Failure of Affordable Care website is an outrage

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 10:54 am

We have never been fans of the Affordable Care Act.

We didn’t like the way it was rammed through Congress. We had serious questions about how it would work and the ripple effects it would have on small businesses and the economy.

That said, we assumed President Barack Obama and his administration would have the framework in place to allow the uninsured to sign up for health insurance, which is what the act is all about.

We are dumbfounded by the failure of HealthCare.gov, the website that was to be the avenue to health insurance for so many people.

If you succeeded in passing what promised to be the most important legislation of your presidency, despite vocal opposition, wouldn’t you make sure you could execute? Wouldn’t you put every ounce of energy and intellect that your administration could muster into making it work? Wouldn’t you offer the naysayers no room to say, “We told you so?”

Instead, the Obama administration offers us a website that is a flop.

Obama’s administration has no excuse for what has happened. The Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010, allowing plenty of time for development, testing and re-testing of a website.

Matters were only exacerbated by the way the situation was handled by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Her early statements about the problems showed a complete lack of professionalism and tact.

Amid problems with the website, we find another cause for outrage as NBC News reported last week that the Obama administration has known for about three years that millions of Americans would have their health insurance canceled as a result of the Affordable Care Act.

But as recently as 2012, Obama still said, “If (you) already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance.”

Not so, according to NBC, which said 50 percent to 75 percent of the 14 million people who buy health insurance individually will have their insurance canceled because it does not meet the standards.

Sebelius testified about the website debacle last week before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “You deserve better,” she said.

On that, at least, we can agree.

-Jackson Sun

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