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  •  ROBERT REICH: Get a Grip (11+ / 0-)

    Why You Shouldn’t Succumb to Defeatism About the Affordable Care ActFRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2013

    Get a grip.

    If the past is any guide, some fixes will probably be necessary – but so what? Our current healthcare system is the real disaster — the most expensive and least effective among all developed countries, according Bloomberg’s recent ranking. We’d be collectively insane if we didn’t try to overhaul it.

    But we won’t get it perfect immediately. What needs fixing can be fixed. And over time we can learn how to do it better.

    If enrollments are lower than anticipated, the proper response is to keep at it until larger numbers are enrolled. CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, got off to a slow start in 1998. The Congressional Research Service reported “general disappointment … with low enrollment rates early in the program.” CHIP didn’t reach its target level of enrollment for five years. Now it enrolls nearly ninety percent of all eligible children.

    “We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all the other possibilities.” - Winston Chuchill

    by se portland on Wed Jan 01, 2014 at 09:44:30 AM PST

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    •  This approaches my take on things (4+ / 0-)

      though Reich's aloofness is off-putting.  On the other hand, ignoring or minimizing the problems meriting repair does nothing to advance solutions.  ACA significantly restructures the healthcare market.  The Administration and Democrats in Congress need to get in front of the inevitable disruptions with fixes in hand, not carrying on with Reich's "so what?" attitude or savaging their own for shining a light on the matter.

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