My latest column is up at AND Magazine!
Here is an excerpt:
For years now, the debate over health care has raged in American politics, but the odd and somewhat ironic thing about the ongoing debate about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is that it isn’t really about health care at all. Obamacare is all about health insurance; as if insurance is the be-all and end-all to fixing America’s health care system.
Since the complete and utter failure that was the Healthcare.gov rollout in early October, the primary focus of the Obamacare debate has been on the failings of the federal website – and while the problems with the website are many and the most visible reminder of just how bad Obamacare is, the problems with the website only represent a few of the higher-level problems that live on the surface of the Affordable Care Act.
This is the thing that Americans need to remember as Obamacare continues to move forward: even if the Obama administration manages to fix the Healthcare.gov website by the end of November, as they initially promised, or even if they fix it by the end of the year or sometime next year, fixing the website will not even begin to fix all that is wrong with the Democrats’ health care law.
In response to tremendous public pressure – primarily in the form of dropping poll numbers and degrading support from his media allies, President Obama announced what has widely been dubbed an “administrative fix” to the widespread issue of Americans’ individual health plans being cancelled by their insurance companies. His “fix,” like pretty much every other “fix” that Democrats have proposed thus far, involves pushing off the problem until after the next election cycle. With no legal authority to do so, President Obama decided to decree that, for another year, insurers may renew health plans that do not live up to the over-stringent requirements imposed by the Affordable Care Act.
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