Out With The Old Opportunism, In With The New


Republican opportunism over the problems with HealthCare.gov was always going to have its limits as an effective strategy. The problems will eventually be fixed, and more importantly the critique — you should be able to access this terrible program more easily — had a built-in dissonance.

That’s why this week’s attack line about you’re not really able to keep your old individual insurance plan resonates more, even if its disingenuous and is predicated on the ridiculous notion that most people with individual plans actually like their plan.

You could see the shift in GOP strategy pretty clearly during yesterday’s grilling of Kathleen Sebelius on the Hill. The hearing was ostensibly about the HealthCare.gov problems, but the focus was on President Obama’s “you can keep you plan” promise. Dylan Scott was there and filed this report.


David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.