Is Obamacare Finally Turning the Corner?
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  • brad lena

    if the administration has a choice between the truth and politically expedient lie it will choose the lie

  • rpm73

    A small quibble, but I think the headline should be edited to read “Is the ObamaCare *Website* Finally Turning the Corner?”

  • Fat_Man

    The administration has already demonstrated a lack of candor about Obamacare and its implementation. I think we should not say that it has turned a corner, or what kind of corner it has turned, until such time, if ever, as it actually has turned a corner.

  • ljgude

    The implosion of a large software project isn’t like a military surge of elite troops. Even if you throw top programmers at a stalled project it was discovered at IBM in the 70s that the project slows down. The Mythical Man Month tells the story. I believe the fixers that have been called in would have read that book, and may have found a way to avoid making the problem worse. But a software problem that big isn’t going away just because the end of the month rolls around. I would expect more of what we are getting now – gradual improvement. I think WRM is right to say that we don’t yet know how the ACA will work out. I think that process has clearly been delayed by the computer problems and I think the delay is likely to reduce the final effectiveness of the law. What will be critical for the bill’s future is what percentage of people end up paying more or are forced to accept poorer coverage or both. They will be very unhappy. The more of them the worse for the new system. Then there are those who end up paying the fine. They will not be happy either. The more of them the more the rest will have to pay. The bill may muddle through, but it seems to me to have some really major built in flaws that could …er let’s say…. unhorse it.

  • Kevin

    I suspect Dec 1 is not the crucial deadline, early January will be. That is the point people who have bought (or tried to buy or thought they bought) shiny new Obamacare insurance will start going to doctors, pharmacies and hospitals. If their insurance doesn’t cover them it will be a much bigger deal than a broken website. If the rumors that insurance companies aren’t getting data from the website or it is so corrupt they can’t process enrollments are true, and thus people who thought they had coverage don’t in fact have it, this will begin a whole new level of failure for the rollout. Buggy websites are one thing, people denied care or coverage will be a PR disaster.

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