We had a magical Obamacare limbo period of two months, Dana Milbank columnizes, in which the HealthCare.gov Web site was so faulty one could hardly say the exchanges had been implemented at all. But now, with the Web site working like we thought it would two months ago, it’s gone too far to repeal. Repeal and replace, which seems to be the Republican strategy still, would probably result in more complication and confusion than just going ahead with the current complication and confusion.
As Macbeth said of his 11th-century Scottish health-care reform:
I am in blood
Stepp’d in so far that, should I wade no more,
Returning were as tedious as go o’er.
Dr. Macbeth is such an experienced surgeon that he compares walking through different amounts of blood in terms of how bored he will get. The boring option he chooses, incidentally, is killing his enemy’s wife and small children so the enemy will want to come kill him. Some people do very poorly with boredom. Let’s all be glad Macbeth didn’t try to get on HealthCare.gov in October.
Milbank seals the deal by comparing talking points: the White House is burbling about the Web site now, and Republicans are changing the subject. But commentary Republicans, unlike House Republicans, haven’t stopped discussing the Web site fail:
The website is fixed? Really? How about the complete lack of security of personal information entered into the site? How about the garbled information reaching the insurance companies resulting in many people thinking they signed up for insurance, but have not?
Why, just yesterday in The Post:
“The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.”
DCSelfDetermination says even without the options of repeal and a Supreme Court challenge, however, Republicans have more ways to fight:
The U.S. Supreme court refused to hear the Liberty University challenge to the employer insurance mandate. It is here to stay. But we still have another government shutdown on the horizon in January.
FR11 still thinks the death panels are going to happen. Like fetch:
And then there are of course the death panels that Mark Halperin belatedly acknowledged. Obama lied, and Granny is sentenced to death by the government. Enjoy that.
PostScript was unfamiliar with this incident but is happy to report that’s not what Halperin said at all.
And two commenters have radically simple plans to deal with Obamacare:
CMBC1 is so stressed about Obamacare his or her only option is to leave America outright:
I am one physician leaving this mess of medicine here early. I look forward to treating others in the third world without the overlay of bureaucracy and the sense of entitlement. I recommend that other physicians do the same and go abroad to serve the very poor. Get back to medicine and patients and why we went into this profession.
Bora Bora has a medical plan you probably don’t need insurance for:
Ibuprofen, 400mg. Who needs www.healthcare.gov.
PostScript is going to try that, what with the price of prescription eye of newt these days.