Bashing Obamacare is becoming an difficult chore, as there are so many problems to point out. Any attention paid to one of the law’s myriad flaws is a distraction from another, and the full calamity of the convoluted contraption can be hard to see through all the damning details.
Much well-deserved ridicule has been heaped on the hugely expensive and barely functioning computer system that was supposed to enroll millions of Americans in health insurance plans, but even the harshest criticism left the impression it was all a matter of a few glitches that will quickly be worked out. The latest round of bad press concerns the puny number of people who have signed on to Obamacare, which is even punier when you exclude all the non-paying window-shoppers that the administration have dishonestly tacked on, but that will be attributed to the soon-to-be-fixed computer system. There have also been a slew of stories about the millions of people who have lost the insurance plans they were satisfied with, despite the president’s repeated and unequivocal promises that they would be able to keep their plan if they liked it, but The New York Times has already deemed the president’s misleading words a mere “incorrect promise” and we assured that it will soon be kept with a fix that is likely to cause other problems requiring similarly creative euphemisms.
This is not to mention the sticker shock that those suddenly un-covered citizens are experiencing, or the higher costs that millions more are paying to keep their plans rather than getting the promised the $2,500 windfall, or all the part-time work that employers are offering rather than deal with the costs and paperwork entailed with a full-time job, or the likelihood that all these problems will be exacerbated as the delayed employers’ mandate kicks in after the mid-term elections and more institutions find themselves forced to stop insurance plans. It’s enough to keep every reporter in the country busy, especially the ones who feel obliged to concoct some sort of plausible-sounding excuse for all these problems, and provides an excuse to overlook numerous other problems.
Still, a few intrepid reporters are finding other scandals worth noting. The estimable James O’Keefe, the youthful journalistic prankster who brought down the noxious ACORN community-organizing racket by walking into their offices in a ‘70s-era blaxploitation movie outfit and asking for advice on starting a prostitution business, has recently walked into the offices of the community-organizing rackets that are federally-funded to act as “navigators” through the choppy waters of Obamacare and found them eager to offer advice on committing insurance fraud. The Secretary of Health and Human Services was prodded by a congressional committee to concede that “It’s possible” the people collecting Social Security numbers and dates of birth and other potential identity-thieving information from citizens are felons, and the ones that O’Keefe encountered seem to have at least slightly larcenous natures. Although it’s possible to avoid these unsavory sorts by going on to that barely functioning computer system, but the congressional testimony suggests that the security there is also government-grade.
The billions of funding going to the community-organizing rackets is yet another problem, unless you’re a Democratic candidate hoping to use their information and other help in an upcoming campaign, and it’s well worth noting. Doing so would take notice away from all the other problems, but it seems as if we’ll have forever to grouse about Obamacare.
— Bud Norman