Thursday, November 21, 2013
A disaster, perhaps?
I don't write much about politics here anymore. I still have an interest but it does not ignite the fire in my belly that it once did.
This has happened over a period of time and, frankly, I like myself a lot better now. All of that is a topic, perhaps, for another day.
I can't resist the urge, however, to say something about the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. You can go back through my posts (not that you would want to) and see that I never once bashed the ACA. And in fact, once the legislation passed, I wanted it to work. I really did.
For years I have had mixed feelings about this nation's handling of health care, battling with my conscience over the people in this country who don't have access to adequate care, while having a gnawing feeling in my gut that the federal government is not equipped to handle such a gargantuan task as insuring millions of people.
That gnawing feeling is largely supported by the news over the last several months. It looks like our government was and is woefully unprepared.
I'm not ready to say the whole thing is a disaster, but it is disturbing beyond comprehension that the website through which a large portion of the citizenry was supposed to have obtained health insurance is so overrun with glitches that it's become a joke.
And not a very funny one, I might add.
Yes, the ACA has withstood a Supreme Court challenge. I get that. But what are we supposed to do now? Just wait, wait and wait some more? How long?
And what about the president's promise, made so emphatically, that if you liked your health insurance plan, you could stay with it? I don't doubt that he meant it, but it's looking like it's simply not true. I saw one of those news shows last night with a panel of commentators, one of whom stated that it's just a small percentage of folks who are having their health insurance policies canceled.
It might be a small percentage, but it still numbers in the millions. I think that is unacceptable when those people WERE TOLD IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN!
So what happens now? Your guess is as good as mine.
I'm not ready to call it a disaster just yet, but it might not be long. Here's hoping something gets cleaned up fast.