For years, Democrats have argued that we need to reform healthcare in America for the following reasons:
- People with pre-existing conditions should not be denied insurance or medical care.
- People should not be dropped by their insurers if they become seriously ill.
- Millions of uninsured are clogging our emergency rooms or are going without needed care. We need all Americans to be insured.
- With the highest cost of healthcare in the world, reform is needed to bend the cost curve.
- If you like your insurance, you can keep it.
- If you like your doctor, you can keep him/her.
- The average family will see a $2500 drop in their insurance premiums.
- No one should go bankrupt because they get sick.
Meeting those goals is the true measure of success. Not some vague number of people who are forced to signup because the law cancelled their insurance or because they are under the threat of having to pay a penalty. At this juncture, ObamaCare isn't even meeting one quarter of all of those promises. That, to any rational person, isn't success, or a reason not to debate its repeal. Finally, can it be viewed as a success when the President finds it necessary to delay so much of its implementation until after the mid-term elections?
Reference: Obama argues healthcare law is working, rejects Republican criticism: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/17/us-usa-healthcare-obama-idUSBREA3G24820140417