Yes, it’s unfortunate that the ACA has stumbled coming out of the gate but people really need to get a grip. This is a major new program that’s designed to touch millions of lives and it’s on the interweb. That’s a recipe for a slow roll out.
At the risk of sounding like anold fart at play, our culture is addicted to instant gratification and expects instant results. It’s why we have some nasty variations on classic food products such as instant oatmeal and quick grits. People need to drop a chill pill, take a deep breath, and the MSM should stop letting those who want to destroy the ACA drive the narrative. As the President said today it’s MORE THAN JUST A WEB SITE. Me, I’d say it’s MORE THAN JUST A FUCKING WEB SITE.
Let’s talk accountability. a lot of people say if this happened in the real world it could be curtains for the company, the ceo. in this case the ceo would be Health and Human Services cabinet secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Just like it was curtains for all those Wall Street CEO’s when they crashed the world economy? Many of them are still on the job and those who aren’t were given golden parachutes instead of jail sentences. And what do Brian Williams and his dim sidekick Chuck Todd know about the real world in any event? So much for liberal media bias.
Obviously, the healthcare.gov site needs to be fixed, but technical difficulties can be fixed, that is, if you want to fix them. (Damn, I just said fix a lot, which means the fix is in.) The haves in this country are pitching a hissy fit over the fact that the “undeserving poor” may be getting health insurance. The US and A is not the only country with creeps like this.Here’s an extended quote from a piece in the Guardian about the reaction to Australian Labor PM Gough Whitlam’s health insurance initiative back in the 1970’s:
Something about government health care just drives conservatives crazy. Republicans, say critics, havelost their minds because they let their most rightwing members drag them into the government shutdown to destroy Obamacare.
Australians scorn the dysfunction in Washington but 40 years ago we fought the same do-or-die struggle over healthcare. Legislating forMedibankstretched the Australian constitution and was central to Coalition complaints aboutGough Whitlam‘s excessive spending. And as soon as the Fraser government came to power, itrepealed the national insurance program.
Labor and Liberals now treatMedicare as a sacred cow, revered since the dawn of time. In truth, though, it’s less than 30 years old and was significantly amended by the Howard government’s requirement that higher income earners buy private insurance.
Why was Medibank so contentious in the 1970s? The middle class could afford health insurance and paying for it was a mark of prudence and self-sufficiency. People with insurance believed the system worked very well.
The Australian Medical Association and its political allies in the Coalition denounced Medibank as “socialised medicine”. Health spokesmanDon Chipp said the scheme would create “anarchy in Australia”.
Insured patients dreaded the prospect of being herded with poor patients into shabby public hospital wards. The lazy and feckless would crowd waiting rooms and government clinics would destroy private practice. It promised the middle class nothing but higher taxes and lower standards.
Medibank passed at the one and only joint sitting in Australian history and in 1975 the Coalition resorted to blocking supply to reverse it. That’s the tactic Republicans used with the government shutdown.
It’s hard for many of us to comprehend people who will wreak havoc to deny someone medical treatment but, as we all know far too well, those people are out there. I wish they’d spontaneously combust, but they won’t so they must be fought. The good news is that national health insurance is now a beloved sacred cow in Australia, much like Medicare here.
That is all.