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Question of the Day
The Affordable Care Act is mired in operational woes and the huge chore of implementation — a phenomenon that has been predicted for months.
“Back in March, at an insurance industry conference in Washington, the problems were apparent. Henry Chao, chief information officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, openly fretted that the exchanges wouldn’t be ready by October,” recalls Avik Roy, a contributor to Forbes.
What did Mr. Choo tell the crowd about the big launch?
“I’m pretty nervous. I don’t know about you. Let’s just make sure it’s not a Third World experience,” he said.
“At the time, Chao’s comment seemed like an attempt at dark humor. One week into the launch of Obamacare, however, it’s not a joke. It’s literally easier to blog from the Kenyan border than to sign up for insurance on Obamacare’s federal exchange,” Mr. Roy says. “Why is this happening? Politics. The Obama administration was more afraid of delaying the launch of Obamacare, than they were of botching it.”
President Obama even appears leery of the site. White House spokesman Jay Carney was unable to confirm or deny Wednesday whether his boss had gone online to the official “Healthcare Marketplace” for a test run.
“I don’t know he’s personally gone on the website,” Mr. Carney said during the daily press briefing.
THE DOCTOR IS IN
Fox News continues to up the ante. Yes, they’ve overhauled their prime-time scheduling and created a pair of new programs. Now comes the addition of columnist, author and humanitarian Dr. Ben Carson as a contributor; he debuted on the network’s new “The Kelly File” on Wednesday evening.
“Dr. Carson is a brilliant neurosurgeon who has dedicated his life to healing others. He also has a broad perspective on what’s going on in the country and his wisdom and provocative viewpoints will make a major contribution to our network,” says Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
The physician’s frank and common-sense observations about politics and Obamacare have won him many fans; numerous “Ben Carson for President” interest groups and websites have sprung up in the past 10 months.
John Philip Sousa IV, the great-grandson of the famous composer, launched the super PAC “National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee” in August, and it is now registered with the Federal Election Commission, complete with website RunBenRun.org.
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