OK, we’ve given this whole health care reform thing long enough; it’s obviously not going to work. I say scrap it. It’s been what… 6 weeks already, and not everybody has enrolled yet. What the hell are they waiting for? I know around my house when there’s a bill with a due date on it, I always send it in 3 weeks early. Always. That’s just basic human nature. Nobody waits ‘til the last minute. That’s why there are never any lines at the post office on April 15th.
Anyway, there’s a report in the Washington Post (aka the print version of 60 Minutes) today that, according to an anonymous official, healthcare.gov still won’t be able to handle the traffic by the end of the month. If you can’t trust unnamed sources, who can you trust? And besides, there has never been a government program, especially one of this magnitude, that didn’t go off without a hitch or a glitch. Never. Everything was always hunky dory, dead solid perfect from Day One.
Then of course our government officials, past and present, had to get in on the act. Given cover by aspiring First Man and Finger-In-The-Wind-In-Chief Bill Clinton, a group of can’t see further than the next election and the last public opinion poll Democratic Senators, led by Diane Feinstein, has a proposal that will allow insurance companies to keep selling their crap policies that don’t cover anything. Because President Obama promised, dontcha know. And this would be the first time in American history that a politician made a promise they were unable to keep. Don’t want to break that streak now. (That sound you hear is President Obama yelling “Thanks a lot” from the undercarriage of the bus.)
So I say screw it, if you can’t get it right in 6 weeks, it’ll never be right. The ACA was a good idea but it’s just unworkable and unfixable. Time to throw it on the scrap heap. Let’s just put everything back like it was and return to the golden days of yesteryear. Basic minimum requirements and consumer protections in health insurance policies? Perish the fucking thought.
So all the folks who finally found insurance they can afford on the exchanges and all those with pre-existing conditions who were hoping to get coverage–too bad. Stopping the whining and bitching from the handful of people who saw their shit policies cancelled or their premiums go up (things that never happened pre-ACA) takes precedent over your need for insurance. You 400,000 people who have signed up for Medicaid? Tough shit. Maybe you’ll hit the lottery someday and you can afford insurance. Until then re-assume your position waiting in the emergency room.
The next time somebody tries to reform health care–maybe 20, 30, 40 years from now– learn a lesson from all this. Single payer or nothing at all.