Just Get the Damn Website Working
Keep the faith. Despite the calls that the sky is falling, it’s all going to get better.
Despite the disastrous rollout of the federal government’s healthcare website, enrollment is surging in many states as tens of thousands of consumers sign up for insurance plans made available by President Obama’s health law.
A number of states that use their own systems, including California, are on track to hit enrollment targets for 2014 because of a sharp increase in November, according to state officials.
“What we are seeing is incredible momentum,” said Peter Lee, director of Covered California, the nation’s largest state insurance marketplace, which accounted for a third of all enrollments nationally in October. California — which enrolled about 31,000 people in health plans last month — nearly doubled that in the first two weeks of this month.
Several other states, including Connecticut and Kentucky, are outpacing their enrollment estimates, even as states that depend on the federal website lag far behind. In Minnesota, enrollment in the second half of October ran at triple the rate of the first half, officials said. Washington state is also on track to easily exceed its October enrollment figure, officials said.
And as Kevin Drum points out, the problems, for the most part, have all to do with healthcare.gov. Get it working as it should and the Republican Party’s worst nightmare will have been realized: people will like and appreciate the benefits of the ACA. Republicans understand this all too well and their only chance to rid themselves of a law that will positively impact the lives of just about every American is to continue to sow the seeds of discontent. No surprise there. We’ve come to expect sociopathic behavior of that type from Republicans. It’s what they do…really, really well.
What is more annoying are the number of Dems in Congress hinting that they might join Republicans in calling for repeal of the law if the website isn’t running perfectly within the next 20 minutes. The stinking cowards are afraid that their chances of reelection next November will be hampered by voter disapproval of the ACA brought on by the rocky rollout. Not only do liberals have to battle obstructionist Republicans on a daily basis, they’re also forced to contend with the yellow-bellied wing of their own party.
That said, all it takes to put an end to the nonsense is to “get the damn website working.” Come on, get it done already!