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When It’s Already Broken . . .

by Avik Roy

Obamacare was doing badly before the shutdown

‘We’re going to do a challenge,” said Jon Stewart to Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius on his Daily Show in early October. “I’m going to try and download every movie ever made, and you are going to try and sign up for Obamacare, and we’ll see which happens first.”

Imagine an alternative universe, one in which the Republicans had sought a delay of the law instead of insisting that it be defunded right this second. The glitchy rollout of Obamacare’s subsidized insurance exchanges would have been the lead story in every newspaper in America, a confirmation of Republican prescience about the law’s delays and mishaps. Unfortunately, we live in the real world, where Ted Cruz and Co. have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

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