President Obama’s legacy is dependent on the success of his flagship legislation, ObamaCare. The infamous healthcare reform bill has been the foundation of the President’s platform, and was a central reason of his reelection. So, with the President’s reputation riding on the triumphant realization of the Affordable Healthcare Act, luckily every provision was made to ensure the rollout would be successful. Oh, wait…
The rollout of ObamaCare has been a disaster. The flaws that have been revealed over the past few weeks have shown the absolute incompetence that engulfs our government. From top to bottom those involved with the structure of ObamaCare are all to blame. Since ObamaCare’s rollout we have already witnessed a failed website, hundred of millions of dollars wasted, the invasion of citizen’s privacy, and millions of Americans losing their existing health insurance.
President Obama recently compared the glitches in the healthcare.gov website to glitches that were experienced with the newest Apple iOS upload, “Just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it. I don’t remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn’t.” Mr. President, with all due respect, a glitch playing Candy Crush can not be compared to the glitches that can affect someone’s potential health. Also, we have a choice to switch to another cell phone if we are unhappy with our Apple product; however, those rules don’t apply to a government mandated healthcare law. Over $400 million was spent to ensure an easy to use, one-stop shop website to find an affordable healthcare plan. Unfortunately, that $400 million was ill spent. The website has only created problems for consumers to enroll painlessly in ObamaCare. After the first week of the official start to the website, only 36,000 people were fully enrolled in the program. Not a good start considering the Obama Administration is hoping for 7 million Americans to be enrolled by 2014. How can the government have been so unprepared for issues with the healthcare website?
Another issue of the healthcare website is the privacy of the consumer. The website has users register their personal health information before they can browse insurance plans. Imagine releasing your health information before you can shop around on Amazon! How can we trust our confidential health information to a government that can’t even prevent minor website glitches?
A new development in the Obamacare debacle is that 7 million Americans may lose their existing health insurance in lieu for the government’s insurance (Did Obama find a loop-hole to reach that 7 million number by 2014 goal???). The President assured Americans, in a 2009 speech to the American Medical Association, that if you enjoyed your existing health insurance you would be able to keep it: “…if you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.” The President ran on this “truth” during his 2012 presidential campaign. Now is this just another mistake? Or did the White House know this all along? Was it a blatant lie? Does it really matter? ObamaCare is imploding before our eyes; wasteful spending, invasion of personal privacy, and Americans forced to purchase the government’s plan. All these problems and we are not even a month into the program.
Even though ObamaCare is proving to be the President’s Achilles’ heel, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going away. Unfortunately, bad government policies don’t disappear. We just need to accept that ObamaCare is probably here to stay, and we need to find productive ways to fix it. In most cases the government’s answer to failed policies is more spending (aka tax dollars) and more bureaucracy to help bandage the problems. For example, Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty in the 1960s, and created a large welfare state to help solve that problem. Almost 50 years later our welfare state is growing at rate not seen since LBJ was in office, and costs American taxpayers an average of $1 trillion dollars a year! Failed policies…
Hopefully, we can find solutions to the delinquencies that have plagued the beginning of ObamaCare. However, the current administration has not shown a great deal of trust and competence in solving our country’s problems. But maybe they will rise to the occasion to fix the mess they have created.
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