In the hyperbolic Oct. 23 Other Views piece, Obamacare in need of a doctor, Michael Gerson calls the Affordable Care Act “a multiyear, multifaceted fiasco” with “shockingly serious systemic failures.” He then says that the ACA “could become an intellectual crisis for modern liberalism.” Well, at least he knows on which side of the aisle the intellectuals sit.
Gerson asserts that premiums rise when there are too many sick people in the system. So the idea is to keep those folks out of the system? Not coincidentally, that’s what most insurers have been doing for years — denying coverage to those who need it the most. The ACA is like any other newborn: Highly anticipated, initially fragile, but destined to grow strong and flourish. We don’t reject our young because they exit the womb shrieking and unable to walk, and we shouldn’t judge the efficacy of Obamacare by the early performance of a website.
Michael Horen, Pembroke Pines