Monday, December 2, 2013

Healthcare.gov is NOT the ACA

Yesterday, I read Mike Murphy's article in the December 9 issue of Time magazine with rising ire.  It seems Republicans enjoy equating the ACA with the website, as if that's all there is to the ACA.  For those of you accustomed to calling the ACA Obamacare, the initials stand for Affordable Care Act.  When I see media coverage that calls it "Obamacare," I know I'm reading a politicization of that legislation.  Mike Murphy made no excuses for it, either.


In fact, I agree with his point that the Republicans need to re-evaluate their strategy and develop fresh policies.  They've been beating the same dead horses for years.  And it's about time a Republican recognizes and acknowledges that the Bush years contributed mightily to where the middle class and the economy is now.

As for the ACA, I wish the media would get it right for a change.  The Healthcare.gov is not the entire ACA.  Provisions of the law that had already been implemented  since 2010 have been huge successes.  Mr. Murphy, President Obama does not have "an epic failure with Obamacare."  Was he not informed of the website's issues?  Yes.  Did he trust the people in charge of the website to do their jobs?  Yes.  And what about the people they hired to design the website, to get it up and running, and to insure that it will do what the good citizens of this country need it to do?  They screwed up.  Was it a matter of bad communication from the government?  Or did they not know how to do the job?  Frankly, I do not think they should be paid the total amount in their contract.

One of the things Republicans need to do to get my attention (I'm not affiliated with any political party) -- start working with the Democrats to govern and stop making every little thing a major political battle.  We no longer need, if we ever did which I doubt, you to be blocking appointees and legislation, for refusing to govern, for saying "no" when the country needs you to grow up and work together.  You have not presented any good ideas for years!

Another thing, it's time for you to understand that your constituents are not only the top 1% of the wealthy in this country.  It's time to take a good, hard look at the economic reality.  Taxes must be raised on the 1%.  To raise taxes on anyone else at this point would be like trying to squeeze blood from a stone.  And it would show how disconnected from reality you are.  It worked back in the 1950's and '60's, raising taxes on the wealthy can work again.

And last, I'd love to see Republicans chipping in to help with the ACA website's issues rather than gleefully tearing it apart.  You've not offered anything constructive for years, either.  It's like if you can't have a "permanent majority" in Congress, a Republican President, and hold sway over the Supreme Court justices, nobody else can either, and you'll do your best to destroy whatever the people choose for a government.  Let's be clear, Republicans will not be chosen in the future unless you get your act together and start governing with the Democrats and Independents.

Healthcare.gov is only a part of the ACA.  An important part, to be sure, and it certainly looks like insurers have not been ready either, or they would have done a much better job of educating their customers about the impact it would have on their policies to prepare them for possible cancellations.  One very simple thing insurers can do: when they send out those cancellation letters, make it clear that you are adhering to the provisions of the ACA, developing new product that will be available to the customers either from you directly or through Healthcare.gov.


OK, I've said what I needed to say.  I'm just really shocked at how mean-spirited the Republicans have become, and not caring about people who are going to truly benefit from the ACA.  Like me....

So, Republicans, impress me. 

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