OK…let’s get something straight…the Affordable Care Act is not equal to Healthcare.gov.
The Affordable Care Act is the laws and requirements that will in fact improve the lives of millions of Americans once it is completely implemented. It is the provisions that have been shared ad infinitum across all media for the past three years. The requirement to ignore pre-existing conditions, increased minimum requirements to include diagnostic tests, keeping young people on parents policies longer, everyone has to sign on for health care coverage at some point….this is the program that will improve health care outcomes in the United States.
Healthcare.gov is the bug ridden website that is supposed to allow Americans to compare and select and enroll in the coverage of their choice. It may be the most public face of the ACA but it isn’t the program. Just like other early websites, both governmental and corporate, that got off to rocky starts because of poor planning, poor design, or poor execution, healthcare.gov will eventually perform as promised.
The failure of the virtual exchange will certainly hinder the ramp up to ACA but it isn’t the same as ACA being a failure…when the Edsel failed the pundits of the day weren’t saying it was the end of the automobile!