Obama missed a golden opportunity
Matthew Martin 10/13/2013 02:32:00 PM
At the very least, it's fair to say that healthcare.gov was not yet ready to see the light of day. And that makes me wonder if Obama missed a golden opportunity. After all, the exchanges opened on October 1st, the same day the government shutdown. Perhaps Obama, rather than deal with both a faulty exchange and a government shutdown, could have negotiated with Boehner to pass a continuing resolution and debt ceiling, with a rider delaying Obamacare. That would have bought time to work out the kinks in the exchanges.
Of course, maybe Obama didn't really miss anything here, because the "negotiations" with Boehner have proven ephemeral--Boehner has continuously moved the goalposts, suggesting that a shutdown, not a negotiation, is what he really wanted.
On the other hand, I'm not totally sure that delaying the opening of the exchanges would do much good. Fixing glitches as they happen isn't any harder than trying to anticipate what glitches might happen. Yeah, this is frustrating for many people, but in some respects, having to wait a few hours, or even a few days, to create an account on healthcare.gov is no worse than having to wait through an Obamacare delay.