Rich Galen

Now that Obombacare has gone from a red hot news item to a grinding series of failure stories, the cable networks have turned their attention to what it all means for 2016.

I've been on MSNBC the last two Saturdays and CNN the last two Sundays. Yesterday I was on at 3:20 pm. The Redskins game was still in the third quarter. How many people in Our Nation's Capital do you think were interested in a four-and-a-half minute chat-fest between me and Hilary Rosen?



But, weekend daytime cable is a good place to try out new material. It's like doing a comedy club gig in Brooklyn, Connecticut before using that material at a club in Brooklyn, New York.

Note to self. Drop the Brooklyn, Connecticut vs Brooklyn, New York joke from the act.

Every studio host - or every intern who writes copy for the studio host to read from the teleprompter thinks this is a great insight:

"If Hillary Clinton wants the Democratic nomination for the 2016 election, then it will be hers for the asking."

To which, I've taken to responding:

"Everyone said exactly the same thing in 2007 and guess what? A funny thing happened on the way to the West Front of the Capitol."

Occasionally someone will say that we didn't know about the political power that Sen. Barack Obama possessed.

To which, I've taken to responding:

"What's to say that a new, equally unknown Barack Obama isn't hiding in the political weeds in the U.S. Senate or in a State House somewhere waiting to spring him- or herself on an unsuspecting frontrunner?"

That generally ends the Hillary-is-a-Shoo-in segment of the program.

Every off-year or special election, every floor speech, every Sunday Morning interview is being viewed through the lens of what it means for the mid-term elections next November or for the field in 2016.

The short answer is … it depends.

Will the Obombacare roll-out disaster will be fixed at some point. Throw enough money and enough bodies at a technical problem and it will be improved if not solved. By the time of the mid-terms next year, will be up and running.

That doesn't deal with the greater issue: Young and middle class Americans - either or both - are going to have to pay more for health insurance they neither want nor need.

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