It’s fun and easy to slam the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange system based on implementation delays, but it’s also a little childish.
The PPACA exchange system may or may not be poorly designed, poorly implemented and poorly run, but the reality is that the print publications feeding into LifeHealthPro.com have been running articles about insurance trade groups promoting the idea of state governments, or the federal government, setting up health insurance exchange programs for decades.
If the exchange concept is a fiendish Communist plot, it’s a Communist plot that’s pulled the bright red Marxist wool over the eyes of many people who think of themselves as Republicans.
And the human beings setting up the exchange programs seem, in general, to be nice, hard-working, tired, well-meaning people who may not necessarily like everything about the PPACA exchange program rules any better than the House Republicans do, but they got shouted down at a meeting and are stuck having to be loyal soldiers and pretend they like the rules.
And, another issue is the idea that PPACA will really do anything other than (possibly) improve the situation of poor people and sick people, which is a little naive.
The main point of PPACA is to create a PPACA II Development Gladiatorial Arena, where folks with money and power (insurers, brokers, doctors, hospitals, employers, government agencies, consumer groups, trade groups, lobbying firms and healthy people with incomes over 400 percent of the federal poverty level) can bash one another’s heads in without getting their blood all over the poor people and the sick people.
So: Delays, shmelays. Until the delays get outrageously long and frequent, who cares. Lots of stuff in life gets delayed.