Close Close
Popular Financial Topics Discover relevant content from across the suite of ALM legal publications From the Industry More content from ThinkAdvisor and select sponsors Investment Advisor Issue Gallery Read digital editions of Investment Advisor Magazine Tax Facts Get clear, current, and reliable answers to pressing tax questions
Luminaries Awards

Life Health > Health Insurance > Health Insurance

On the Third Hand: The doers

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

Of course, anyone who thinks hard about the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange enrollment sites — or looks at the exchange implementation sites, with their position papers about inclusive gender descriptors and Old Sanskrit cultural linguistic competency — knows that House Republicans must be rank amateurs when it comes to hating the PPACA exchange program managers.

The House Republicans may not even actually hate either the exchanges or the program designers. For them, this is all about business. If Obama had set up a big new program for distributing pictures of cute babies, House Committees would now be organizing hearing after hearing probing the Obama administration’s strategy for identifying and photographing cute babies.

No, the people who truly hate the exchange program managers — hate, hate, hate, hate them, with more italics, and maybe boldface type, and some exclamation points — are the bright, over-educated, under-assertiveness-trained worker bees inside the project development teams who’ve actually been trying to get the exchange sites to work.

The practical, somewhat depressed people who were not actually good team players; who complained too much, who dared to say once too often that they lacked the tools, time and competent colleagues needed to accomplish Goal X by Date Y; who faced 25 completely conflicting “top priorities”; who were endlessly delegated to, but could not re-delegate to others, because there was no one with a clue to re-delegate to.

Chances are that these folks have about the same distribution of views about the idea of PPACA and the exchange program concept as members of the general project development population.

They are probably at every level of the exchange program food chain, from exchange call centers on up to the White House.

Tonight, when they get home from the 23-hour day they spent while trying to make up for the confusion, change orders and chaos less realism-oriented managers caused, they’ll think, “I told them so!” to their bedroom ceilings.

To any of you folks out there reading this: Please eat a cookie and watch a few episodes of “The Adventures of Merlin,” and pretend I sent them to you. If I could have, I would have.

See also:


© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.