Meet the Press   |  April 06, 2014

Obamacare’s 7 Million Milestone

The Meet the Press Political Roundtable breaks down the political importance of the 7.1 million sign-ups for Obamacare and what impact it will have on the 2014 midterms.

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>> it seems their best to say this thing isn't going to work. this is a pretty good sign it's here to stay this week be don't you think.

>> it will need to be modified and tweaked over time . but there's twos aspects i think not getting enough attention. in the long run i think it will be helpful particularly in fueling startups and entrepreneurships. one is the mobility. people can leave big companies to go to small companies. and the second we've seen in the last couple years, hundreds of new startups funded by venture capital lifts in the health sector trying to create better outcomes at lower cost with more convenience. there will be the debate about the acto you aerial tables but there are some positives embedded in in that ultimately will drive more innovation in health care .

>> harold, there's pure politics. do the politics improve or is it still a bad pool for democrats?

>> it's marginally improved. you have to look at the specific senate races. it's unclear if. the priors and hagans of the world will embrace this. i do think case's point is probably the best one in terms of where we're headed out and how knew innovation and technologying will making it easier to capture those uninsured. the president promised three things. he would get everybody insurance, number two, pay for it, and three, make it affordable. the main question is affordability. we're going to cover more people. we're going to find ways to pay for it. will we curtail costs going forward? the jury is still out there. that's the argument the republicans have to show they have an answer to.

>> well, point just announced double digit increases, the biggest provider in california, double digit increases.

>> the government could help defray that. do premiums go up? perhaps they will. perhaps the government pays some of that bill.

>> what harold was talking about wasn't subsidy, it was cost. the overall cost of the system. when premiums are going up double digit, you're not achieving

>> which is why steve's point is so important.

>> i love the idea that entrepreneurs will come in and rescue this whole situation.

>> exactly.

>> we could have solved the mobility problem with one act of legislation without an entire comprehensive program. however, i think the biggest problem, the biggest challenge for the democrats is not whether it's 7.1 million or 30 million, whatever the real numbers are. it is that in the process of this roll out as well as the signups to this point is that since we don't know what those numbers mean and since the rollout has been rather disastrous, the american people at a time when they have such distrust of government in general see quite clearly that the people that passed the bill never did have any idea what they were doing. and that is going to be the biggest obstacle.