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Agitate, America!: Health care roll-out: Time to grow up and fix the glitches
By Nancy Churchill
A Progressive Visionary
So, millions of people were without health care, see, and the Top Leader of the land wanted to fix that, so he devised a new health care law based on one proposed earlier, was able to get it passed by legislature, and signed it into law with great flourish.
When the time came to actually implement it, however, glitches showed up in the website, not to mention the law itself, and, despite people facing fines and penalties if they didn’t sign up, only 123 had done so by the end of the first month.
Still, for all the glaring deficiencies in the rollout, which had obviously prevented citizens from choosing health care from the private exchanges, there was nary a whisper from the media. And politicians from both parties, concerned as they were for constituents who did not have health care, determined to make the law work for citizens, and did whatever it took, in a bipartisan way, to make it better.
I’m happy to say, it worked! Because today, up to 97 percent of citizens are covered under government-mandated health insurance. And they love it, just love it!
Wait, what? This can’t be Obamacare we’re talking about, is it?
No, actually, it’s Romneycare, signed into law in Massachusetts in 2007. You know, former Gov. Mitt Romney’s signature health care policy adopted from the one rolled out by the conservative Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s to counter President Bill Clinton and then First Lady Hillary Clinton’s doomed nationalized health care plan?
It’s practically the spittin’ image of Obamacare, because Romneycare was its prototype.
So, of course, politicians are coming together to fix Obamacare now, too, right?
Well, listen to what Republican Rep. Joe Barton from Texas said:
“This is a huge undertaking, and there are going to be glitches. My goal is the same as yours: Get rid of the glitches.”
Oh, no, wait! Wrong rollout again! That statement was made about George W. Bush’s rollout of Medicare Part D in 2006.
Comparing Obamacare’s rollout to that of Medicare Part D, PolitiFact points out that Democrats were unhappy then with the final bill and critical of that “botched rollout.” Yet, they generally supported its intended outcome, and “worked with constituents who had difficulty signing up or utilizing their new benefits” (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/nov/13/steve-israel/medicare-part-d-and-obamacare-health-care-gov/).
Furthermore, many blue states came to its rescue.
“By contrast, not a single Republican voted for the Affordable Care Act, and … the party has made its repeal a top priority. … Republican governors have bucked the Medicaid expansion and rejected offers to build their own insurance marketplaces, putting greater pressure on the federal government.”
I never thought I’d say this, but I agree with Joe Barton from 2006. Obamacare is a huge undertaking, and there will be glitches. Let’s all grow up, learn to work together as if we really care whether Americans have health care or not, get rid of the glitches and make this thing work.
Nancy Churchill was raised in the D.R.C. (Congo), raced stock cars on short dirt tracks for 25 years, and is a proud, lifelong member of “We, the People.” She lives in Oregon, Ill.
From the Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2013, issue