Jonathan Chait at New York on Obamacare hyperventilation. "It is always possible that the most recent Obamacare trend line will continue ad infinitum. More likely, things will round back into normalcy," Chait writes. Obamacare is already working better than you think, Chait argues — "The hated Obamacare central-planning bureaucrats tried to predict the cost of insurance plans under the new exchanges, and they turned out to have erred on the side of pessimism." So, don't worry: "At some point, having state exchanges where people buy private insurance, with rules preventing abusive practices, will simply be part of the backdrop of health insurance." The Washington Post's Ezra Klein notes this line: "The most common fallacy of journalism ... is that whatever is happening at the moment will continue to happen forever." Longtime labor researcher Richard Yeselson tweets, "If I had to bet on one post written about O'care today looking prescient in a year? This one from @jonathanchait."
Greg Sargent at The Washington Post on why Democrats should stick with Obamacare. At base, "majorities disapprove of Obamacare, but disapproval does not translate into majority support for scrapping or eliminating it entirely — particularly among core Dem constituencies," Sargent argues. If Congressional Democrats give up defending the law, that's "telling voters to give up on the Democratic Party." If they stick with it, "the end result could be massively expanded coverage by the time Obama leaves office." Justin Green, the online editor at The Washington Examiner, tweets, "I'll dig in, but that same thing is why GOP won't abandon it. Our core groups still hate it."