In much of the media recently (not just right-wing extremist media), there has been an increasing drumroll of "many/most people are not happy with Obamacare." That is ridiculous, of course, since the Affordable Care Act is just unrolling, and people haven't experienced it yet, and most people actually do want what it offers: more affordable care, no pre-existing condition exclusions, access of college students to parents' insurance programs, relative transparency of costs/benefits of insurance options on a central site, etc.
One suspects that the Koch brothers and their wealthy radical co-conspirators are funding this whisper campaign, but it is aimed at discrediting the program that the 99 percent will benefit from, before they even have the chance to experience its benefits.
On Thursday, the Post-Gazette ran an article from The New York Times, under the headline, "Glitches Persist for Health Care Sign Up." The content of the article showed that the ACA is so popular that the initial sign-up process was overwhelming the website -- a problem that will abate shortly, once new enrollees are signed up; 6.1 million unique visitors to the site in 1.5 days is really a testament to the ACA's potential popularity, rather than to its sign-up "glitches."
This program has the potential to elevate U.S. health care toward a better standard; let's give it a chance to work and fix any "glitches" we find once it has rolled out.
S.R. ORENSTEIN, M.D.
The writer is professor emerita, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.