Look down the page and you’ll see smaller headlines like “On debut, Obamacare Web sites see high interest and some glitches.” Look inside the paper and you’ll see more stories about the problems getting Obamacare off the ground.
Now, imagine if there was no government shutdown; if the budget had been resolved on time. Those Obamacare stories would move up the page and get more prominence in papers around the country and on cable news. What a great way to put a knife in Obamacare, letting people see how it is or isn’t working, at least in the implementation stage.
People would be learning more about the Affordable Health Care Act and maybe seeing some of the problems with it, reinforcing challenges with it. Instead, they read about Republican intransigence which reinforces the fact they blame Republicans for the budget stalemate.
It wasn’t my genius analytical skills that thought of this. For that, I need to credit Paul and Jennifer Dyck, colleagues of mine who worked for Republicans before joining the firm I work for.
Sen. Ted Cruz can keep launching his Cruz Missiles at the president, but if he’d back off he might be closer to accomplishing his alleged goal of destroying Obamacare by letting the news coverage do his job for him.