Obamacare: Glitch or fiasco?

  • Article by: Michael Gerson , Washington Post
  • Updated: October 24, 2013 - 7:05 AM

Some problems may be fixable, but the complexities may prove superhuman.

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aarghmebuckoOct. 22, 13 8:29 PM

elegant prose from a former English major without a foundation in the other social sciences, like history, let alone computer science. Yah, the program is bungled, but that reflects the problems of developing software in a republic of fifty independent states. Medicare and social security had issues upon start up. Windows was DOS at one point. Apple wasn't always, and still isn't, issue free. Good ideas need reality to work the bugs out. All the whining Is coming from the haters who so desperately want the ACA to fail. And now that the hijack of the republic by the TeaParty mob is over, the Big Eye of Mordor, I mean the Media, is now on the next thing to sensationalize. Reality is that millions of Americans will get now health insurance, a many more millions will be free of the pre-existing condition nightmare that keeps them from being able to get insurance in the 3rd world states. Complain complain tea party, but remember, you are one pink slip away from no insurance and potential homelessness. Compassion for you will be given by those that you seem to have contempt for.

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ciamanOct. 22, 13 8:56 PM

The fact is that most Americans DO NOT want one more bureaucratic nightmare. We all know, for a fact, that anything the government gets their hands on it will raise the price into outer space. And this program had over three years and hundreds of millons of dollars to get it right. Do any of you see anything right about this fiasco? No, and that is the key to all of this. America was never founded to be a socilist country, but there are some far left people that are desperae for it. Cut this thing off for a year and then see if things work. And do not forget that many Dr.s do not want anything to do with it. And just where are the Dr.s going to come from? Just where?

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garry1Oct. 22, 13 9:35 PM

caiman: I'd go along with you but both you and I know that you will take anything you can from the govt. when you need it and show disdain for anything govt. does when you don't need it.

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barefootpaulOct. 22, 13 9:37 PM

When Medicare part D first rolled out it experienced many of the same problems and had even less popularity than Obamacare. The big difference is that there was a bipartisan effort to fix part D even though it had almost no Democratic support in passage. Compare that to how Republicans not only cheer for Obamacare failure but try every trick in the book to facilitate it now.

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aarghmebuckoOct. 22, 13 9:40 PM

A good number of doctors are for universal care. It is the middle man profiteers that rack up costs and which make the doctors lives miserable. Health care needs to be universals do it needs to stop being a for-profit industry. Imagine the freedom to be an entrepreneur if you didn't have that albatross of your current job's health coverage hanging over you. It is past time that we as a nation catch up to the rest of the First World. All the Flat Earthers can complain, but they are NOT the majority. they are just complainers afraid of change.

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drichmnOct. 22, 1310:20 PM

"And just where are the Dr.s going to come from? Just where?" .... did you not know that the ACA included funding for more primary care providers?

"And do not forget that many Dr.s do not want anything to do with it. " .... Really? So doctor's aren't going to accept private insurance plans?

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JRBOct. 22, 1311:50 PM

I have a fundamental issue about handing my most private information over to such a massive, government-run system that is so flawed it simply cannot be trusted. It's a given that hackers will attack what will be a treasure-trove of private information and will try to profit from it. Certainly no rush to start entering information until we know it works; I'll stick with my existing coverage for as long as I can.

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crystalbayOct. 23, 1312:34 AM

" Certainly no rush to start entering information until we know it works; I'll stick with my existing coverage for as long as I can.".....................No reason to worry - if you're one of the 85% of Americans already covered by your employer, absolutely nothing will change. Nothing. If, on the other hand, you fall into the 15% who lack coverage, any insurance beats no insurance at all. These folks have until March to enroll - the issues will long since have been ironed out. If they want to actually be covered, this doesn't kick in until Jan 1.

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tkr380Oct. 23, 13 1:28 AM

Doctors are retiring early. Medical schools are reporting a huge noticeable drop in young people taking up medicine. My wife's specialist just closed her practice and moved to New Zealand where she is going to practice medicine for a profit.

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supervon2Oct. 23, 13 4:55 AM

You have to wonder when the next Snowden or Assange will compromise this website and expose all this "safe" data.

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