Sometimes someone says or writes something that I just can’t put into my own words better (well quite often), so with that in mind I just have to dash off this quotation ripped right out of an article in the Huffington Post, with attribution following:
“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.”
Those words were written by Robert Kuttner, co-founder and editor of “The American Prospect”.
I have not even read the entire article. I am going to in a minute and then later add to this post. I still have hope for Obamacare at this time but continue to be amazed at its poor implementation and sometimes ask myself: “what were they thinking?” And I am glad to hear that others were thinking: “why not Medicare for all?” (well, I actually have suggested an expansion of Medicare for those who could not get insurance any other way).
And now I will finish that article…
Well, that was quick. I read it and it was interesting. If I interpreted it correctly on first read I think one of his points in the body of the piece was that comparing Obamacare to the success of Social Security and Medicare was not an apt comparison because the former were public public, while the latter is something called private public, in that Obamacare is a partnership and really a subsidy to the private insurance industry.
And in my own words I would say that, yeah, private enterprise can be more efficient at times (and maybe most of the time), but it has to stand on its own two feet and be private.
And I am tired of writing about Obamacare and will move on to something else soon.
Okay, one more thing: if Obamacare falls, it’s death knell will have been the cancellation of private insurance policies despite the claim by Obama that such would not happen. It does not matter if it is only a relative minority that affects or whether in reality they could get better and more cost effective insurance via Obamacare. The argument that Obamacare would destroy private insurance, would be a government takeover, a move toward total socialism, was one of the primary weapons Obamacare opponents have used. They have to be overjoyed that in some instances their projections seemingly are coming true. This could go down as the biggest blunder in politics ever. If the Republicans did not have so many crazies in their party, they could already count on total victory. And they might wise up and clean house yet.
Here is a link to the full Kuttner article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-kuttner/obamacare-republicans_b_4293314.html
And to add insult to injury here and through the magic of the computer I go forward in time from when this post was originally posted to now on 11-19-13. I just read a CNN story that says that President Obama cited an Affordable Care Act success story involving a woman in Washington State. But then, and we go to the story:
But in the days that followed that presidential shout-out, Sanford received letters from Washington state’s insurance exchange, notifying her she did not qualify for a tax credit she was originally told she would be getting.
After looking into Sanford’s matter, officials with the exchange admit they made a mistake calculating her benefits, along with those for thousands of other Washington state residents.
“The Exchange would like to sincerely apologize to Jessica Sanford and all those affected in Washington State by this error,” Washington Health Benefit Exchange CEO Richard Onizuka said in a statement provided to CNN.