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Obamacare is to Republicans as MAS 370 is to CNN

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They just can’t get enough of it. Look, one is a system implementation deficiency and the other is a government management deficiency. No, one is a deficient law and system design and implementation failure, and the other is still to be determined.

Obamacare is a law with good intentions and mismanaged expectations.

When the president sold the need for the Affordable Care Act he did so by convincing Americans that 50 million uninsured citizens would gain affordable coverage, and that would eliminate backlogs in emergency rooms while reducing healthcare costs overall.

He said that the law would only work as intended if everyone participated in buying healthcare insurance at rates that were scaled to their incomes. There would be no exceptions to participating, meaning that young persons would be required to buy healthcare insurance. Anyone trying to opt out would pay a fine, making them wish they had purchased insurance instead.

Republicans didn’t like the law because they don’t like any social programs that address people in need of essential services.

Now, President Obama has never found the moment for humble pie in this contest. He should have said specifically how many citizens would be signing up at a specific rate and in accordance with a specific schedule. He did not do that. He and Congress flimflammed on the numbers.

If success is predicated upon the 50 million, 48 million, or 38 million or whatever the number is, 7.1 million doesn’t cut it.

Americans need and want affordable healthcare. They want a successful solution. The Affordable Care Law may be the right course. If it isn’t then the burden on Republicans is to come up with a credible plan that does a better job. No one has seen that because Republicans have no intention of addressing this need. They have show every intention to reduce essential services such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Just look at the latest Ryan budget as he telegraphs their intentions.

This reporter is rough on the President for mismanaging the initiative and continuing to gloss over the facts. This reporter is also rough on Republicans for being irresponsible.

“More than 7 million have enrolled under Affordable Care Act, White House says​

By Amy Goldstein and Juliet Eilperin, Published: April 1 E-mail the writers
President Obama announced Tuesday that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, the most ambitious federal effort in nearly half a century to widen access to coverage.
The tally, which signified a sharp turnaround from the troubled beginnings of enrollment last fall, was driven upward by a late rush of consumers seeking coverage in the days and hours before the deadline of midnight Monday to select health plans for 2014.”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/enrollment-under-the-affordable-care-act-on-track-to-reach-7-million/2014/04/01/1f6b8b96-b99b-11e3-9a05-c739f29ccb08_story.html?wpisrc=nl_wonk

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