Over at the WaPo.
One thing I try to bring out in the piece is that importance of a gov’t program that, after a troubled start, found its footing and is having its intended effect, and without the distortions opponents claim. While they can keep calling it a “job killer,” that’s just not defensible.
I’m increasingly struck by how Congressional conservatives, along with the R candidates, are so intent–and so successful–at not talking about what matters to people beyond what I think is a narrow sliver of their base. So, elevating a policy success in a realm that’s very important to families–health coverage–serves as a lamppost on the way back to Factville.
BTW, playing a little defense here, I’m sure some will respond to the piece: “yeah, millions more now have coverage, but it’s lousy coverage and they don’t like it.”
Wrong. From a Commonwealth Fund survey, a few months ago:
A large majority (86%) of people who are currently insured through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces or newly insured in Medicaid are very or somewhat satisfied with their new health care coverage, according to a Commonwealth Fund report out today. Nearly seven in 10 (68%) adults with new coverage have used it to get health care, and of those more than three in five (62%) previously would not have been able to obtain or afford that care.