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Obamacare Roll Out Problems: How Did This Happen?

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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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.
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    ..."How did this happen?"...

    Good question and maybe we will get some answers later today (but I doubt it) because President Obama is to give a press conference on Obamacare. I have not heard if Sebelius is going to be there or if she is still hiding under her desk.

    She SHOULD be there, since she is supposedly in charge of this fiasco. She couldn't or wouldn't answer questions from Stewart last week, so I doubt she'll be on hand to take questions from real reporters.

    It should be interesting, but I don't think it will be a good day for the president.

    Anyone want to predict if he'll tell how many people have signed up?
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    "how did this happen" ? Just one word EGO's !!! This whole thing was never tested nor worked out properly because Obama wanted to come in the history books, that at least he did do something. Forgetting: no closure of Guantanemo bay, stop the war(s), instead started new ones in Yemen and Mali and could have started one in Syria. For the rest no real accomplishments for the history books other than a huge debt.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I watched President Obama's speech today on the problems associated with the Affordable Care Act website/software. He didn't place blame, saying the glitches and delays were unacceptable. If you missed the speech you can read the transcript at this Washington Post website. Transcripts of speeches like this are routinely furnished to major media outlets in advance of his speeches, so they know exactly what he was going to say. The reason I mention that is Fox News. I watched to see if or when they would cut away, and true to form they picked out their spot to cut away when Obama started addressing some of the misplaced criticisms of the Affordable Care Act.

    Washington Post: Transcript: President Obama’s Oct. 21 remarks on problems with the Obamacare rollout

    As a follow up to his speech, various media outlets provided their own perspectives. From ABC News:

    "President Barack Obama on Monday said there was "no excuse" for the cascade of computer problems that have marred the rollout of a key element in his health care law, but declared he was confident the administration would be able to fix the issues.

    "There's no sugarcoating it," Obama said. "Nobody is more frustrated than I am."

    "The president said his administration was doing "everything we can possibly do" to get the federally run websites where people are supposed to apply for insurance up and running. That includes bringing in additional technology experts from inside and outside the government to work on the issues."

    "The White House says more than 19 million people have visited HealthCare.gov since the site went live on Oct. 1. Officials also say a half million people have applied for insurance on the federal- and state-run websites."


    President Obama did not go into the technical details of the glitches, but he assured Americans that everyone that wants to sign up on the Market Exchanges for affordable heath care will be able to do so either via the fixed Healthcare.gov website or the 1-800 number.
  • Other Party
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    ..."he assured Americans"...

    Like he assured Americans that they could keep their doctor?

    Like he assured Americans that they could keep their health plan?

    Like he assured Americans that their premiums would go down?

    His assurances don't mean much. Too many of his "assurances" have turned out to be incorrect.

    I did not hear the whole speech. The radio station I was listening to cut him off, too, so Fox News was not the only media outlet to do that. From what I did hear, and highlights on the news I have heard, it was the same old stuff as before. President Obama is a great speaker, but even he couldn't make this re-hash sound good.

    First he should have apologized to the American people, and made Sebelius be there and do the same. There should be some accountability for this screw up, but no this federal government has absolutely NO accountability for anything.
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: 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.
  • Independent
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    Just give the people who really need it Medicaid but allow them to pick a Primary Care MD of their choice. If they still continue to use ER as their Health Care Plan then find some way to block unwarented use pay outs hold the person responsible for the bill. Get off the Medical Provider's back. Seek the truth. We have to chart every complaint. Address each complaint.
    If you or one of your Family members were sitting in an ER waiting room with mild Stroke signs and someone gets tired of waiting after checking in with back pain and the back pain person now decides their chest is hurting ( yeah some know what gets them back faster) Guess who goes back first. Give Insurance to anyone that needs it make all Dr's working in This United States of America accept Tri-Care. Make ER a tru ER. If not a warrented visit then don't bill the USA put us more in debt. Bill the Patient.
    Just Someone on the Front Lines
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    The above article explains in its entirety why I take nothing the House Republicans have to say regarding the Affordable Care Act seriously. The House Republicans demanded a private briefing from the Administration explaining the problems the roll out of Obamacare is experiencing and the Administration obliged. The problem is that only twenty House Republicans cared to show up for the briefing. If they were so genuinely concerned about the problems facing the roll out, they would have attended this briefing. They would have been able to inform their constituents experiencing problems what to expect and gain a better understanding of the problems facing the website both in the near and long term. Instead of doing that, they decided to skip the meeting en mass because they don't actually care about making the law work. They just care about talking points and what Fox News viewers think.