Archive for April 11, 2014

So President Obama announced Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation today.

On his new website, Vox, Ezra Klein wrote an article about it yesterday, titled, “Kathleen Sebelius is resigning because Obamacare has won.”

Calls for Sebelius’s resignation were almost constant after Obamacare’s catastrophic launch. The problem wasn’t just that Sebelius had presided over the construction of a fantastically expensive web site that flatly didn’t work. It was that she didn’t know healthcare.gov was going to instantly, systemically fail. And so the White House didn’t know that healthcare.gov was going to instantly, systemically fail. The demands that Sebelius to step down — or be fired — were as deafening inside the building as outside of it.

But President Obama refused. As National Journal’s Major Garrett reported, Obama believes that “scaring people with a ceremonial firing deepens fear, turns allies against one another, makes them risk-averse, and saps productivity.” Moreover, there was too much to be done to fire one of the few people who knew how to finish the job. Sebelius would stay. The White House wouldn’t panic in ways that made it harder to save the law.

The evidence has piled up in recent weeks that the strategy worked. Obamacare’s first year, despite a truly horrific start, was a success. More than 7 million people look to have signed up for health insurance through the exchanges. Millions more have signed up through Medicaid. And millions beyond that have signed up for insurance through their employers.

Naturally, conservatives instantly began attacking Klein. Meanwhile, they’re having to come to grips with the reality that a lot of people are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act.

Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, recently penned an op-ed, saying, “Conservatives need this to sink in: America already has a right to a certain minimum of health treatment, which is not going away. It is an expression of compassion and decency. But the only way to credibly offer [conservative alternatives] is to recognize that access to some form of health care is a right in the United States — and was so, long before Obamacare.”

Wow. A conservative talking about compassion and decency? And asserting that access to health care is a right? Statist.

Gerson also tells us, “Conservatives have serious alternatives to Obamacare.” Well, okay. Unfortunately, they’re still… just… not… ready.Yes, this week House Republicans once again delayed their promised rollout of their alternative to ObamaCare. Is anyone surprised?

So now the party line is that April “wasn’t intended to be a formal rollout of a bill, rather a discussion about ideas,” an aide said. But rest assured that they’re continuing to work on it.

It’s so much easier to just vote against stuff you don’t like. This crafting of laws and policies and stuff is hard work!

More Good ACA News

Posted: April 11, 2014 by Marner in Current Events, Health Care
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On top of the news that the ACA has enrolled even more people in health insurance than previously estimated, we have this story from Arkansas:

The Ninth Street Ministries – Medical Care Services Division only – has announced that after serving its community for over 15 years, it will no longer provide services as of April 24, 2014, and as the administrators explain through heavy hearts, “The mission is complete.”

The current Clinic Director, Stacey Bowser, explained there were many mixed emotions involved in the decision but said overall, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the need is no longer present – the patients that the ministry opened for are now being served.

The medical clinic served those found in the gap: Polk County citizens who were unable to obtain insurance but not eligible to receive Medicare or Medicaid. In January, Bowser explained, the clinic saw between 80 and 90 patients, dropping to 14 in February and only 3 in March.

I’m sure when Fox News covers the story it will be about how Obama took these volunteer workers’ jobs away.