The Root Of The Problem

Via Gawker, here’s why we have a government shutdown:

Kudos to the guy who says “Just the name says it all.” LOL. A nation this uninformed deserves what it gets. Then again, maybe I’m being too harsh. Conservatives spent millions of dollars and thousands of hours trying to confuse Americans about what the Affordable Care Act really is and does.

Republicans can’t govern their way out of a paper bag but when it comes to confusing the American public, they do a masterful job.

[UPDATE]:

Obamacare enrollment website has been completely overloaded.

Apparently there’s a demand for this thing that nobody wants/needs/understands.

[UPDATE] 2:

Also via Gawker, How The Government Shutdown Is Affecting You. A lot of this stuff, like backlogs in paperwork at the VA and delays in approving contracts and grants, will have a ripple effect down the pike. Don’t be surprised if Republicans moan about government inefficiency in about six months, when the very thing they complain about was caused by shutting down the government.

Which reminds me of that other great quote, this one from P.J. O’Rourke: “The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.”

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8 responses to “The Root Of The Problem

  1. Dan

    If it changes into an NHS like system, which I highly doubt, then it’s all for the good. Currently it does look like a sop to insurance companies in exchange for ditching pre-existing condition. While I do not see the extreme rhetoric of death panels as helpful or constructive, this bill can be critiqued from the left POV as a poison pill. Insurance companies now have a captive market. There is no provision for a cut rate Public Plan to act as non profit driven standard against which private insurers must compete. This raises the strong possibility of a Quango with broad monopolistic powers that answers to shareholders driven by the profit motive.

    • If it changes into an NHS like system, which I highly doubt, then it’s all for the good.

      We actually already have an NHS-like system here in the US. It’s called the VA. It’s good enough for our veterans but not for anyone else, apparently.

      But no, there’s no chance of an NHS-style system taking hold of the healthcare system at large. None.

      There is no provision for a cut rate Public Plan to act as non profit driven standard against which private insurers must compete.

      Right, the “public option” we were all told would be the end of freedom, etc. etc. I’m so old, I remember when the state exchanges were the bipartisan compromise cooked up by Republicans like Olympia Snowe who were afraid the public option were too much socialism. Now even Republicans have forgotten this was their idea.

      Same as it ever was. I wrote about a hundred gazillion posts about the public option back in the day.

  2. That video had me shaking my head a lot.

  3. Min

    If an informed citizenry is essential to a successful democracy, we are doomed.

  4. Jim in Memphis

    I got an interesting option from my insurance agent today. BCBS is offering to renew our policy early so that it can stay at the pre ACA coverage for another year. Normally our renewal would occur in April and at that time the policy would have to upgrade to cover all aspects of the ACA. However, BCBS is offering a November renewal for a 5% premium increase that would keep our current policy in place until November of 2014. Now I have to guess as to whether or not a 5% increase now will be better than what is available in April. Last year we had a 23% increase in our premiums at our normal renewal. I am currently waiting on more information from my agent, but it looks like an early renewal will be the best option for us for now.

    • BCBS isn’t the only one doing this. I think a lot of insurance companies are doing that, especially in states like Tennessee which have few insurance regulations to begin with. They’re assuming you’re going to think the pre-ACA coverage is better than the post-ACA coverage and that may not be the case. I imagine it depends on who you’re underwriting. If most of your employees are young healthy men, maybe it will be a good deal. I’d say make sure your insurance company weighs both options.

      Because the exchange has come in so much cheaper than expected, I’ve heard some are considering dropping their insurance and then paying for their employees to go on the exchange. Employees aren’t out of pocket any more but it would save a lot of companies money.

  5. “Employees aren’t out of pocket any more but it would save a lot of companies money.”

    But, but, SOSHULIZM!!!