* Lucia Graves has a useful roundup of stories from people who had their coverage canceled due to Obamacare, but ended up with — get this — something better! Only time will give us a real sense of the law’s true impact, but we very well may be hearing more of these stories going forward.
* Meanwhile, here’s one local press story about a GOP Congressman from Indiana who is confronted by a local meat market owner about the consequences of repeal, and here’s another local story about a Georgia business owner telling his GOP Congressman that Obamacare is putting affordable care within reach.
Republicans have definitely enjoyed a big advantage in the war of anecdotes, but the question is whether that is changing.
* Meanwhile, the Connecticut state exchange is currently enrolling around 1,400 people per day and is on track to have up to 60,000 people signed up by the end of the year, another sign that the law can work if local officials want it to.
* And Dana Milbank has an interesting column arguing that Obamacare is very much like the auto bailout, in that there is no pattern of facts that could ever alter its foes’ conclusion that it was a failure.
* Paul Krugman, on Milbank’s column:
When you see him asking how conservatives will react to Obamacare’s success, it’s a strong signal that the press is catching up to the reality that December is not October, and that the news — while there are still many troubles — is increasingly positive.
* But never mind any of that. “You need to watch more Fox, I’m afraid.”
* Oy. Now Paul Ryan is tying the GOP push for approval of Keystone XL to the next debt ceiling hike, claiming it will not be clean. It’s unclear why anyone should take the threat of another debt ceiling standoff seriously, given the last one’s outcome. And whatever happened to the GOP determination not to take the focus off of Obamacare’s epic collapse?
* Two House Republicans and one Democrat announce retirements today, and it looks as if this is probably a wash: The Democrats’ seat is an easy pick up for Republicans, while the GOP seats are probably gettable for Dems.
* Great Francis Wilkinson post on why Obama should be more responsive to pressure from immigration advocates on deportations than he should be to pressure from Republicans who will criticize him no matter what he does. The President will have to deal with this eventually.
* And indeed: Bloomberg News reports that the administration is quietly cutting back on the numbers of deportations, the first such reduction in at least a decade.
* Sahil Kapur has some good reporting on how Senator Patty Murray managed to keep Dems so united behind the budget deal, partly by whittling down the sacrifices by federal workers that Paul Ryan was demanding.
* And Jonathan Capehart on a new poll finding that Congress has sunk to roughly the same level of public esteem as car sales-people. No, really — that’s what the poll actually found. Will the car sales-people ever recover?