November 18, 2013
Liz Carlson, a self-employed student, attends a health care enrolment fair co-sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and the State Employees Association at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, New Hampshire November 9, 2013. Carlson was unable to create a user account on the Affordable Care Act website, HealthCare.gov, and left with a paper application. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH)
The HealthCare.gov website.(Brian Snyder/Reuters)

1. The best thing you’re going to read about canceled health-insurance plans and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) today is (no surprise) from Jonathan Cohn: “Six Things the Media Doesn’t Understand About Obamacare.” Essential.

2. Problems with HealthCare.gov are very real. Most of the rest of what you’re hearing? Either totally fictional or mostly fictional. So stories such as this one — how one Californian signed up and found out that even many young healthies do just fine in the exchanges – are worth making a fuss over.

3. Meanwhile, Ezra Klein remembers the hype about Medicare Part D during its botched rollout, and how the press and many pundits overplayed that one.

4. And Jonathan Chait is very good on the media frenzy of the last two weeks surrounding the ACA.

5. Don’t miss Paul Waldman, too, who takes on the fantasy that Democrats are going to bail (or are already bailing) on Obamacare.

6. Is there hope in sight? Kevin Drum thinks the frenzy is almost over. Could be! Again, it’s not that the press shouldn’t be covering the rollout or shouldn’t be tough on the administration and the president when they get things wrong. They should. But that’s not what’s going on.

7. An important reminder: part of the reason that the rollout has been so rocky — not the entire reason, but an important factor — has been successful Republican resistance to implementing a settled law. Jamelle Bouie is on it.

8. Excellent HuffPollster roundup of some of the discussions surrounding public opinion and Obamacare; as you might expect, I’m with the political scientists on both the questions considered.

9. Meet the next Obamacare kerfuffle: the cost of the risk corridor program. Philip Klein gives what I believe is a fair description of it (it’s a program that insures the insurers themselves if the marketplaces cause them excessive losses during implementation) — and a preview of Republican attacks.

10. A new documentary looks at tea party activists. Alex Seitz-Wald reports.

11. Public schools pay for misinformation on sex. Dana Liebelson has a great story on abstinence lecturers.

12. And Dan Drezner on what Israel is up to. Apparently the technical political science term is “wigging out.”