Obamacare Incompetence

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(Time) Let me try to understand this: The key incentive for small businesses to support Obamacare was that they would be able to shop for the best deals in health care super-stores—called exchanges. The Administration has had 3 years to set up these exchanges. It has failed to do so.

This is a really bad sign. There will be those who argue that it’s not the Administration’s fault. It’s the fault of the 33 states that have refused to set up their own exchanges. Nonsense. Where was the contingency planning? There certainly are models, after all—the federal government’s own health benefits plan (FEHBP) operates markets that exist in all 50 states. So does Medicare Advantage. But now, the Obama Administration has announced that it won’t have the exchanges ready in time, that small businesses will be offered one choice for the time being—for a year, at least. No doubt, small business owners will be skeptical of the Obama Administration’s belief in the efficacy of the market system to produce lower prices through competition. That was supposed to be the point of this plan.

Certainly, the Republicans who have stood in the way of these exchanges—their own idea, by the way, born in the conservative Heritage Foundation—deserve a great deal of the “credit” for the debacle. But we are now seeing weekly examples of this Administration’s inability to govern.

Tell us something we don’t know. Obama has failed to govern during his 4+ years in office.  He really hasn’t bothered. It’s been one long neverending campaign. We have a 2000+ page piece of legislation that was still extremely open ended, resulting (so far) in over 20,000 pages of regulations. When writing Obamacare no one sat back and said “so, um, how will this be implemented? Can it be?” Nor did anyone ask “can the Obama administration actually get it done with Obama at the helm? The guy has little clue as to getting anything other than campaigning done. Look at the economy, for one.”

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9 Responses to “Obamacare Incompetence”

  1. Kevin says:

    It sounds like he’s offering a single type of insurance for everyone. That’s what people who support government controlled health care wanted to see anyway.

    I think he’s only acting incompetent to begin to rope us into standardized national health care.

  2. You could have a point there.

    But, never chalk up to deviousness what can be explained by incompetence, malfeasance, and laziness.

  3. gitarcarver says:

    A few months ago, the state of Maryland was estatic that the exchange was being set up in that state. Their rational was that the exchanges would create jobs.

    Conservatives warned that the increase in goverment jobs would result in a drop in private sector jobs which would be forced out of the market.

    Sure enough, that is what happened.

    The issue was never about healthcare.

    It was always about governmental control of people’s choices as well trying to control a free market.

    Liberals hate freedom.

  4. Dana says:

    The Administration has had 3 years to set up these exchanges. It has failed to do so.

    The President has a budget due every year, in February; it’s April now, and still no budget has been produced.

    And it’s not like the President has to do any hard work on this: he gives basic directions, his cabinet secretaries flesh them out a bit, and them OMB does the detail work. They’re (supposedly) professionals, they’re used to this job, but it’s still not done yet.

  5. john says:

    The economy ? Gee the Dow doubled under him. Now job creation Teach is that something that BIG GOVERNMENT should do ? Or is tha up to the job creators in the free market. American corporations have had record profits and have not chosen to hire new workers, just make the workers work harder. As a capitalist ( someone who believe in the accumulation and preservation of capital) workers and dreaded UNIONS are really not something to be worried about. PROFITS and shareholder value, that is the most important thing, isn’t it? Profits and shareho;der vale have skyrocketed under Obama.

  6. gitarcarver says:

    Once again john, the Dow is not an indicator of economic health. It never has been. So while you keep trumpeting that as something great, you fail to address that profits as a percentage of investment are way down. That is not healthy for the economy. In fact john, most evonomists are saying this rise in the Dow is a false indicator to the masses which is leading to a collaspe – another recession fueled by liberal policies. You fail to address that the debt as a percentage of GDP continues to rise as we spend more and more. Such a high percentage is unsustainable. While most people don’t want the government making jobs, ypu fail to address that the goverment through regulations and mandates can stiffle job creation in the private sector. That is what has happened now, but you refuse to address that fact. Finally, despite your love of unions, once again in Wisconsin, the people rejected an effort by unions to remove a Supreme Court justice which would have led to the repeal of government reforms dealing with unions.

    In other words, as usual, your view of the world doesn’t match reality.

  7. gitarcarver says:

    And by the way john, in case you missed it, unemployment hit a four month high last month including 0 -that’s zero – jobs in the housing construction industry.

    Not the recovery ypu claim, is it?

  8. Gumball_Brains says:


    the state of Maryland was estatic that the exchange was being set up in that state. Their rational was that the exchanges would create jobs

    How can anyone in their ever-lovin right mind think that a webpage that collects data from various insurance companies, oh, I dunno.. like Insureweb.com, could create jobs? Why is no one talking about how there are hundreds of private websites that already collect pricing information for insurance companies?

    Why would anyone, who can turn their brain on, think the government and regulation can do a better job at a website?

    Our nation is so screwed.

    Speaking of which Gitarcarver…. I’m still awaiting for the Senate and the PResident to be held accountable for breaking the laws of our Constitution with regards to our budget and power-grabs.

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