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To say that the roll out of the online marketplace for the Affordable Care Act was rough would be a massive understatement. The website is experiencing a litany of troubles, which has undoubtedly frustrated millions of potential customers and has caused massive headaches for the Obama Administration at a time they can ill afford to have them. If the Administration doesn't get this fixed in the near future, it could feed fuel to the fire to those trying to dismantle or completely destroy the law. I'd like to suggest that the sky isn't falling, at least not yet.
For starters, the Republican party has done everything under the sun to sabotage this law from the start. After taking control of the House of Representatives in early 2011, they have voted 46 times to repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act and used their power of the purse to stifle as much funding as possible. They were rather successful in this drive, as evidenced by the numerous times that President Obama has had to comprise with the House on Obamacare funding. This has undoubtedly made things more difficult as the roll out of the law moves forward and can not be lost in the discussion about the train wreck that we are witnessing now.
The Administration is very aware that most Americans don't pay much attention to the budgetary fights between Congress and the Executive and realizes that they have to get this fixed as soon as possible. Secretary Lew took to "Meet the Press" to try to reassure the American people that the "best and brightest" are working on this problem 24/7 and that the roll out of the law will continue to go as planned. If they can get the problem fixed in the near future, then I believe that the short attention spans of most Americans will make this a minor blip on the screen. If they can't, watch out because it won't be pretty.
What we have to remember is that Americans have more than five months before they are required to have health insurance. That will hopefully give the Administration plenty of time to get this problem fixed. For those of you who don't have insurance and have had problems with signing up, I suggest to be patient. We are a culture that wants what we want when we want it, but reforming our nations healthcare system was never going to be an easy task. If you tried to sign up and gave up because of error messages, then try again. Or you can always apply for insurance via the telephone at 1-800-318-2596
. What you can't do is give up and not get coverage because a website didn't work for you one time. I would like to think that getting health insurance is a little more important than that.