ObamaCare Clusterfuck: In which lambert apologizes for being prematurely correct
We're only a week into the
loud thud "soft launch" anyhow, so it's way too soon for a victory lap. In fact, victory means replacing ObamaCare with a truly universal system that treats health care as a right instead of an opportunity for rental extraction, so it's a ways off. I have to go on to write real posts on ObamaCare, so I'm not going to give linky goodness or quotes, or dance on anybody's grave [sigh], but links to back up claims on request.
That said, if you've been reading Corrente, you've seen the following claims, all of which have turned out to be true (and none, not one of which have been covered by the career "progressive" blogs or mentioned by Obama apologists, let alone Democratic loyalists)*:
1. The software development process for the Exchanges was borked: It was rushed, and subject to last minute changes from "management" (the White House);
2. There would be significant systems integration problems on the back end;
3. Credit reporting agency data is bad data, and that will cause problems for eligibility determination;
4. Access to health care through the policies on the Exchanges is a crapshoot; it's arbitrary and capricious, instead of being a right guaranteed universally to all.
If you've been reading Corrente since the single payer battle in 2009-2010, you'll remember Hipparchia's serial brutal takedowns of the Dartmouth study, which demolished the intellectual foundations for ObamaCare's claim to "bend the cost curve." And recently we've been seeing other Correntians joining in the fun, with Teresa showing how hospitals are gaming the in- and out-of-network coverage, and Alexa and others reporting on their own experiences. More like this please!
ObamaCare's "soft launch" Clusterfuck --- just as we had to pass the bill to find out what was in it, we had to launch the site to see whether it worked -- seems to have rocked the White House spinmeisters back on their heels, amazingly enough (or else it's the shutdown/default crisis), and we will never get a better opportunity to get people to cast a skeptical eye on this program and demand better.
So I urge everybody, when faced with ObamaCare marketing spin, to use the information and talking points developed here, in years of work, to correct the record and push for the better alternative.* I especially urge you to write letters to the editor, since they're read by Congress critters, and really get noticed by your peers in a way that online stuff does not (and in a good way). I'm going off to write one now...
NOTE * I run with a technical crowd, and I've found that this line: "Anybody with international experience knows what good health care can be." Then we talk about Canada, France, or Switzerland.