Thursday, November 7, 2013

Full Committee Hearing - The Online Federal Health Insurance Marketplace: Enrollment Challenges and the Path Forward


This morning I awoke to my alarm set to the time of the Senate’s committee hearing on the Affordable Care Act and the botching of it’s “Go live”  date.  Usually “Go Live” dates are immense are of importance and a clear sign of significant change in an industry.

It is still uncertain if the ‘baby’ was born. 


President Obama continues to alter his signature promise in selling the Affordable Care Act back in 2009 and 2010.

"If you like your plan, you can keep your plan," he said back then.

But that simple pledge has had to change as the Affordable Care Act has been implemented and a small percentage of Americans, albeit millions of people, have received cancellation notices from their insurance companies. And for the second time in two weeks, he's tweaked the line.

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Debunking 4 Obamacare myths: Both sides get it wrong

On a website published by Annenberg Public Policy Center, the myths are further analyzed.  The number of experts is legion. Our senators asked many questions but failed to see the what the light of discontent is about and the depth of concerns.

The committee discusses that the Health Benefit Exchange is not the Affordable Care Act. I don’t think anyone thinks it is,, However no one indicated that discontent rises not in the HBX, but in the uncertainty of what the remainder of the ACA will cause to happen or not happen.  The front page open to the public (if and when it works) is not reassuring to the public.

The discontent of consumers is  trust and faith have been lost in regard to the entire program.  Technology cannot replace a trust in the basic tenets of the act. There are many flaws, each a small one, however failure is usually results from multiple errors.

There are proponents of Obamacare who are endlessly optimistic, and offer enduring patience as one of the solutions.

There has been a growing discontent among those not of the mind that given more time the Affordable Care Act will work. If that is the case, there is sufficient time to place matters on hold and delay certain mandates while the law is modified to give authority to redirect the law as needed.

To push on in the face of serious doubt and to ignore the possible demise of the entire act would not  be more than foolhardy. 

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