As of Friday, there were just 67 days left until open enrollment in the health insurance marketplaces established under the Affordable Care Act begins. Even with the National Security Agency surveillance ordeal in full swing, there are few things weighing more heavily on the Obama Administration than this clock.
The number of unemployed Americans is uncomfortably high, and the number of zeros in the federal debt is undeniably weighty, but the number of people that sign up for coverage will ensure the success or failure of the reform and the safety of President Barack Obama’s legacy.
To ensure that millions of uninsured Americans — especially young, cheap-to-insure Americans — sign up for coverage, the administration has charged around two dozen political analysts and data-crunching technocrats to educate the population regarding Obamacare, which is the biggest health care overhaul since Medicare. Already, the stakes for the Obama Administration are high, since the reform has become one of the most divisive acts of Obama’s entire presidency.
And now, President Teddy Roosevelt has joined the team.