John Cassidy at The New Yorker on Obamacare's successes. "In a number of states that have working online health-care exchanges, more and more people are signing up for the insurance coverage that is available under the Affordable Care Act," Cassidy argues. But Republican-controlled legislatures that aren't expanding Medicaid are keeping "many of the potential winners" from getting access. "That’s an indictment of the Republican Party, and it’s also an indictment of the Obama Administration, which was well aware of how much hinged on healthcare.gov working properly," Cassidy notes. Most importantly, "in those parts of the country where Obamacare is up and running, there are some encouraging signs." Political analyst Zerlina Maxwell tweets, "Americans like Obamacare where they can get it."
Jonathan Cohn at The New Republic says Obamacare is not like Medicare Part D. "The most important difference between [former President George W. Bush's] Medicare Part D and Obamacare has nothing to do with information technology —and everything to do with policy trade-offs," Cohn explains. Obamacare is different because eventually, it will pay for itself: "A slight reduction in the deficit during the first ten years, with greater reductions after that." By contrast, "Medicare Part D was all gain, no pain — the program gave millions of senior citizens access to drugs, without asking anybody to pay for it immediately." Former Republican budget official Bruce Bartlett recommends the piece.