When he speaks, President Obama is more passionate than ever about the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare.
But his actions send a different message — delay if not retreat.
First, large businesses got a one-year reprieve from providing health insurance to employees. Then, some insurers got a break: a one-year reprieve before consumer costs are capped.
In that presidential foot-dragging, the political right sees proof that health reform is unraveling, with help from its creator. Privately, some liberals agree. Publicly, however, they say don’t worry.
John McDonough, a key architect of both the federal law and Massachusetts health care reform, recently blogged about “when to get nervous about the ACA.” His conclusion: It’s not nail-biting time.