I'm not sure which is more incomprehensible: the ham-handed launch of registration for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or the system's mind-numbing complexity. But the two are related.
In the end, all of the complaints won't change the past. The ACA was passed and Barack Obama was reelected. Even our nation's most sacred document has been updated 27 times. Are we really supposed to believe that the ACA is an all or nothing proposition?
The most important take-away is that your health care is now tied to your taxes and the more you know and understand the better the decisions are that you make.
Instead of the Affordable Care Act becoming President Obama's Waterloo, the Kochs' war against it may turn out to be their Iraq. Who, after all, believes Bush actually intended to strengthen Iran and the Shia?
HealthCare.gov is just the latest in a long history of projects that have underperformed because of long-standing protocols that discourage all but the biggest technology companies from even submitting bids for government projects.
I learned that the opposite of selfish is selfless. I could no longer be selfless; I had to do something to save myself -- to make selfish a priority. I had to start taking care of me. I'm important too, and no one will take care of me if I don't.
The bigger problem is that for the ACA to work financially, healthy people, particularly young childless healthy people, need to sign up for insurance. In any health insurance system, these young healthy people keep the cost down for others.
Why are today's Republicans so upset with an Act they designed and their patrons adore? Because it's the signature achievement of the Obama administration. There's a deep irony to all this.
An organization setting out to improve the way it manages business technology initiative such as Healthcare.gov must realize that changing its governance and the organization requires time and attention.
Today I would like to honor two of my colleagues who did not win Nobel Prizes during their lifetimes, but who will always be health care revolutionaries whose dedication to their respective fields of research and the discoveries that came from their efforts have truly changed the way we all think about health and disease.
As more states look to revamp their Medicaid programs in the coming months, we urge them to balance the rising need to care for low-income people and aging adults with a long-term goal of controlling healthcare and other spending.
We who have been "the only one" know what it's like to know what it's like to engage with from people who did not grow up in a just society and are adapting to women, people of color and LBGT Americans in positions of leadership.
Neoliberals, beware. You need to think less about placating corporate sponsors and reflect more on that old adage: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Recently, I went to the "What Is Working: Health" panel discussion hosted by The Huffington Post. The discussion ranged from the impact of nanotechnology and epigenetics to the mind-body connection.
The Affordable Care Act isn't a perfect law. It's not even a good law. But it's better than what we had before and it's worth fighting for.