Megan McArdle is a Washington, D.C.-based blogger and journalist who writes about economics, business, and public policy. Currently a columnist for Bloomberg View, she was previously a special correspondent for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, the business and economics editor at The Atlantic, and a writer for The Economist. She also founded the blog Asymmetrical Information. Her book, The Up Side of Down, will be published by Viking in February 2014.
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Congress is not going to get the same service that other people do on the exchanges. Obamacare will seem to them to be working much better than it is.
Come January, when some number of Americans have bought insurance on the new health exchanges and are starting to use the services, you can expect another controversy to arise when many of them find out just how few doctors and hospitals they have access to.
The policy people handed out impossible orders to the technical staff; when the technical staff couldnt deliver their impossibility, they decided that the problem was incompetence.
The Obamacare story is as much a political story, and a media story, as it is a policy story.
Turning the insurers into scapegoats, when he still needs their help to make this law work, was an act of desperation.
A lot of people with private health insurance are losing their policies. This was supposed to be not so bad because they could go onto the exchanges. Only now, there are no functioning exchanges.
Most of what seems to be on the table ranges from not helpful to actively unhelpful. Here are seven popular solutions that dont solve anything and may make things worse.
If the system cannot reliably process 50 percent of its users on Nov. 1 then the administration should ask for a one-year delay of Obamacares various regulations, including the individual mandate. Congress, including Republicans, should be ready to give it to them, with no strings attached.