Most of what I read in these comments -- even if I filter out those hateful to
the President and Democrats -- is different than I read anywhere else.It seems obvious that if the websites are crashing, either people are
interested, or bad people are hogging them to make the ACA look bad. Of course,
the ACA is not perfect, but NO effort is going into improving it, because one
side has swallowed the lobbying of rich healthcare industry interests.The headline, and especially the headline on the DN front page, seem written
to cater to those who are against this President.I keep mentioning
that Nixon or Reagan ought to have solved this -- the Clintons got snowed under
trying to do it 20 years ago. Just look at the ridiculous amount of TV ads
promoting prescription drugs to get an idea how the rich interests hate changing
our extremely overpriced healthcare system.And can we mention that
the lds church members who post here might be thinking of the poor people who,
lacking affordable care, call expensive emergency services, bankrupting cities?
Moderate_ You're kidding right? The other version is letting the free
market work. We do not need government to issue us health care. Especially a
program with the flaws that Obamacare reportedly has. Of course, we may never
know, because it was shoved through and passed without any kind of real debate.
Just a power hungry prez that wanted his name on something. Something to think about- It isn't fact that the sites crashed because
people were clamoring to sign up, but rather check it out after so much press
time. I tried to get on to see if I could finally afford insurance. I like many
others just don't have an extra 1000-1200 a month in my budget. I'm
self employed and don't qualify for any assistance programs, as I make just
enough to be over the line, but I don't make near enough to pay for the
outrageous premiums. When I finally did get online, imagine my surprise to see
that now with ACA, I will be required to pay 15% more than I couldn't
already afford. What a bargain! Thanks Obama, another broken promise!
The larger issue is that the Affordable Care Act has not made health insurance
affordable for many tens of millions of Americans apart from expanding Medicaid
eligibility. Doesn't that just cover the children? Those who
passed this bill assumed that people did not buy insurance is because they could
wait until disaster strikes while their bank account balance increases from
money that would have gone to premiums. There other answer? Stick them with a
penalty. Furthermore, why does the news only tout the ACA success
stories of those in the twenty-something cohort. Of course, insurance premiums
are cheaper. They were cheaper BEFORE Obamacare went into effect.
If I was a Democrat I would be thanking Lee, Cruz and Hatch for making the
republican's look extreme and ignorant. Republican’s just shot them
the next election. Here comes President Hillary Clinton.
@Something to think aboutThere is a lot of interest, but I think a
lot of people like me want to comparison shop. Unfortunately a lot of people
like me can't do that. I am sure they will work out the glitches
eventually, but as a person who works in IT and has extensive experience in
releasing software this is simply unacceptable...even for government. They
should do more than say the site is down.
@mainly meSo what exactly do you hope to accomplish by referring to
the President as "dear leader?" Ir does nothing but undermine your
the real scam is yomamacare
Problems associated with the launch were, in part, due to the massive volume of
people trying to sign up.Let's not forget that fact!
I have no doubt that Mike Lee and Hatch have helped ruin the Republican Party.
Now that there is dissent in the Republican Party it gives Democrats a stronger
hand, so we can thank Lee and Hatch for that. But that is what we get when we
re-elect or elect tea party members.
This launch went up like a North Korean rocket.
Well I guess we could switch to the Republican alternative.Oh,
right.There isn't one.
Not sure where the rest of my comment went but almost 50% of those earning less
than $40k/year identify as Democrats versus about 15% as Republicans (at least
that was true in 2009). While Southern states tend to vote Republican (in
national elections, local elections are a completely different matter),
it's not the poor and the minorities in those states who are voting
Republican.Tea Party voters don't like the ACA because
it's a terribly-written and terribly-implemented law (and greatly increases
the size and reach of the federal government). Remember, it was passed without
any Republican support. It was crammed through Congress and signed by the
President without time for anyone to read the whole thing and properly discuss
it.It would have been far better to go to a universal/socialized
system instead of passing the ACA. A true free market system would be best
though (we do not have anything like a free market system currently).
To RSL Fan: I think the opposite might also be true. If we postpone the
required part and leave it open for shopping for this year, maybe a lot of
democrats might not like it either.
These exchanges weren't designed for the poor - the (legal) poor are
already covered through Medicaid and Medicare. If the websites ever work, a lot
of Republicans probably will sign up because they get taxed ("fined") if
they don't (fines start out low but within a couple years become quite
high).Let's work through RSL's argument. Southern states
tend to vote Republican (True), Southern states tend to have higher poverty
rates (True), Southern states tend to have higher rates of minority populations
(True), minorities (other than Asian) generally are poorer than non-Hispanic
white populations (True), minorities tend to vote...Democratic, not
Republican.15% of those earning
Isn't it pathetic that a scamer can get his web site to work and the Dear
Leader can't? It's just like the rest of his administration.
Even with the all the problems that are happening to the exchange I bet that a
lot of republican's will sign up for it, since you have to have insurance
and it was designed for the uninsured and poor. Which if you think of the
southern states that are mostly republican held have higher poverty rates. I
think the tea party is afraid that a good chunk of their voters might like it.