Originally Posted by alnorth
Regarding the OP, whatever marginal benefit there may be in forcing the Dems to "own it" (I do not think there was ever any chance at all that the Dems would have sheepishly proposed an individual mandate delay, but who knows), I think is far more than countered by the fact that the debt ceiling fight wiped out the Obamacare launch failure stories in the news cycle.
There will still be some chatter about that as they try to get things fixed, but the GOP could have made a lot of hay over the failed launch. There were quite a lot of stories around October 1st with Republicans basically going "Oh God, this stupid Cruz stunt ruined our ability to scream about the launch"
I think you are dead wrong about a delay. Obamacare's launch has been a complete disaster and I think without the GOP fight on this the Dems would have happily delayed it enough to get it fixed.
It's ludicrous to think that this shutdown has driven Obamacare from the news and it won't be a top story for the rest of the year. The shutdown is about to end and NOW the media can focus on Obamacare and the defenders can't even use the tired "it's a popular launch, give it a few days" excuse anymore.