For John, BLUF: This is mostly just theater. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Blogger Ann Althouse is now using the expression IYLYPYCKYP. That pretty well sums it up. She quotes Mr Evan McMorris-Santoro, at BuzzFeed as saying the change "doesn’t change anything other than force insurers to be the political flack jackets♠ for the administration."
Today's headline in The Boston Globe (print edition) is
Obama yields on below-par insuranceBelow-par insurance? Yes, that is the point. Like Mayor Bloomberg in New York City, the Administration (and Senator Reid and Minority Leader Pelosi) think you are too dumb to properly pick your own health insurance. At least that is what the Headline Writers of The Globe are saying, and by extension, the Editorial Staff of the paper. And, the key is in the subparagraph of the Globe article:
Lets policies continue for a year, accepts blame for consumer uproarNot the second part, the first part.
If you like your health plan you can keep it for another year. Now stop having a tempter tantrum while the adults take care of things.
This is mostly theater and we have not seen the final act.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Yes, in a separate post she castigates BuzzFeed for misspelling "flak".