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Subject:  Re: Never say die. Attack on Obama(care) Date:  10/31/2013  11:55 AM
Author:  albaby1 Number:  1907957 of 2204290

Whatever. It's fixable and will be fixed.

It will be fixed, but it's not a "whatever." There are literally millions of Americans who are trying to get healthcare insurance who are being stymied by the very government that was trying to help them. This is the vulnerable population that the ACA was enacted to try to help - and the inexcusable failure of the federal government (and other states) to live up to even minimal expecations of competency while those folks bear the brunt is not something that can be shrugged off with a "whatever."

Moreover, unlike other programs, the ACA isn't built for a slow rollout over time. It requires a non-trivial amount of participation from healthy enrollees from the very beginning, otherwise the markets can't function. Since participation by those enrollees is de facto voluntary due to the low first-year penalties, it is critical that any barriers to their enrollment be minimized. Yet not only at the federal level, but even in states with decent websites:

...there's a lot of friction in getting people signed on.

So, no - even though the website will be fixed, it's very important that it be fixed quickly - both for the long-term success of the program and to minimize the short-term burdens being placed on people trying to get coverage.

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