I write this from EBN's offices in Arlington, Va. - a short Metro ride from the heart of the District - and I can tell you that all of the rollercoaster of emotions you probably felt after Oct. 1's kickoff of the public exchanges was only slightly multiplied here, inside the Beltway.

True enough, the primary event we'd been anticipating on Oct. 1 was ever so slightly overshadowed by a total government shutdown and an ongoing battle about retroactively undermining the funding of the ACA. A curious mix of wishful thinking and revisionist history, but that's the name of the game in D.C.

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