Obamacare has almost disappeared from the above the fold major daily newspaper headlines and updates are now mainly covered by Fox News, National Review, and the Wall Street Journal editorial pages. The various political campaigns have essentially dropped the issue. The Republicans are basically tongue tied on it, with nothing meaningful to say. Not that it is becoming more popular, to the contrary, but after 40 or so executive amendments and waivers for favored groups and a multi-billion dollar fix of the web site, it is steadily becoming more entrenched. The court case of Halbig v. Burwell, challenging the health care premium subsidies that are not authorized by exchanges not established by the states, works its way to the Supreme Court, which is not likely until 2016.
The Congressional Budget Office projects that by late 2016 36 million people will be covered by Obamacare insurance, 12 million under Medicaid expansion and 24 million on the new exchanges. Which Republican presidential candidate will recommend taking away the insurance of 36 million people?
My prediction: On January 20, 2017, the Obamacare plan will have achieved nothing it was designed to accomplish in terms of health care reform, availability, or cost, but whoever is inaugurated President on that day will be politically bound to defend a new entitlement program.