09/23/2013 02:10 am ET

How To End The Obamacare Debate


Even amid the high-stakes maneuvering over Syria and the federal budget, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has a calendar on his office door that counts down the days until open enrollment for the uninsured begins Oct. 1 under President Obama’s health care law.

It’s a reminder that nothing will shape Obama’s legacy more than whether he can successfully implement, and politically entrench, his massive health reform plan. Obama has three years to fortify the law with enough support to make repeal difficult, even if Republicans win unified control of Washington in 2016.

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