Obamacare’s Difficulties Are Disheartening, But Consider This

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    Our nation’s greatest achievements did not come without failures along the way. When I think of such achievements, winning World War II and landing a man on the moon come quickly to mind.

    What the United States accomplished between the bombing of Pearl Harbor and V-J Day is astonishing. But the early months of that war were a string of defeats and set-backs. The Japanese rolled across the Philippines, taking numerous American soldiers prisoner. In North Africa, the inexperienced American troops were no match for Rommel’s forces. Those days were dark indeed.

    By the end of the 1960s, the United States had landed men on the moon –“one small step for a man, one giant step for mankind”– and won the admiration of the world. However, a decade before that, I recall, the pictures from Cape Canaveral were anything but inspiring. Missiles would go through a countdown only to topple and explode when ignition time came, or lift off but fail to go into orbit.

    America worked its way through those failures, however, and went on to do great things.

    Of course, in those times, we did not have a major political party that was not just hoping for failure, but actively working for failure.

    Against that, too, we must persevere.

    • jlmccreery

      As MLK said, “We shall overcome.” When we get our act together, we always do.

    • pvogel

      It has   been         very   good.  I can email the doc,     and  never go in  as i can    email a foto of the problem too

    • Jim B

      NYT website has story that basically says that the health care roll out parallels Bush hurricane response. That is total nonsense. People died in that hurricane. So far the health law is not totally in effect so how can it be compared to a disaster?

      We know the republicans are trying to make the roll out miserable for the democrats, however we don’t need any help from the media aiding the republicans.

    • Connolly Opposes Upton Bill; Reiterates Support for President Obama’s Reasonable Solution to Allow Insurance Companies to Sell Existing Plans

      WASHINGTON – Congressman Gerry Connolly voted Friday against Republican legislation in the House that would have allowed insurance companies to continue selling substandard plans to anyone, including the uninsured, without the new benefits or protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

      “The Upton bill did nothing to address the situation in which some individuals have had their coverage canceled by their insurance provider,” Connolly said. “We cannot allow Americans to be subjected to capricious cancellations, lifetime limits on their coverage, no coverage or unaffordable coverage because of pre-existing conditions and higher premiums based on gender for the same basic coverage.”

      Connolly noted the ACA already grandfathers insurance plans, even substandard plans, individuals had in place prior to March 2010, when the ACA was signed into law.  He said he supported the reasonable solution put forth Thursday by President Obama to extend the grandfathering provisions that will empower insurance companies and state commissioners of insurance to allow those older plans to continue to be offered for one more year.

      The Upton bill marks the 46th time House Republicans have tried to undermine the ACA.