in the foot with its political strategy.Still, the GOP shouldn’t beat themselves up too much over this. Ultimately Obamacare will be judged on how it preforms a year or two out, not on its early errors. Even without the shutdown, that would still be the case.