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Obamacare Rollout vs Bush Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Rollout

How fast people forget….

The Bush Medicare Part B- which is still a nightmare to enroll in and compare coverage- had a very rocky start itself.  Funny, how the GOP seems to forget that….

Almost all the same problems impacting the early days of Obamacare, as they call it now,  were there for the Bush rollout as well.

While it would have been nice to have had a seamless launch for both, it’s ultimately the benefits that matter, not how smoothly the program launches.  We have time to fix the glitches….

In other words, get a grip!

From ThinkProgress.org:

Millions of Americans try to enroll in health care benefits during the first days of a new government health care program. They rely on indispensable government website that had been “pitched as a high-tech way” to sort through available coverage options. They’re encountering countless glitches and technical errors: the website freezes, displays incorrect plan information and sends insurers erroneous reports.

Administration officials — clearly caught off guard by the surge of technical difficulties — respond to “tens of thousands of complaints” from angry beneficiaries and promise to “fix every problem as quickly possible.”

This sounds like the familiar story of the last few days of the Obama administration’s rollout of the exchanges. But, actually, those quotes, and that scenario, are taken from the Bush administration’s efforts to implement the Medicare prescription drug benefit in 2005 and 2006.

MORE:   Under Bush, Republicans Vigorously Defended Health Care Reform Despite Serious Glitches | ThinkProgress.

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Why Did Roberts Provide the Key Vote to Preserve “Obamacare”?

An interesting hypothesis from Ezekiel Emanuel and Theodore Ruger in today’s New York Times:

 

Obviously there are other considerations that may have motivated the ruling from Chief Justice Roberts, like not wanting his court to be tarred with another very controversial, politicized decision, but we should not overlook the role his health might have played.

Chief Justice Roberts has a pre-existing condition but is just 57, and thus not eligible for Medicare. Remember his unexplained seizure soon after he became chief justice? If he did not have employer-provided insurance and had to get his own coverage on the individual market, he would be denied health insurance coverage at almost any price. Maybe the appreciation for his precarious insurance status made Chief Justice Roberts more sensitive to the need for the Affordable Care Act and its requirement that insurance be available to all of those with pre-existing conditions.

More:   The Two Big Questions on Health Care – NYTimes.com.

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