I disagree with Zoë Carpenter, writing at The Nation. I don’t think that the greatest hazards facing ObamaCare are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, “conservative Congressional Republicans”, an organized ObamaCare resistance, or determined local opposition to ObamaCare. She’s confusing the the lightning bug with the lightning.
I think the greatest hazards to ObamaCare are its supporters—over-promising and under-delivering. That’s why the roll-out on October 1 is so important for the future of the program. Nightmare stories are certain to be rebroadcast and amplified by those who oppose the program or the president or both. The public is already skeptical about the program. A clumsy or just plain bad roll-out of the program could galvanize that skepticism into outright public opposition. No social program can survive real public opposition.