When it comes to Obamacare’s effects, you ain’t seen nothing yet. A piece in the WSJ lays out the ways in which the ACA’s main impacts are still in the future. Issues ranging from how hospitals manage the influx of new patients to how Americans will react to new prices and regulations are still very much up in the air. If early signs are any indication, some of these developments are likely to shake out badly, and the Democrats know it.The NYT reported a few days ago that Democrats looking forward to the 2014 midterm elections are changing their tune on Obamacare:
Party leaders have decided on an aggressive new strategy to address the widespread unease with the health care law, urging Democratic candidates to talk openly about the law’s problems while also offering their own prescriptions to fix them.The shift represents an abrupt change from 2010, when House Democrats tried to ignore the law entirely and “got their clocks cleaned,” said Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, referring to the more than 60 seats that Republicans picked up to regain control of the House.“Part of what we learned in 2010 is that this is a real issue of concern to voters and you can’t dodge it, you have to take it on, and I think Democrats are much more ready and willing to do that in 2014,” said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster who has done surveys for Democrats on the law.
The video above shows Senator Amy Klobuchar and Reps. Tim Walz and Collin Peterson at a panel in Minnesota answering a question from the audience about Obamacare (h/t Hot Air). This is exactly the kind of question Democrats looking to this new strategy will have to answer.However, while admitting that the ACA has serious flaws is a good place to start, it might not be enough to save the Democratic Party’s bacon come November.