Ralph Benko

Will Barack Obama kill, or financially ruin, me? Interesting question.

This columnist is one of the, reportedly, millions whose health insurance (much of good quality and affordable) has fallen prey to an Obamacare “Death Panel.” My insurance policy of long standing, apparently, will disappear on January 1. My efforts to replace it, in the Exchange, have been thwarted by an epic fail of the Obamacare system.

Many repeated efforts to access the new exchange have been repulsed by technical glitches. (Maryland’s Navigators, let it be said, are knowledgeable, polite, and offer, as best as possible within the constraints of a thoroughly broken system, excellent customer service.) All efforts to get in and apply for replacement coverage have been repulsed.

To you, Mr. President, this may be an annoying detail. To me, it is, well, a contingent death sentence. This makes me unhappy. How could you have arranged to zero out my health insurance before making it possible for me to reapply for replacement coverage? Mine, and that of millions of other innocent victims?

A single columnist (especially a conservative and, gasp!, Republican one) may be, in your view, Mr. President, expendable in the pursuit of the Greater Good. It feels different from this perspective. And this perspective is shared by millions.

It would have been merely irksome to have to end up paying 50%, or more, more for (possibly superior) coverage. To have one’s life put at risk by cockeyed officious elitists in positions of power?


Not in a good way.

Some of the president’s most devoted apologists can be relied upon, of course, to blame the Republicans for Obamacare’s failure. That, however, is an argument that does not fool Juicebox Hero, and usually reliable Obama apologist, Ezra Klein.

Klein did an autopsy of this epic fail in Bloomberg/Businessweek: How the iPod President Crashed: Obama’s Broken Technology Promise. It possibly is the most incisive review of the debacle yet to appear. An excerpt (and the whole is well worth reading):

Ralph Benko

Ralph Benko, author of The Websters’ Dictionary: How to use the Web to transform the world. He serves as an advisor to and editor of the Lehrman Institute's thegoldstandardnow.org and senior advisor to the American Principles Project.