How to improve a dreary debate
Last year's debate was dreary. This year's doesn't have to be.
People losing their insurance is a bigger story, unfortunately, than people getting insurance for the first time.
President Obama on Friday acknowledged that some people are losing their current health plans because those plans don't live up to the Obamacare's standards for benefits and pricing. The acknowledgement is true and overdue, given the president's frequent promise that "you can keep your plan" if you like it. But how many people?
Republicans are outraged that some Americans must give up their current insurance plans because they don't satisfy Obamacare's new regulations for benefits and pricing. Partly they are mad at President Obama, because he repeatedly said people who like their coverage would get to keep it. And that’s fine. As I said yesterday, Obama should have said "most" people, not "all" people.
But the underlying issue is a real one
Obama's statement was somewhere between an oversimplication and a falsehood. But the hysterical stories missed it.