While the next few months could be rocky, there are still reasons to be optimistic about the ACA. To understand why, it helps to know a few details about the law.
As a signature policy issue, President Barack Obama’s national health-care program is right up there with Bush’s Iraq.
Unless the exchanges make clear which plans cover elective abortion and which don’t, the ACA’s requirement that insurers segregate abortion funds makes little sense.
President Obama is furiously fending off those “winter of discontent” stories, and it’s not even winter yet.
Republicans took a step back from the tea party. An ebullient progressive was elected mayor of New York. And a Democrat was elected governor of Virginia.
States that created their own healthcare exchanges and expanded Medicaid coverage are providing insurance to tens of thousands of customers.
Our nation escaped the worst. But there were consequences to the decision of a craven House Republican leadership that knew it was picking a fight it could not win.
The vast majority of Americans are outraged that some in Congress are endangering the economic security of the nation in pursuit of a narrow ideological agenda.
Obama and Democrats are done with being intimidated by the use of extra-constitutional means to extort concessions the right cannot win through normal legislation.
There's no reason to expect rollout of the ACA to go smoothly, but the overall prognosis is bright and the first exchange insurance prices are lower than expected.
The Republican right still does not accept the legitimacy of Barack Obama's presidency. This is why much of the government shut down.