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Opinion: Obamacare total is a pitiful number

Special to SEGAZINE

No wonder why President Obama didn’t want to tell Americans how many people have enrolled in Obamacare through its troubled website, which opened for business Oct. 1.

According to The Washington Post, only about 40,000 people signed up for health insurance in the past six weeks.

That’s deplorable. And embarrassing. It’s what Sanford Stadium at the University of Georgia looks like when it’s less than half full.

It’s also no wonder why a growing number of Democrats in Congress who are up for election next year are demanding changes. This may be Mr. Obama’s last term. But they don’t want to go down in flames, as voters hold them accountable for serious flaws in his signature piece of legislation.

The White House had expected to have at least 500,000 people enrolled by now. It’s not even close.

Worse, there’s no reliable indication of when HealthCare.gov will be working.

To add to the administration’s woes, the Obamacare “navigators” who are helping people enroll in person do not have to pass a criminal background check to do these jobs. That means personal information is being collected by workers who may have broken the law.

Such a security risk wouldn’t be tolerated in the private sector, which deals with sensitive data and has safeguards in place to protect individual privacy. The federal government must not tolerate it either.

Meanwhile, leave it to former President Bill Clinton to give Mr. Obama some sage advice this week: Keep your promise.

Mr. Clinton said the president should honor his oft-repeated pledge to Americans that if they liked their health plans, then they can keep them under Obamacare. That clearly hasn’t been the case, as thousands of people have received cancellation notices from their insurance carriers.

“So I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got,” Mr. Clinton said.

House Republicans, as well as some Senate Democrats, are planning legislation that would allow people losing their current coverage to keep their plans.

But that’s Plan C.

Plan B should be delaying the individual mandate. Plan A should be amending the entire law and coming up with a better plan.

via Cherokee Tribune

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