Obama’s Last Year Wasn’t as Bad as They Say

His 2013 was lackluster—no doubt—but Obama made some good moves last year, too.

President Barack Obama greets well-wishers outside at Kailua Beach Center on Dec. 31, 2013, in Honolulu.
President Barack Obama greets well-wishers outside at Kailua Beach Center on Dec. 31, 2013, in Honolulu. Kent Nishimura-Pool/Getty Images

On the politics, though, Obama is playing a longer game. As of this week, more than 6 million people have signed up for Medicaid or for coverage on the ACA exchanges—nowhere near the planned enrollment goals, but not the fiasco of two months ago. To the degree that he’s failing, he’s doing it while trying to bring health care to the uninsured. In time, politically, that might wind up being a win.

David Swerdlick is an associate editor at The Root. Follow him on Twitter.

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