Yet despite the bed-wetting from Beltway Chicken Littles, the President’s problems are eminently fixable. The Affordable Care Act isn’t collapsing. The Obama presidency isn’t imploding. And the ninnies making those sweeping and stupid predictions will one day look like the Washington pundit who boldly declared of the Clinton presidency, “This week we can talk about ‘Is the presidency over?’ ” He asked that question 11 days after Bill Clinton’s inaugural. His first inaugural. Clinton’s presidency was not over for another 2,911 days.
So how does the President get back on track? The first and most important job is to get the dang website working. I cannot imagine the cold fury Obama must feel toward those who assured him all was well with the massively complicated technology challenge. Getting this right is the most important aspect of recovery. When — not if, when — people can go online and see that most of them can get the same coverage or better than their previous insurance for the same cost or less, Obamacare will quickly become unassailable.
Yes, it is frightening to receive a letter canceling your insurance. But a lot of those policies weren’t worth the paper they were written on. We don’t allow airlines to sell you a ticket on a plane with a rubber-band-driven propeller. We don’t allow shipbuilding companies to sell you a boat made of old screen doors. And we don’t allow fast-food joints to sell you a burger that’s made of monkey meat. Nor should we allow insurance policies that don’t cover checkups or hospitalization. And if you have a junk policy then, yes, it’s going to be canceled.