Even people who think the Affordable Care Act is a non-Constitutional abomination largely agree — for the most part and for most people — that voting is a constitutional right. And yet when today we still have long delays, often lasting hours, and mechanical glitches affecting votes cast, these critics are largely silent.
Some states have even taken the extra step to make voting more difficult by pulling back early voting periods, requiring photo ids, and the like. These steps often endorsed and pursued by the regressive right, so perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that the same group jumps on glitches on the ACA website as a sign that the entire program is flawed.
Let’s agree that the website problems are indeed problems and perhaps most of these could have been avoided. But let’s not confuse the website for the law. Just because you hit bad traffic on the way to your favorite restaurant doesn’t mean your restaurant is going to serve a bad meal when you get there.
However, if we are going to hold people accountable for poorly run systems, why don’t we get up in arms over the systematic problems with voting, justice, immigration and more?
We know the answer to that. The issue isn’t poorly served citizens trying to access Obamacare. The issue is Obamacare itself.
Keep things in perspective.
- Obamacare Not The First New Program To Have Launch Problems (huffingtonpost.com)
- Jared Bernstein: Health Reform Implementation: A Little Historical Perspective, Please (huffingtonpost.com)
- Nothing Ted Cruz Said About the ACA Today Is True (thenation.com)