The same old Republican frauds are at it again, going after the Affordable Care Act-- indefinitely-- milking the website issues as long as they can... because that's all they've got. They have nothing of substance to offer. They're desperate, and they're losing.
They have no jobs bills, no viable alternative to Obamacare, no nothin'. Actually, a whole lot of nothin'.
Meanwhile, the new health care plan's popularity is rising as the Republicans' poll numbers are tanking. Did I mention insurance giant WellPoint, a key player in the Obamacare rollout, is upbeat about the exchanges?
But that doesn't faze those on the right. I called them frauds earlier, but I could have easily said "hypocrites." Think Progress elaborates:
Millions of Americans try to enroll in health care benefits during the first days of a new government health care program. They rely on indispensable government website that had been “pitched as a high-tech way” to sort through available coverage options. They’re encountering countless glitches and technical errors: the website freezes, displays incorrect plan information and sends insurers erroneous reports.
Administration officials — clearly caught off guard by the surge of technical difficulties — respond to “tens of thousands of complaints” from angry beneficiaries and promise to “fix every problem as quickly possible.”
Oh noes! What a mess, right? President Obama should be impeached and his idiotic health care reform plan should be scrapped NOW!
Except for one thing.
That all happened in 2005 and 2006 when the Bush administration tried to implement the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
And some of the same hypocrites who are pointing fingers and screaming for repeal today "gave the Bush administration a pass and urged Americans not to pre-judge such a complicated process." Reps. Joe Barton, Tim Murphy, Michael Burgess, and Phil Gingrey for example.
Maybe they should substitute the name "Obama" for "Bush" in the sentence below and rethink their painfully obvious duplicity:
Ultimately, the Bush administration fixed the law’s technical glitches, but more than half of the beneficiaries who ended up signing up for insurance didn’t do so until after the first of the year. Significantly, they signed up for coverage despite the Bush administration’s well-publicized initial glitches in extending coverage to low-income beneficiaries.