Early stories have tended to dismiss the idea that repeal could succeed. Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute told Fox News, “It’s not even remotely feasible.” A historical reminder here: in 1988, Congress passed a law that would have begun to provide a drug benefit for Medicare beneficiaries. Less than a year and a half later it was repealed when public opinion, especially among the elderly who did not want to pay the taxes to support the benefit, turned against it.

The travels of this modern-day, would-be Paul Revere is a legitimate story we hope the press will follow. Readers need to know who is financing Revere America, and also that there is indeed precedent for repealing health reform legislation that people don’t like. Context is everything!

Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.