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It’s about affordable care, not a great Web site

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POSTED October 30, 2013 1:21 a.m.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

I won’t waste your time with the  letter (“Aquila: Is Larry Baca crossing over?”) on Oct 23 as everyone knows the writer’s hero is Sarah Palin. That should more than explain the ridiculousness that leaks out of that bubble within a bubble, besides all his silly claims were more than rebuffed by a comment writer.

What I wanted to shed a light on was the hypocrisy within the Teapublican bubble. With the smelly lump of the ridiculous government shutdown and the threat of driving the country into default over the National Debt still hanging in their diapers, the spoiled Teapublican children who didn’t get what they wanted decided to jump on the fact that the Web site for the Health Care Act didn’t perform as well nationally as it did in some states, like California where it performed almost flawlessly. The Teapublicans immediately called for Congressional Hearings to complain why the thing that they wanted to fail, failed. What they apparently didn’t get was that the whole idea was to provide affordable health care for most Americans who were without, not to design a great Website.

Every Teapublican who could get to a live microphone called the whole thing a complete failure, why? Because so many individuals attempted to visit the main Website, it bogged down the servers, yeah, that sounds like a failure. Kind of like the failure Apple had when so many people rushed to buy the new IPhone’s, they ran out of stock.

Now hypocrisy is not a new thing for the GOP so we shouldn’t be surprised when they trotted that horse out one more time.  In one especially jarring example, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), in high dudgeon last week, said during systemic Medicare Part D breakdowns under President Bush, “This is a huge undertaking and there are going to be glitches.”

Then there were these quotes:

•Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas): “I think it needs to be understood that in a major reform, an improvement of a program like this, there are bound to be glitches.”

•Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.): “Kinks” in Part D got “worked out.”

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas) to CMS official: “You guys have done a super job.”

•Former Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.): “This is a major change in the Medicare program and it is not surprising that there have been implementation pitfalls along the way.”

Also at the time, Mark McClellan, the CMS administrator under Bush/Cheney, told lawmakers, “Establishing a standard of absolute perfection for this transition, when dealing with over 6 million dual eligible individuals, is clearly untenable…. A change this big in this short a period of time is bound to have some problems.”

That’s not what they had to say this time around, did they? Like we all suspected, hypocrisy is still very much alive and well within the GOP bubble.

Larry Baca


Oct. 29, 2013

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