Key Part Of Obamacare Website Going Dark This Weekend
Kimmels stunt illustrates a problem at the core of the argument over healthcare and most other contentious issues in this country: Huge numbers of voters are simply ignorant. Either they simply do not pay attention to public affairs or they uncritically accept all the spin thrown at them by partisan politicians and pundits. This is what has given us the weird phenomenon of big majorities of Americans expressing support for the individual aspects of the Affordable Care Act, even as many of them insist they hate Obamacare. Republicans, Fox News and radio talkmeisters such as Rush Limbaugh have done an expert job demonizing the healthcare plan from the day it was brought before Congress in 2009. The Democrats got it passed into law, but they ran away from it in the 2010 election. In the process, they not only lost control of the House of Representatives, they lost control of the conversation. So, here we are now with the government shut down because tea party Republicans are still trying to kill Obamacare, even as thousands of Americans are inundating government websites with queries about how to sign up for one of the health insurance exchanges that kicked into gear Tuesday. The Affordable Care Act is fast becoming a popular and permanent reality in American life, but fantasies about the evils of Obamacare continue to cloud the minds of inattentive citizens from Hollywood to Hampton Roads. One woman who vehemently condemned Obamacare while singing the praises of the Affordable Care Act was asked by Kimmel’s merry pranksters if she thought an informed electorate is vital to a healthy democracy.
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Federal and state officials attribute the technical glitches to high traffic as millions of Americans have attempted to visit the websites — whether to enroll, window shop or rubberneck. The White House predicted prior to the launch that interest would build over time and downplayed the possibility of a rush during the first week. At the same time, Obama and his lieutenants aggressively promoted the Oct. 1 launch date. On Tuesday, the president encouraged people to visit HealthCare.gov even as the website proved unable to handle the traffic it was already receiving. The balky system for setting up accounts and logging into HealthCare.gov hasn’t prevented some small number of people from applying for health insurance benefits, according the Department of Health and Human Services.
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