Many Roses and One Thorn for Health Law in the
rose is a rose is a rose.
Stein (1874-1946) Sacred Emily (1913)
But ne're the rose without the thorn.
Robert Herrick (1591-1694), The Rose
I have just finished listening to President
Obama’s White House presentation in the
Rose Garden about the Health Law rollout.
He spent much
of his 40 minutes lauding the health law as a “good product” with “good prices”
that “will save you money.” He ticked off its benefits – affordable care for
the insured, free mammograms and free
contraceptives, cheaper drugs for
seniors falling into the donut hole,
and, above all, mandatory
coverage for young adults under their parents’ plan and for those with
mentioned one thorn among the roses – healthgov.com website – and inability of
consumers to sign on and complete the application process. He said, “No one is more frustrated than I
am” about its rocky rollout.
But again and again,
he stressed ObamaCare is much more than a website. Once a “surge of tech experts” work out the
“kinks,” the rollout will be
“smooth”, the system will be “better,”
“you will be protected,” and your health
care will be more “affordable.”
Healthcare.gov is “not the only way” to gain access to health
plans , to complete your application,
and to qualify for health law benefits.
You can call 1-800-318-2596, I
repeat, 1-800-318-2596, or you can talk
to an actual person at one of many call centers, or talk s
navigator, or you can visit s government run community health centers.
In summary, President Barack
Obama acknowledged problems
with his health care law's rollout. He
said these “kinks” were unacceptable, as the administration was “doing everything it
could possibly do” to fix things. This
included a “surge of tech experts” and ramping up call centers where people
could apply by phone and talk to people rather than being stranded or abandoned
The President mentioned that 19 million Americans
had visited healthcare.com, that some
476,000 had tried to apply, but he did not say how many had enrolled.
Tweet: Today President Obama defended ObamaCare, said it was more than a website, he was bringing in experts to fix
Nor did he mention the thorns among the ObamaCare roses - that premiums and deductibles may soar as the
young and healthy encounter difficulty signing up at government of state websites; that the government will be unable to penalize
people for not signing up when they are unable to sign up by June 15; that 3 ½ years after passage, the government had
not prepared or tested its website to meet
consumer demands; that consumers in
many states may suffer “sticker shock” when they compare new health plan prices
to those of their old plans and not enroll; and that delaying the Individual
Mandate for a year was a possible option until the Administration gets its
collective act together.
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