"Obamacare isn't a political abstraction any longer. Its success doesn't depend on spin or solidarity. What matters for the law -- and for the people who are depending on it -- is how well it actually works. So far, it's not working well at all."
So concludes Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein (no Obama antagonist) in a piece outlining the substantive and broad-ranging problems with Obamacare – problems that extend beyond website "glitches." In four simple sentences, Klein strikes at the heart of the political fallacy encapsulated by the President's signature legislative achievement: When you allow ideology to drive the development of policy with no attention to reality or practicality, the results are catastrophic. For the President and his supporters, Obamacare was conceived not as a policy solution for America's growing healthcare challenges but as a symbol of the President's progressive worldview. If the pre-Obamacare health care system represented the disenfranchisement of the poor, sick, and elderly at the hands of unscrupulous insurance companies, miserly employers, and complicit physicians, then the post-Obamacare health care system would be one in which all of these inequities were eliminated. College graduates entering the workforce would no longer have to fret about whether or not their first job offered affordable and comprehensive coverage – they could simply stay on their parent's plan. Desperate families struggling to secure coverage despite preexisting medical conditions would now have equal access to quality coverage. The very poor would have expanded access to Medicaid. In every scenario and for every demographic (with the exception, of course, of those fortunate one-percenters), health insurance would be easier to get, more affordable, and more comprehensive.
Of course, the question of how exactly the federal government would accomplish the Herculean task of overhauling approximately 1/6 of the U.S. economy was never fully addressed in all the months of debate that led up to the controversial passage of the Affordable Care Act. Again and again, the legislation was defended and promoted not based on its merits as policy, but based purely on its value as a ideological symbol of Progressivism in action. In response to naysaying Republicans and their incessant focus on the constitutional implications of the law and the challenges of deciphering its labyrinthine volumes, Nancy Pelosi replied: more >>
The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday issue a revised policy statement advocating the use of condoms by teenagers pointing to the "unacceptably high" rates of STIs/HIV that currently exists among adolescents.
In an abstract of the Academy's revised policy statement on condom use published in the organization's journal Pediatrics, pediatricians noted that while positive markers such as a decline in teen pregnancies and sexual activity were evident, STI/HIV infections are too high.
"Rates of sexual activity, pregnancies, and births among adolescents have continued to decline during the past decade to historic lows. Despite these positive trends, many adolescents remain at risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)," noted the pediatricians in the abstract. more >>
Do you like your doctor now? Because despite what President Obama has repeatedly promised, you might have to find a new one.
New reports from sources involved with Obamacare are admitting that the administration has not been entirely truthful with their promises of the new healthcare coverage proposal. The Obama administration promised the American people that under Obamacare they will be able to keep their current health care plan if they so choose. But is that true?
"We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period," President Obama said in 2009. "If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period." more >>
The Obama administration apparently has known for at least three years that millions of Americans would get cancellation letters for their health insurance as a result of Obamacare, even though President Obama has said repeatedly that they wouldn't.
Several sources closely involved with the Affordable Care Act revealed in an NBC News report Tuesday that 50 to 75 percent of the 19 million Americans who purchase individual health insurance should expect to get "cancellation" letters or similar communications because their policies don't meet the standards required under the new health law.
That number according to one expert in the report, could also go as high as 80 percent. It is predicted that these individuals will also experience "sticker shock" when they realize it will cost them more to comply with Obamacare's health insurance standards. more >>
Late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL) poked fun at U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Obama administration's response to internet problems associated with Obamacare's sign-up website, healthcare.gov.
"A lot of folks have been talking about our new healthcare enrollment website – how it's been crashing and freezing and shutting down and stalling and not working and breaking and sucking," a parody Sebelius announces with a smile. She then proceeds to list "friendly tips" to help Americans deal with the widely-reported "glitches."
"Have you tried starting your computer?" the fake Sebelius asks nonchalantly. Going into completely unnecessary detail, she adds "sometimes it helps to turn the computer off and turn it back on." Deep in thought, the parody secretary giggles and shrugs her shoulders – "we don't know why, it just does." more >>
Not every bad thing that happens to us is bad, long term. I've learned it well; some of life's biggest blessings arrive unexpectedly, wrapped in the most unsightly dressings. It's as if the alchemy happens in the waiting. And so it may be for the GOP, as they now get to witness certain Democrats, who supported Obamacare, paying a hefty price for their misdeeds. (And who says there isn't a God?)
Bad choices have a way of boomeranging back and hitting us in the head. Some call it Karma, the Bible calls it The Law of the Harvest, and, in this case, the GOP should call it a gift – because a growing number of Democrats who spent more than two weeks opposing Republicans' request for a delay in Obamacare have suddenly seen the light. Signing on to an October 22 letter written by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., Democrats are asking the White House to grant an extension to Obamacare's open enrollment.
The letter makes it sound as if these liberals are looking out for us, but if that were true, they would not have shut down the government in the first place. Liberals are sort of like that person who tells everyone he's buying Halloween candy "for the kids" but then has to leave his house lights off October 31 because his belly is bulging and the candy bags are empty. Seriously, I don't know how liberals sleep at night knowing a law they passed caused so much chaos in the lives of everyday Americans; millions are losing coverage because their plans don't meet the ACA's requirements. Last week in Florida alone, 300,000 people lost their coverage. The Weekly Standard estimates 16 million people will receive cancellation notices and many will experience "some pretty big rate increases." Besides the Healthcare.gov meltdown, CBS News discovered the site's "shop and browse" section "a serious pricing problem" wherein premiums are underestimated by half in some cases. more >>