Obamacare rollout: A pretty enormous mess

  • Article by: FROM AN EDITORIAL IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: , Chicago Tribune
  • Updated: October 18, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Myriad problems make a delay in the individual mandate a simple matter of fairness.

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kilofoxOct. 18, 13 2:40 PM

Let me see. Obama told everyone that their premiums would go down and if you liked your plan you could keep it and if you liked your doctor you could keep him. Just a few of the many lies this President has spewed out over his 5 years.

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FrankLOct. 18, 13 2:51 PM

The problem is that they larded on too many mandates for things that are nice to have, but not critical. People want to be able to go to the doctor when sick and not bust their budget. Similarly, when they have a major problem, they need insurance so they don't go bankrupt. That's what the plans should be concentrating on, and make everything else optional.

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redeye12Oct. 18, 13 2:55 PM

Not to say we told you so, but we did. Gov't couldn't run a little thing like the clunkers project. Who thought the could tackle a task of this size? This is just further proof of the arrogance of politicians who think they are smarter than the market. They didn't even get competitive bids or multiple design options to select the best solution. When adult supervision was needed, these guys put children in charge.

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supervon2Oct. 18, 13 3:08 PM

The Liberals will claim that everything is just fine and the news media will be there to defend them for the entire stretch.

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ddellwoOct. 18, 13 3:36 PM

While the rollout of Obamacare has been dubious at best, the real "clinker" with this nightmare of a program will come later down the road. The vast majority of the folks this bureaucracy is designed to "help" are folks of somewhat modest means who will be hard-pressed to afford basic coverage -- even with government subsidies through the tax code. However, when these same folks start having to cough-up the money for deductibles and co-pays, they are going to find they don't have the cash on hand and will do what they always do -- turn to the government for more assistance! Then we'll get a mournful cry from the Leftist media that the only reason this program has fallen flat on its face is because we haven't spent enough money! And so the cycle of government waste and dependency will continue.......:(

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ontherecordOct. 18, 13 3:36 PM

Gee, it's been not quite three weeks into a six-month enrollment period (with 90% of the time left to go) and already the far right is calling it a disaster. On that same basis, the Union would have abandoned the Civil War by the end of May, 1861 after they lost the first few battles with the rebels waving the Stars and Bars (very much like at the anti-US rallies of today's Teapublicans). We also would have disbanded NASA in 1960 when Alan Shephard's first flight into space was postponed several times over seven months due to glitches that had to be ironed out. My how this right-wing cut-and-run attitude would have changed American history. But don't fret righties, Obama's patience and perseverance will win out and so will America.

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hrearden57Oct. 18, 13 3:43 PM

I have to pay 40 percent more in health insurance premiums due to 0bamacare.

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hrearden57Oct. 18, 13 3:44 PM

"The Liberals will claim that everything is just fine and the news media will be there to defend them for the entire stretch.' You got that right.

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pumiceOct. 18, 13 3:48 PM

Re: "... this government management of the health care market ..." Wait a minute, Chicago Tribune editors, ... The "enormous mess" that is Healthcare.gov was designed by CGI Federal, a private contractor. The insurers offering policies on the Exchange are private companies. People who are learning that "their existing plans expire on Dec. 31" are being told that by their insurers--private companies. States which accepted their laboratory of democracy role are having a good experience--California's Exchange reportedly (Fox) rolled out glitch-free and Minnesota's Exchange reportedly (again, Fox) is offering the lowest rates in the nation, but the healthcare market in those 17 states is not under government management. The states which turned down Medicaid expansion? Now, that government mismanagement led to sticker shock for millions of Americans who were looking forward to being able to have access to health care.

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ontherecordOct. 18, 13 4:18 PM

hrearden57: "I have to pay 40 percent more in health insurance premiums due to 0bamacare..." I love it when you anti-Obama people just make this stuff up. First, rates are still being raised by insurance company as the ACA is not in effect yet. Second, there has not yet been the additions to the insurance pool that will bring rates down. Third, most reports are that rates are going down. Therefore your 40% assertion completely lacks veracity.

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