A lot of liberals will be angry over this post. A lot of conservatives will be happy about it. But it’s important to see the Affordable Care Act as something more than a pawn in the political wars: It’s a real law that real people are desperately, nervously, urgently trying to access. And so far, the Obama administration has failed them.
The Obama administration’s top job isn’t beating the Republicans. It’s running the government well. On this — the most important initiative they’ve launched — they’ve run the government badly. They deserve all the criticism they’re getting and more.
Read the whole thing for why he proclaims the PPACA “a failure” to date.
As Mr. Klein does, I think it’s too early to decide whether the rollout has been successful or not. We’ll have mileposts on November 1, January 1, and April 1. If by April 1 fewer than 7 million people have enrolled (the CBO’s estimate), I think it will be fair to label it a failure.
One thing I’d suggest that those who feel it’s been a resounding success should reflect on. If the Administration believed it was a success, don’t you think they’d shouting it from the rooftops?