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SOTU: Did He Just Brag About Obamacare?

By on 1.28.14 | 10:29PM

I’ll give his soaring harangue this—it’s certainly not lacking in gumption:

Already, because of the Affordable Care Act, more than 3 million Americans under age 26 have gained coverage under their parents’ plans.

More than 9 million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage.

The president then mentioned the ban on preexisting conditions and taunted Republicans for good measure, triggering gales of applause from the Democrats and rare grins from Kathleen Sebelius. Of course Obamacare’s measurement of success was never supposed to be Medicaid signups. It doesn’t have enough young or healthy people in the exchanges. Premiums have skyrocketed. Costs are far greater than expected. The website was a disaster and tens of millions are being shelled out for a new contract in the hopes that the subsidy backend can be built before the health insurance market is damaged. And Obama just bragged about the Affordable Care Act? It’s a brave move and, given the law’s abysmal poll numbers, hopefully one that will backfire politically.

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