I can't help but think that if Jane Austen were writing today, this New York Timesstory might have inspired her to begin Pride and Prejudice by writing that "it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of good health insurance must be in want of a wife." The idea that health insurance has become both so valuable and so difficult to obtain at a reasonable price that you would marry someone you might not marry otherwise to obtain it, or divorce a spouse you want to remain married to in order to qualify for insurance for the low-income, is terrible.
There are a lot of different ways to measure success or failure in the Bush administration. Brookings' Saban Center has its Iraq Index. You can track jobs lost, the National Debt, whatever economic factor you want.