Isaiah Webster

Tag: Affordable Care Act

Uninsured rate drops 4.2% under “Obamacare”

HEALTH INSURANCE

The U.S. Congress, now fully controlled by the Republican Party, began its 114th session yesterday. And despite the historic success of the Affordable Care Act, the majority will begin anew with attempts to gut, and even repeal the law. Indisputable facts are the best weapons against Republican attempts to claim that the ACA isn’t working as intended. Gallup reports that the uninsured rate is down 4.2% since the president signed the ACA into law. And this success is happening despite the fact that many conservative states are still refusing to expand Medicaid.

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Predictable snag with healthcare.gov leads to more faux outrage

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I hate stupid people.

Today is the final day of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, and healthcare.gov has gone offline twice because its been overwhelmed by users. As many as a million people may have been using the site at any given time in the last 24 hours. Once the site went down, the predictable criticisms began immediately. For a website that’s had so many problems, it’s stupid to expect the system would not become overwhelmed by the shear volume of people on it today.

But there’s even more stupidity. Given all the issues that healthcare.gov has experienced, why would anyone wait until the very last day to sign up online? And why would said person have any expectation that everything would run smoothly? Keep in mind, open enrollment has been going on for five months; and for a large portions of that time, the prevailing narrative has been the poor functionality of the website. Only a stupid person would expect not to encounter problems in this last, mad dash to the finish line.

The bottom line: Spare me the faux outrage about the website being down for a brief period today. People complaining are those who are opposed to the law anyway. These are people who look for any reason to complain about the ACA. These folks have been bitching about this law for 4 years, and even though it’s here to stay, they keep dreaming that it will be repealed. You guessed it — they’re stupid, too.