I was able to enroll my disabled son two weeks ago. He should qualify for
Medicaid but cannot unless the State of Utah shows more wisdom and compassion
than it has so far. The ACA web site is still not perfect, but it is now
functioning much better than it was.The ACA is a complex law, and it
is not surprising that there have been some difficulties. But in my experience
these difficulties have been sorely exaggerated by Republicans for partisan
political reasons and who to date have never presented any viable alternatives
to assist the 41 million people who have not heretofore been able to obtain
quality health insurance from private health insurers who, absent legislative
imperative, have long placed profits well ahead of the public interest.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as "the most
partisan, non-partisan law ever created" was modeled after Romney-Care in
Mass by lawmakers on both side of the Mass State Assembly. The first month, 123
people registered. The second month, over 2000 people were registered, and the
third month, over 5000 people were registered. While those numbers are dismal in
comparison to national enrollment numbers, the plan, given time, shows distinct
results and progress. Romney-Care was also plagued with web site rollout
problems.The loudest voices on this issue are framing this
discussion in a very negative light, which disheartens me somewhat. Instead of a
can-do attitude and a positive American cultural response to the high costs of
healthcare and the lack of financial sustainability of our previous healthcare
system, we have become a nation of whiners and pity-pot victims who only
complain, while simultaneously they have no solutions to the very real problems
facing American citizens.
It seems such a shame to try and deny the American people health insurance. The
continued attack by lobbyists and others for the republican party and business
owners across the U.S. just shows that America is no longer about people. It is
money first, people second. Just goes to show ya what people the republicans
really "worship". Working in health care myself, I see firsthand how
many uninsured patients are admitted to the hospital on a daily basis. It is the
taxpayers who are paying for the bills of these people, instead of having them
own their own healthcare by way of paying for insurance. It is so easy to pass
the medical bills on to the majority of taxpayers in America as the majority of
people who ARE the taxpayers are the poorer Americans. This whole campaign
against Obama care just sickens this registered nurse. If everyone would give
Obama care a chance it would actually reduce health care costs to the taxpayers
Boeing built 2 747 Air Force One's -- 4 years behind Schedule, and $200
million in cost over runs.Lockheed built 100 F-22 fighters -- 6 years
behind schedule, and $2 Billion in cost over runs.Lockheed is now building
the F-35 fighter -- 8 years behind schedule and already $4 Billion in cost over
runs.And these are the Commercial PROFESSIONALS who have been in
business doing it for almost 100 years.ACA hasn't even started
yet, a website has a few technical difficulties when they flip a switch
and the naysayers declare victory! BTW -- GW Bush started a
war, declared "Mission Accomplished" after 90 days -- but it's now
12 years behind schedule, and spent nearly $4 Trillion in unfunded cost over
runs.Republicans NEVER complain about that...
Credibility has two aspects: the belief that the purveyor of information is
honest; and the belief that he knows what he's talking about.Obama has done irreparable damage to his own credibility. Even if we give him
the benefit of the doubt about lying, we must concede that, at the very least,
he was going around saying things about which he was clueless.
My diabetic granddaughter at age 6 was not insurable until ACA came along.
I'm grateful for Mr. Obama's program.
I think we should have spent $24 Billion for the Software and Implementation of
the ACA, instead of wasting it on nothing for Mike Lee and Ted Cruz and the rest
of the GOP's little temper tantrum of shutting down the Government.
@airnautThe House budget provided funding for all of the government
except Obamacare. Obama's refusal to negotiate on Obamacare triggered the
shutdown. Chalk up another $24 billion to the amount wasted on Obamacare.
That's money we can't get back, but we can repeal the law and avoid
wasting more.It turns out Mike Lee was right. Each passing day and
each deceitful Obama press conference vindicates Lee's position even
“We need a fresh start with health care. Going back to square one is the
only way we’re going to make any progress. We still have an opportunity,
albeit a waning one, to make this right.” But a fresh start at what? We
know that Republicans will do absolutely nothing about preexisting conditions,
termination at maximum benefits, or other problems with out current health care
system, including its outrageously high cost.I wanted a medicare for
all, but for political reasons that did not happen. So the ACA is about as good
as we are likely to get. The ACA probably will start to work fairly well once
the software problems are fixed. We'd best give it time, because we are
not going to get much more reform for a long time to come. This isn't
@Nate 11:33 a.m. Nov. 15, 2013 You forget that the Senate cleaned up
the House bill, passed the amended bill, and sent it back to the House for
action but the House leaders refused to bring it up for a vote (and changed
House rules so that House members couldn't bring it up for a vote) even
though there were sufficient votes in the House to pass the cleaned-up bill.
That -- the action by the House far right leadership -- is what triggered the
shutdown.Lee's temper tantrum, and the $24 billion he and his
cronies cost the country by their unconscionable actions, has not in any way
@marxist "The ACA probably will start to work fairly well once the software
problems are fixed."No, it won't, and here's why: once
the software problems are fixed, many millions of younger and healthier
Americans are going to find out how much Obamacare is costing them, and that the
weight of the program rests on their shoulders. There will be backlash.If you thought townhall meetings were ugly in 2010, wait until Congress has to
face both the tea party AND a bunch of no-longer-naive former Obama voters."This isn't over."No. But it's ending.
Mr Obama could resurrect his credibility, if he were to offer a compromise:
delay implementation of the current ACA, with Congressional approval, if needed;
approve a newly crafted ACA having bi-partisan support enacted as replacement to
the current one, which is now a flawed law.