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Topic of the day: Problems with the Affordable Care Act

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14 2013 4:30 p.m. MST

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster, ASSOCIATED PRESS) President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Carolyn Kaster, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Many have called the rollout of the Affordable Care Act a mess. Even President Barrack Obama admits that the launch of his signature law has been plagued with trouble. With the websites allowing people to access health plans suffering from severe delays to people feeling betrayed once their plans fail to meet the minimum standard of care and are thus canceled (something that today the Obama administration stepped back from), it’s been a bumpy ride for many.

Here are some thoughts and opinions on the state of the Affordable Care Act from around the web today.

“Everyone knows that the HealthCare.gov website has been performing abysmally, and the actual numbers confirmed what everyone could only guess at until now because the White House had withheld the data,” according to USA Today. The newspaper's editorial board is less than pleased with both the rollout and the administration's handling of things in the aftermath, according to an editorial titled “Obamacare credibility going up in smoke."

Writing about the numbers released by the White House Wednesday concerning the number of people who have managed to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, Greg Sargent at the Washington Post says that while the numbers may look bad, they don’t tell the whole story. “(T)he 100,000 number is getting a lot of attention, but the report also finds nearly 400,000 were determined eligible for Medicaid. ‘In total that’s over 500,000 people who signed up for insurance in the midst of a tumultuous launch,’ (Larry) Levitt says.” Sargent believes that given time, people will start to see the good side effects of the Affordable Care Act and that prematurely killing it is a bad idea.

Worse for Obama than the bad launch of his signature piece of legislation, according to Charles Blow at the New York Times, is his credibility and personal standing, something that has long stood at the 60 percent mark even as his job satisfaction rating has rocked back and forth. “Now, even that is being diminished. The sloppy rollout of the HealthCare.gov website and the president’s having promised something — 'you can keep it' — that turned out not to be true for some is giving license to more Americans to dispense with their character defenses.”

Douglass Schoen writes at Fox News that “We need a fresh start with health care. Going back to square one is the only way we’re going to make any progress. We still have an opportunity, albeit a waning one, to make this right.” The Affordable Care Act is such a failure in Schoen’s eyes, that a full repeal, not just minor fixes and delaying of certain mandates, will solve the problem.

What do you think about the current situation of the Affordable Care Act? Let us know in the comments.

Freeman Stevenson is a Snow College grad and a writer for the Deseretnews.com Opinion section and Brandview. Email Freeman at fstevenson@deseretdigital.com

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