“Where, oh, where has Obamacare gone? Where, oh where, can it be? An exemption here, and a delay there, oh where oh where can it be?”
Does anyone know the status of the “Affordable” Care Act? Who, exactly, is required to obey the law? Big business? No. Medium sized business? No. Small? Don't know yet. Health insurers? Apparently not. Unions? Of course not. Congressional staff members? Nope.
I ask you, is this any way to run one-sixth of the American economy, the sector that is arguably the most important to the citizens because it effects, you know, their lives?
One has to laugh to keep from crying.
In addition, the MD Obamacare exchange is a disaster, although you wouldn't know that if you rely on our local daily paper and television news.
The contractor that was paid hundreds of millions of dollars to create the website has been fired (are we going to get any of that money back?). The Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post and WBAL have reported that the O'Malley administration, including Lt. Gov. Brown, whose job was to oversee the MD exchange, were warned a year in advance that the website was a glitchy mess and that tens of thousands of Marylanders would lose their private insurance, but they chose to ignore the warnings and continued to boast that the Maryland system would be the best in the nation. Apparently, Lt. Gov. Brown, who wants to be our next governor, has more loyalty to the Obama Administration than to the citizens of his own state.
The original goal for sign-ups was 260,000. Recently, that goal was reduced to 160,000 so the state could say it met the goal. Of the signups, the vast majority are for Medicaid; as of February 22nd, less than 36,000 had signed up for private insurance. The Marylanders who lost their private insurance because of Obamacare and were unable to sign up for insurance on the state exchange are now being reimbursed for medical expenses by, you guessed it, the taxpayers.
Anyone who thinks this is a success is not dealing from a full deck.