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Healthcare website woes vanish from the news
Dec 11th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Obamacare narrative

morphs into

good-news story

Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sibelius took most of the blame for the Obamacare rollout debacle.

PERHAPS THE most difficult task for untrained news consumers is to see what is not there.
It is not an easy thing to learn. But here’s an example.
For more than six weeks, the story about problems with the federal web site created to enroll in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act dominated the front pages – and the entire news cycle.
Now it is gone.
It may be a tad too early to declare victory – unforeseen problems may yet arise – but this was a completely foreseeable development.
With the president’s entire legacy at stake, all the resources of the federal government were harnessed. It would have been a fool’s errand to wager they would not succeed.


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SINGLE-PAYER: The ultimate solution to the healthcare mess

MEDICARE FOR ALL WOULD SOLVE THE PROBLEMS WITH OBAMACARE
With President Obama himself admitting that the enormously complicated Affordable Care Act is enormously flawed, the time has come to consider a much simpler, proven and effective remedy.
It is time to put back on the table a national health insurance proposal – Medicare for All – that has not been given a public airing.
Before the current disaster, Medicare for All may have had no chance of surviving the onslaught by the enormously powerful vested interests.
In view of the events of the past six weeks, however, the American people now deserve an open discussion of the most obvious solution.


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Healthcare reform’s most unlikely winner: India

COUNTRY’S PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY EYES VAST EXPANSION
The most surprising beneficiary of healthcare reform is not even in America.
India and its pharmaceutical industry is gearing up for a massive expansion as millions of new prescriptions are written for generic drugs covered under the new insurance policies.
But consumers and investors need to exercise considerable caution. It is not at all clear that imported generic drugs are safe and effective. It is even less clear which of the manufacturers have unblemished records.


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OBAMACARE: Doomsayer’s prognostications are premature

NEW HEALTHCARE SYSTEM FLAWED BUT CAN BE FIXED
Now that attention has shifted from the disastrous government shutdown, the problems with the rollout part of the Affordable Care Act reforms are coming into full view.
In fact, the problems are a sign of Obamacare’s success, not its failure. The demand for health insurance has been so great it overwhelmed the system.
The next few weeks will be critical, but the “can-do” approach of the president on Monday is what is needed and what seems to be forthcoming. The problems will be fixed, and come January 1 millions more Americans will have affordable health insurance for the first time.
It is a welcome development.


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DELICIOUS IRONY: Obamacare ‘train wreck’ goes unnoticed, GOP tanks

SHUTDOWN, DEBT CEILING CRISES OBSCURE REALLY SERIOUS PROBLEMS
In a delicious twist of fate, the Republican Party has missed a huge opportunity to capitalize on its opposition to Obamacare and in fact has helped conceal its disastrous rollout.
With the headlines screaming about the “government shutdown” few noticed, till Sunday, the disastrous rollout of healthcare reform.
The damage Republicans have done to themselves over the government shutdown seems likely to come back to haunt them in the 2014 mid-term elections.
If it is riven by internecine warfare, however, the 2014 outcome could prove to be an exception to historical norms.


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GOP’s worst nightmares turning into harsh reality

OBAMACARE SUCCESS MAY YET SPLIT REPUBLICAN PARTY
President Obama’s signature accomplishment in office – what Republicans disparagingly call “Obamacare” – is off to a rousing start and this is the Republican Party’s worst nightmare.
A second unexpected one, however, is that the continuing shutdown of the federal government – and the looming debt ceiling crisis – threaten to split their party into two warring factions.
It’s tempting to gloat – and I would forgive anyone who does – that the nightmare scenarios for the Republican Party are unfolding before their eyes, and they seem powerless to stop them.


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President fights back as Obamacare battle intensifies (with video)

HHS SECRETARY SIBELIUS TOUTS BENEFITS BEING IMPLEMENTED
The battle over the Affordable Care Act – aka Obamcare ¬– threatens to intensify just after Labor Day when Tea Party radicals plan a rally at the House Speaker’s office.
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is fighting back with a public relations blitz.
And a poll released Wednesday found a huge majority of Americans oppose defunding the program.
This is the GOP’s worst nightmare come true, as we reported here Aug. 20.

Due to the Labor Day weekend in the U.S. posting will be light over the next few days. We deserve a break from our labors! Don’t you?


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