Rich Galen

Another problem with not being able to sign people up for health insurance is that the private sector is moving along with its part of the deal with private sector efficiency.

In California, for instance 35,364 people have signed up using the state's system. That's the good news. The bad news is that over one million Californians have been sent cancellation notices by their insurance company.

Those would be notices cancelling the policies that President Obama promised Americans they could keep if they liked their plans.

How is all this playing in America? According to no national poll that has been in the field this month has President Obama's job approval above 44 percent, nor disapproval below 52 percent. Two polls - Pew and Quinnipiac - have him at 39 percent.

A chart published by Chris Cizzilla in his Washington Post blog "The Fix" dramatically demonstrates the state Obama is in.

I know what you're saying: "Moron. Obama's not going to run for anything again so who cares?"

Every Democrat running for election or re-election in 2014, would be the answer to that.

The mid-term election of 2010 was fought in the Arena of the health care issue. Two years later, Mitt Romney allowed the President's team to move the fight from that to Romney's business practices.

But in 2014 there is little doubt that what we now call Obamacare will be on the minds of voters and reporters. Reporters love stories about people who are being treated unfairly. A family of four making more than the upper limit for a subsidy will, in many, many cases, be paying more in premiums and will have a higher co-pay than they had before.

If I were advising Republicans running for office next year - any office - I would want as many people as possible to sign up for Obamacare and then look for young families who are paying a lot more for their insurance and make my Democratic opponent answer for it.

If Republicans expand their majority in the U.S. House and take over control (or come close) of the U.S. Senate, the definition of the term "Pyrrhic Victory" will include these words: "See, also, Obamacare."

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at