Following President Barack Obama‘s announcement that 8 million Americans had signed up in some form for insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s private exchanges, MSNBC host Alex Wagner asked Huffington Post White House correspondent Sam Stein whether the Republicans’ opposition to the ACA was a political liability. Stein confessed that the White House was “moving the ball” on what constitutes success for the health care reform law, but the 8 million figure remains a political problem for the GOP.
“Obviously, if you had said two months ago, would you get to eight million, none of them would have believed it,” Stein began. “And they do seem to be moving the ball in terms of what standards are for success.”
“I will say this: the debate is obviously not over,” he continued. “They’re not going to let it go.” Stein added that the ACA’s employer mandate has still not been implemented and another set of premium rate hikes are due in the fall.
“But the idea that we’ going to repeal it at this juncture is silly,” Stein concluded.
Watch the clip below, via MSNBC:
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