Opponents should show patience on 'ObamaCare'

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It is to some extent understandable that folks are very disappointed in the functioning of the "ObamaCare" websites. But it is even more disappointing to view the impatience and lack of appreciation involving the promise of this enormous undertaking. True, the amount of time it would take to overcome the expected glitches has been unrealistic, but they are acknowledged and will be solved.

Folks seem to have forgotten that it took almost a year before Social Security was in practical use. The opponents of Social Security were every bit as vicious and uncaring as the Affordable Health Care Act opponents are today.

What we need now is patience and an understanding of the value we will all have when "ObamaCare" is running smoothly, and it surely will be, under the leadership of President Obama.

Harriet Hausman

River Forest

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Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 24th, 2013 12:13 PM

@ Ms Hausman - It was revealed , in DOJ filed court documents,last week that the Obama administration anticipates 68 to 100 million americans will lose their employer furnished health policies in 2014. That will throw them onto the exchanges where they will find rates many times what they have been paying with reduced resources and higher deductibles. What do you suggest we wait for? Patience may be a virtue but stupidity is just that and will never be anything more. Security experts have claimed that the web portal is not secure and that hackers and identity thieves are ramping up for mass attacks of your health and financial records. You must know that if you lose everything the Obama administration is not going to make you whole. It will be those pesky Republicans who who rebelled at sinking more than 5 times the agreed price for a web site that has never worked and probably will only limp along at 1/4 speed. We hear about the wonderful subsidies that will make everything rosy yet no one mentions that those subsidies are tax dollars we don't have and will have to borrow. The web site is the least of this bad laws problems - people will die as a result of incompetence and an unwillingness to admit that Obamacare is just not the american way.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 11:39 AM

that bank account info must be attached and that is unacceptable to me. Like Ventra. This is tyranny: the melding of corporations and politics and the people at the lower end of the economic spectrum are hardest hit. I have no health insurance and no desire for any whatsoever. So the idea that I would be forced to take it is maddening.

Violet Aura  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 11:34 AM

@Harriet--Your last sentence made me think that thou art a troll. Do you really believe this? First of all, it goes into effect on January 15th. My theory is that "they" (the Hidden Hand) set this up so that it would be "buggy" until it goes into effect and then it's too late! The very fact that they did not allow for people to simply compare plans in their states without entering personal info (which is then stored in some database) made me highly suspicious of their motives. I have heard...

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 11:22 AM

Ray, it will do both. The law is going to implode the health care market and then explode into single payer which has been the goal from the start. The media will spin ACA failure as conservative obstructionism which low info voters will believe and then use that as justification for even more government takeover - single payer.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 11:01 AM

@ Uncommon - could it be possible for Obamacare tp simultaneously "Implode" and "Explode?" - we are about to see.

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 9:35 AM

OP, conservatives aren't shocked. It is the lefties who believed that bunk BO was selling about lowering cost $2500 on average who are shocked. Remember that? Or that it was sold to low info voters as not a tax, but then argued to the Supreme Court that it was a tax. Or you could keep your plan until you couldn't keep your plan. The website is the last thing people need to be concerned about. It is the actual workings of the law that are going to implode.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 8:22 AM

@ OP - please refrain from using "Tea Bagger" - unless you intend to imply the homosexual pejorative or are just using words that you think are cute. Your post is insulting to good citizens that do not agree with you and who are too courteous to swim in your same swamp.

OP  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 4:45 AM

First, not sure why people are shocked that costs rise with AHA as people without insurance must be subsidzed. Second anytime you mae sweeping changes, it will not be smooth and finally, it does works and will work over the long run. As NYT article indicated, the tea baggers are afraid of just that.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: November 8th, 2013 12:30 AM

"under the leadership of President Obama" we have all been lied to for five plus years. Many of us expected no less. You, Ms Housman, should be angry because you were lied to from day one , yet believed with all of your heart. In 2012 you were convinced to not only believe the continuing false promise but to try to convince your friends and neighbors that up was down and left was right. You were and are being duped by the President of the United States and that should stick in your craw. This last week the "keep your doctor" and "keep your insurance policy" assurance from President Obama was revealed to be a politically calculated lie. Pressed to the wall , he could not fess up to the fact that he lied through his teeth, but rather we are to dumb to appreciate his greater good intentions. The sad part of this whole Obamacare mess is that the people who are being thrown off their insurance coverage are a group who have had the responsibility to want to have health insurance and buy the best that they can afford. The tragedy is that this responsible group is being punished so that another group could buy insurance if they want, but probably will not. A truly bad trade off!

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 12:02 PM

My favorite liberal quote of someone who found out the policy they liked was being cancelled and premium increased significantly... "I was all for Obamacare until I found out I was going to be the one paying for it." Every last one of the issues being experienced with implemenation have been known about for YEARS if you bothered to read the bill.

Bill from Oak park  

Posted: November 7th, 2013 11:43 AM

This is more then patience with implementation.There are many people surprised to find their policy is cancelled. They thought ObamaCare was about covering 30M uninsured, young adults and prior conditions at a lower cost through taxes on the rich. Reality does not match the promises - Period! :)

rj  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 3:46 PM

Harriet - Patients better have more patience than a saint because it's obvious the government has no business making our very personal health decisions. You are confusing G 'guaranteed' mandated health insurance of unfulfilled promises with quality care that can only be achieved by patient with doctor, not government. This law has shamelessly reduced everyone's free 'choice' with the same level of care found at the USPO. The ultimate war on men, women and children. You should be very afraid.

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 2:53 PM

Recall during the shutdown Repubs wanted to delay the individual mandate similar to how Obama did for unions/corporations. Now all of a sudden, Dems are calling for the same thing! Mary Landrieu (D) introduced legislation to override the regs that are killing off the current plans. Of course, she and every Democrat voted in 2010 against republican legislation that was introduced to do just that. You can't make this stuff up.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 2:40 PM

Lets suppose you want to buy a new family car and decide on the most expensive make and model on earth. The slick salesman tells you the price and that you can take delivery in three years. During the build time Mr Slick guy gets back to you and lets you know that the price has tippled. When you take delivery you find out that the car was not painted, has no wheels and the keys will not open the doors. Mr Slicky lets you know that the builder will, for additional cost fix the problems. Your understandable response would be that you don't want them to fix it - take it back and deliver a car that is free from defects. You are then told that the brakes are missing - the air bags don't work and they neglected every other safety feature that is needed. Obamacare is that car and we refuse to take delivery on such an incompetent product and should not be required to pay for any part of the rollout.

Real List  

Posted: November 6th, 2013 1:33 PM

You say the opponents of Social Security were "every bit as vicious and uncaring". Well, I'm forced to contribute $ to a SS fund that is on track to go bankrupt before I am eligible to receive any benefits from it. That sounds vicious and uncaring to me. Maybe these opponents were just prophetic? How about showing the younger generations some love, Harriet? Perhaps viciousness is in the eye of the benefit holder.

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