Here’s the funny thing about sweeping things under the rug: the rug doesn’t actually, like, eat them or anything. They’re still there. Or, if this Daily Mail article is correct*, they’re not there:
Just 51,000 people completed Obamacare applications during the first week the Healthcare.gov website was online, according to two sources inside the Department of Health and Human Services who gave MailOnline an exclusive look at the earliest enrollment numbers.
The career civil servants, who process data inside the agency, confirmed independently that just 6,200 Americans applied for health insurance through the problem-plagued website on October 1, the day it first opened to the public.
Regardless about how you feel about government shutdown drama (I take a detached view, not to mention full advantage of my avowed self-designation as a partisan hack), all of this stuff is merely delayed, not gone. The people who are aggravated at their rates going up by ten grand a year are still going to be aggravated about that next November, and it won’t really matter whether John Boehner or Ted Cruz or the freaking Easter Bunny acted optimally or not.
PS: Back in 2009-2010 I got told upstairs and downstairs and in my lady’s chambers that the media would keep our victories to a minimum. In fact, I’m always being told that the media/GOP/sunspot activity would doom the Right utterly. It’s background noise for me at this point – and, yeah, that includes the people who were correct at one particular point. Everybody remembers their wins; nobody remembers their losses.