There's no sugarcoating it. Open enrollment has had one bumpy start. But cooler heads must prevail. Now is the time to focus, make the technical fixes to Healthcare.gov and make the enrollment process as seamless and easy as possible, instead of gleefully relishing every problem in the law.
Deferral can't be the all-purpose formula for fixing reform. It's better than doing nothing because it should result in a small number of companies continuing to offer policies, but more is needed.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) appeared on CNN and complained that she's going to lose her insurance because of Obamacare. Bachmann is clearly very frightened about the prospect, but it's mainly because she's totally confused about how exactly to sign up.
Is it okay to highlight website problems? Yes. Is it okay to push the president to get these tech issues resolved quickly? Absolutely. But when did having website problems become the same thing as not sending enough help to those dying and suffering in the midst of a devastating hurricane?
At this pivotal moment, progressives should not leave the messaging battle about the ACA to right wingers and Obama loyalists. While critiquing the law for its entanglement with the profit-voracious insurance industry, we should fight for quality healthcare for everyone
If you relied on the Washington media for your news and information about health care, you'd think that insurance companies would never have considered sending policy discontinuation notices to their policyholders until forced to do so by Obamacare.
The current health care debacle in Washington is rife with lessons of all kinds for leaders. Not least among them are arguably the two most common mistakes made by leaders.
Too much contracting may mean that the organization loses the capacity to manage contractors. When that happens, no one inside the government knows what the contractor does. If you don't know how to build a web site, how do you manage a contract that pays a company to build a site?
"I was paying $14 a month for a very nice looking wallet cards that made it look like I had insurance," said Doris Duperette of Springfield, Alabama. "It had my name on it, all kinds of tiny printed words and numbers. And it fit right in my purse! What more did I need?"
I cannot be certain if my brother would have lived a longer and healthier life under Obamacare, but I know that many others will.
The ancient Greeks liked to say that character is fate.The colossal mess that Obamacare has become reflects both the character of the legislation and that of the president who sponsored it. The Affordable Care Act, as a government mandate for people to purchase private insurance with an array of possible subsidies, had too many moving parts. It was an accident waiting to happen. As many of us wrote at the time, Medicare for All would be simpler to execute, easier to understand, and harder for Republicans to oppose. But this was not to be. Instead we got a program that was poorly understood by the public because it was almost impossible to explain and even harder to execute.
Having elections every two years for House members means that the only real work that the Representatives do following being elected is start working for their immediately looming re-election.
The ACA is really a "Health Insurance Reform Act" -- its greatest impact is to increase the number of insured individuals, to guarantee essential benefits, and to regulate health insurance companies.
This week, people continued to ask: is this the health insurance change we've been waiting for? Having had nearly four years to prepare, the Obama administration continued to deal with the embarrassing, high-glitch, low-enrollment rollout of Obamacare. On Thursday, the president announced a feeble fix, allowing people to keep existing plans for a year, and admitted, about his "you can keep it" promise: "that's on me... we fumbled the rollout." Trying to pounce on the fumble was the GOP-led House, which on Friday passed its own "fix" -- one that would essentially kneecap the law. Of course, it is the shockingly inept rollout that makes the Affordable Care Act vulnerable to such bogus "reforms." The mystery is why Obamacare wasn't entrusted to the same tech wizards responsible for the state-of-the-art Obamacampaign. Odds are you won't hear the president rallying the nation around "the fierce urgency of a fully functioning website by the end of the month," but that's the make-or-break moment the White House is now facing. Hope, indeed.
The effects of the shutdown still remain. For example, let's say all of the judges are back on their jobs, they will still be backed up from the other work.
HOR, GOD OF THUNDER: Who be these Tea Baggers? I will smite them with my mystic uru hammer, Mjolnir, and send them to Hel.