Prairie Weather: Signs that Obamacare is working:
Kevin Drum has the cheerful news that small business is adding health insurance "for the first time in a decade, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. Nothing spectacular, just steady growth.
Of those who currently offer insurance, 7 percent plan to drop it. Of those who don't currently offer insurance, 13 percent plan to add it. That's good news, and the report notes that "If small employers follow those plans, the net proportion of them offering would rise, breaking a decade-old trend." ...Drum,MoJo
That news--confirmation that the "debacle" is Fox lingo for "chugging along nicely, thank you"--seems to add color to the numbers. Sarah Kliff writes at WaPo:
Despite a very rocky first month for the health insurance exchanges, public opinion on the health-care law did what it has done for the past three years: stayed exactly the same. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation's latest tracking survey, "the October poll finds that the public’s overall views of the ACA have held relatively steady since last month, with 44 percent saying they have an unfavorable view of the law, 38 percent a favorable view, and 18 percent saying they don’t know enough to say."...
Obamacare gets the least attention in a list of four recent media blitzes. The media -- all of 'em -- got that all wrong.