Because doesn't “glitch” say that whatever just broke is really a quickly fixed, little sideline of a problem? A glitch? Aw ... sorry lady, we'll get that glitch fixed in a jif.
And in fact the argument can be made that the messy launch to president Obama's signature healthcare insurance plan can be explained as due to just that – a glitch – or several of them. It’s something that will be mostly forgotten in a year or two from now, when the glitch or glitches have been ironed out, and the program has signed up millions more subscribers, who will find themselves happily insured under a program that offers popular new benefits: like the fact that insurance companies can't deny coverage for pre-existing conditions anymore.
But sometimes, a glitch can also be a dark harbinger, a signpost on the road to disaster, which is what the doomsayers (in some cases gleefully) are saying about Obamacare. This argument says that the program's confused start will inevitably lead to a failure in public confidence, which in turn is bound to cause the program's eventual ruin, either via bankruptcy, or by deliberate dismantling once Obamacare's political opponents get more voting power.
There's a debate in all of this – about the future of the Affordable Care Act – and I'm moderating it, this Wednesday, when Intelligence Squared U.S. puts four debaters onstage to argue for and against this motion:
Join us. Hear the arguments. Decide for yourself when a glitch is just a glitch, and when it's not.
John Donvan, Moderator
Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates
OBAMA REPEALS OBAMACARE
"Under pressure from Senate Democrats, the President partly suspends the individual mandate."
HEALTHCARE.GOV IS NOT AMAZON.COM. SHOULD WE CARE?
"If healthcare.gov's consumer interface isn't yet living up to the standards of Amazon, it's already surpassed the standards of buying insurance before the Obamacare came along."