Site will be fixed, but law itself is the issue

Yes, the Obamacare website will eventually be fixed. But the bigger problem is the asinine law the website implements, a law born amid secrecy, bribes, dishonesty and without the support of the American people.

Every day, some absurd provision of this law surfaces that we learn destroys jobs, drives up health costs, gives special favors to unions, and solves none of the underlying problems with our health-care system.

Before Obamacare, government made a mess of Medicare, imposed thousands of costly health insurance mandates and created the absurd system of employer-provided health care.

Countless proposals have been advanced that would substantially reform our health system, all rejected by liberals because such plans don't allow the government to dictate every aspect of our health care. The liberals had their chance, and failed.

Let's repeal Obamacare, start over, and build a health system worthy of a free people, and free of the inept politicians. The failure of Obamacare has taught us that our health care is just too important to entrust to government.

Dick Patterson

El Cerrito

Plan rushed into law before it was ready

I think it can be done, perhaps not in a week or two. It was a political mistake to rush it, but not an uncommon one. Businesses do it all the time.


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The ACA was made extremely complex by the insistence that it allow insurance companies to dictate large portions of the bill. This complexity made communicating with millions of pieces of data and different rules extremely difficult. The GOP then spent considerable time trashing ACA.

A handful of states like California immediately began to adapt to the new rules and have been doing fine. The state of Massachusetts has had this format for years and has ironed out the wrinkles. However, had the administration begun by allowing everyone to keep their plans and simply introduced the public option, I think it would have been less troublesome and perhaps politically more palatable.

We do now, however, have universal coverage on the books and if everyone, including the media, steps back and takes a deep breath we will be better off in the end.

Anne Spanier

Alameda

Not likely fixed until officials must use it

If members of the Senate, House and the president and their families were required to also sign up for Obamacare -- as we are all being forced to do -- the country wouldn't be going through all this turmoil and angst over health care.

The Senate, Congress, and the president would be frantically repealing this turkey ASAP.

Dorothy K. Baker

Newark

Law can lead to much better outcomes

This ACA problem reminds me of three years ago when hundreds of seniors were notified that the health plan we liked was no longer available in our area.

The ACA law said no insurance companies could raise premiums without approval, so they just discontinued the Anthem Freedom Blue Plan, which left us scrambling for a new health care coverage just like we went through when the Bush administration and pharmaceutical companies dumped Medicare part D on us.

I have to admit they did me a favor. I went online and started comparing insurance and now have a much better plan where I can see any doctor and use any hospital without primary care referral.

Of course, it cost more, but the security is worth it.

Norma J. Neto

Fremont

Must dump this law, go to single-payer

I think and hope that the Obama administration will not be able to fix the sign-up website or Obamacare. The problem with Obamacare is that it is a flawed Republican policy drafted by the Heritage Foundation and insurance and pharmaceutical industries to line their pockets at the expense of the public.

What is really needed is Medicare for All or a single-payer bill that has cost controls on outrageous fees and prescription prices, as health care and health care costs should not be a marketable commodity.

Furthermore, it is clear that the U.S. has a sickness-creating system, a seriously flawed health care system, as the U.S. is one of the most unhealthy industrial countries and pays much more than anyone else for health care.

What is really needed is a plan to improve the health of Americans and reduce the epidemic of chronic diseases, especially obesity and diabetes, caused by faulty diet and unhealthy food choices.

Larry Fishman

Oakland

Obama's so-called fix doesn't fix anything

The Obamacare fiasco is a perfect example of a major weakness of this administration, and of liberal politicians in general. They are often motivated by laudable objectives without giving any consideration to the costs or practical aspects of implementation.

In isolation, who can disagree with the goal of providing affordable health care to a broader spectrum of the population, especially to those with pre-existing conditions?

But to think that an inept federal bureaucracy, mired in already unsustainable debt and deficits, could effectively replace a system that makes up one-sixth of our economy, while simultaneously reducing the deficit, was extremely naive. And the naiveté continues.

President Barack Obama's "fix" of telling insurance companies they can reinstate canceled policies for one year is the ultimate in naiveté. Saying it's so doesn't make it happen.

It's the equivalent of evicting people from a housing project to build new housing, and then, when the new project is delayed, telling the residents they can move back into the old housing (which has already been torn down).

Bill Lau

Lafayette

New health care law not affordable at all

Probably not, given that President Barack Obama has lied on so many issues, which speaks to his credibility. The website is the least of his problems. What is hurting people is the cost of insurance and the high deductibles.

My wife's insurance jumped from $355 a month to $527 a month, and her deductible went to $12,000 from $3,500. After the deductible was met, she would still be responsible for 40 percent of the cost.

Thankfully, she is a healthy woman. I am covered by group insurance and it would not surprise me that these costs are going to jump dramatically.

Private employers will not absorb these extra costs. They will cut employees off the payroll or find creative ways to reduce these costs.

The ACA is anything but affordable, and when are the masses going to recognize the lies of an incompetent president?

Tony Rodrigues

Alameda

Insurance industry must share blame

While we are all unloading on the president, shouldn't the insurance companies also share some responsibility? The president was certainly familiar with the provisions of his own Affordable Care Act, but he may not have known of the many deficient health policies issued by the insurance industry.

Shortly after the Supreme Court upheld the ACA as being constitutional, the insurance industry could have, and should have, alerted the president and their own policyholders that many of the policies were deficient and would have to be voided.

Those companies remained silent and only saw fit to begin canceling policies after the sign-up period went into effect. They were not very helpful to or thoughtful of the country or their policyholders.

Thomas A. Geisler

Hayward

Pro-Obama media sugarcoats effects

Media still doesn't believe Obamacare will make you sick and broke; that's why it is trying to sugarcoat the intentions.

Leo T. West

San Leandro

The Obama administration hasn't been able to correct the Obamacare law in over two years, what makes people think this disastrous law can be fixed in less than two weeks?

Reason being: Obamacare was concocted on lies and deceit of the American people by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and then forwarded for President Obama's signature, which he did without question. Remember Pelosi's famous statement: Let's pass the bill so we can read after what's in it.

We now know what's in it, and the problem is more than the website, which will require much more than a fix.

Rudolph M. Jimenez

Newark