If you haven’t heard, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. Of course, the president said all the right things about how great she was. Blah, blah, blah. I will let others debate that. My issue still goes back to the jewel of this administration, which is the Affordable Care Act. Here is what Sebelius now says about the Oct 1 launch (my comments in parenthesis):
“Clearly, the estimate that it was ready to go Oct. 1 was just flat out wrong” (Really? You think so? So why was it launched?)
“Well, I think there’s no question — and I’ve said this many times — that the launch of the website was terribly flawed and terribly difficult” (Is anyone else bothered by the arrogance of our government doing whatever it wants and then admitting their guilt with an attitude of arrogance?)
“People have competitive choices and real information for the first time ever in this insurance market” (Competitive? The prices for these plans are ATROCIOUS! And why can we still not shop across state lines? Why are there no commercials that say for 15 minutes you can save 15% on Humana or Cigna health insurance?)
And, lastly, what “real information” is Sebelius talking about? No one knows how many newly insured there are vs. people who lost insurance and then bought new and shittier plans. Remember, the “back end” of the system to figure this out is not done yet. Once again, I believe that believe the people in charge blew it (hence why Sebelius is resigning) and should be ashamed of themselves for passing this expensive piece of crap off on the public. “Afffordable” heath care my ass. I have yet to find a middle class person tell me that their “skin and bones” plan they bought through the exchange was cheaper. Just the opposite. Everyone has a massive deductible, are paying huge monthly premiums and and don’t want to come into the doctor’s office because of it. Nice legacy, Kathy.