Obamacare summed up in one sentence

American healthcare needs serious reform, but is Obamacare the answer? Many people beside die hard Republicans are beginning to think not.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and senior staff, react in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, as the House passes the health care reform bill

The BBC does not normally take more than a passing interest in American healthcare issues, but a recent report on its website called the Affordable Care Act, so-called Obamacare, a mess. The big problem at the moment is that its website is not working properly. This is far from unique, many websites have glitches when they go on-line for the first time, but this one could be more serious, requiring substantial recoding.

For some time, allegations of bribery have been levelled at Obamacare including claims that attempts are being made to buy off organised labour. Now, it has been confirmed that one organisation has received a $1 million grant to “collect and distribute to the media personal stories of those who have benefited from the new health insurance exchange rolled out by the Obama Administration October 1”.

Some would call that a bribe, after all, what about those who will not benefit from it, who is being paid to collect their stories?

While Families USA is singing its praises, one doctor turned politician summed up Obamacare in one - admittedly long - sentence. Here is Barbara Bellar telling it like as she sees it. And here is the long version. She is running for office next year, which can’t be a comforting thought to any of Obamacare’s genuine supporters.

[The above article was first published October 25, 2013; the original wasn’t archived.]

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