Does that mean that Obamacare will basically be beyond repeal, as its supporters hope? It certainly makes things harder. But we still don’t know how many of these people are newly insured, or how many of the previously insured like these policies better than their old policies — nor how much pressure it is going to end up putting on the budget.
Based on some figures I’ve seen, only about 1.5 million of the enrollees are newly insured, leaving about 46.5 million Americans still uninsured. That’s barely a drop in the bucket, in a situation where polls indicate that fifty or sixty million Americans at minimum despise Obamacare for one reason or another. If McArdle thinks that the 1.5 million new insurees are going to save Obamacare, I suspect she will find out that she is mistaken.