What will Republicans do once the Obamacare computer problem is resolved?


Steve Benen ENVISIONS a likely turn of events that could leave Republicans in a quandary:

The political establishment has obviously been deeply invested this week in exploring the technical problems associated with the Affordable Care Act’s website, and the glitches are now the core Republican message. But there’s always been a serious flaw with the GOP’s strategy.
For one thing, tech troubles don’t reflect on the underlying merits of “Obamacare” itself. For another, as some in the party are starting to realize, website glitches, no matter how severe or systemic, can be fixed…
I get the sense that GOP officials, feeling desperate after their party’s standing went into free fall after their government shutdown, saw website glitches as a life-preserver. Don’t ask too many questions, they said, just hold on before we sink even further.
But as the storm subsides, Republicans find themselves adrift with an unhelpful floatation device. They’re not only attacking a health care law that’s far more popular than they are, they’re also relying heavily on a problem with a finite end. Assuming the website issues can be resolved in a reasonable amount of time, GOP lawmakers will be left with the “We still don’t like it” talking point, which the American mainstream probably won’t find especially persuasive.


  1. The sooner the computer problems get fixed, the better. Then we can concentrate on real issues like:

    1. ObamaCare forcing small businesses to cut back on employee hours and delaying hiring of new employees.

    2. What is the purpose of the medical device tax that ultimately just makes health care even more expensive?

    3. Why is their an individual mandate? No one is going to sign up for this thing on their own who don’t need it. Instead, they will just pay a nominal fine, which doesn’t raise much revenue.

    4. Liberals are complaining how tort reform “only saves about 2% of health care costs?” Well, why not enact it and start saving that 2%?

    5. Why can’t we buy insurance across state lines?

    6. Why does the government feel the need to force people to register for health insurance before browsing potential plans?

    So as usual, Benen is wrong. We have plenty to talk about.

  2. two more…

    7. Why was the government so insistent on pushing through a 1/2 completed project knowing that it will ultimately frustrate people trying to obtain health insurance?

    8. What is the government response to the hundreds of thousands of people that have had their health insurance dropped from their employers because they told their people to sign up on the ObamaCare exchanges, only to find out their plans offered are significantly worse? People were sold on the idea that “they could keep their existing plan” and “their health insurance would be cheaper.”

  3. two more…

    9. Do we really need a death panel an “Independent Payment Advisory Board” which seeks to only limit health care coverage options? Even former DNC Chair Howard Dean doesn’t like the board concept, so you know it’s trouble.

    10. Why can’t Congress be forced to go onto the health insurance exchanges? If anything, forcing lawmakers to use them would help expedite resolving the many problems with the exchanges.

  4. thehereandnow1

    Neftali, according to the Principles of P-Man, you are a racist bigot-boy wingnut for being negative about this. Who do you think you are spouting factual comments. You probably don’t even know where France is.

    Regardless, you bring up many valid points which the left refuses to address. Though I wouldn’t be holding your breath on the website being fixed soon. What’ll probably end up happening is these ‘glitches’ will become ‘features’ and we’ll be told that’s how it’s supposed to be.

  5. Everything would be just fine if the press moved on, it has worked in the past.

    “Sorry liberals, Obamacare’s problems go much deeper than the Web site
    By Ezra Klein,
    “There’s been a rash of commentary from some on the left who’ve decided that the real problem with Obamacare isn’t the crippling technological issues that have made it impossible for almost anyone to enroll in the federally run health-insurance exchanges but the media’s coverage of those problems.
    It’s not the crime, it’s the lack of a cover-up.”
    “The complaint takes different forms.

    Salon’s Joan Walsh frames it instrumentally. The coverage, she writes, “only aids [the] unhinged right.” In this telling, the problem with reporting on Obamacare’s problems is that it helps Obamacare’s enemies.”

    Gosh we can’t have objective reporting from the left, it hurts the administration.

  6. thehereandnow1

    Oh no Pat! Those dastardly evildoers at FoxNews have infiltrated other areas!





    I guess there are a lot more ‘bigot-boys’ out there now aren’t there P-to-the-A-to-the-T?

    But please, come on here and tell us how we’re all wrong. That this thing is the greatest thing for America since the Declaration of Independence. Call us all racist bigot boys for saying negative things about the Blameless One.

    Hmmm, I wonder who B.O.’s gonna blame this time? Of course you just know he’ll claim he never knew, and that some underling failed to tell him that what he was saying wasn’t true.

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