Hindsight 20/20 for Obamacare

Column

Most everyone knows by now that the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, most commonly known as Obamacare, has been anything but smooth. Website problems have haunted the system and Obama’s dishonesty about individuals being allowed to keep their plans has haunted his presidency.

During the battle over the government shutdown and debt default, one would think that the Senate Democrats would have asked one simple question to the right people: Is it ready?

Even the administration seems to have failed to ask that question to the right people.

I realize that hindsight is 20/20, but if that question had been asked, the Senate Democrats could have taken the out given to them by House Republicans and delayed the rollout by a year.

This would not only have ended the shutdown days earlier than it did, allowing furloughed workers to go back to work sooner, but it would have also avoided the hacksaw now chopping away at Obama’s presidency and signature law.

In addition, it may have been politically advantageous.

It seems that to most, the House Republicans were to blame for the long shutdown. But if the Democrats bent just a little, it could have made them look mature and responsible for compromising so early, and more importantly, it would have provided an additional year to make sure the rollout was successful.

Many democrats and citizens depending on the ACA would have been upset, but that is not nearly as bad as the lashing the administration is taking for getting it out while still making it impossible for those needing healthcare to get it.