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Registering for Obamacare, Day 1

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RT has waited a long time for today, the day he begins registering for Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act, or ACA). It started with a promise and electoral victory in 2008, continued through a bruising fight in Congress, a legal challenge in the Supreme Court, and the phasing-in of other parts of the legislation. But today, RT can register for affordable (in his case, free) health care as an American citizen. This is a historic moment, when we Americans join the rest of the world in recognizing that medical care is a right, not a privilege that has to be paid for with money.

RT will post the story of his registration for health care on the Rag Tree as it unfolds. As of this moment, he is on the federal government’s HealthCare.gov web site, waiting in line to be sent to a page where he can register. And, just now, the registration site has gone down til further notice. The struggle continues, but RT will keep at it until he’s registered, government shutdown or no.


Photo: Obama Rally, Pittsburgh, 2008. Author: Blake Cloughenour. WikiCmns; CC 3.0 Attribution–Share Alike.


  1. October 3, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Watching developments in the US with interest from here in the UK, as our National Health Service gets sold down the river in the reverse of what’s happening stateside.

    • October 4, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      I think the word I was looking for instead of ‘reverse’ was converse. Or possibly reversal.

  2. October 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    cg: there is a lot going on underneath the surface of this shift towards public health care, one of the issues is how to administer what i think of as “technical” services such as public medicine and environmental regulation. as things are now, the bureaucracies responsible for these areas are far too subject to political considerations…and this is to say nothing of the annual posturing (or more) over the federal budget in congress.one possible way to handle these obligations more objectively is to have congress and president delegate the most contentious issues to special boards, with a final up-or-down vote from the legislature. for instance, a bi-partisan public medicine board might consist of 9 members–3 chosen by congress, 2 by the president, and 4 by a panel of federal judges. the board would issue guidelines for administering the relevant laws and forward a list of recommended experts to the president for nomination to the bureaucracy. we need more respect for expertise and experience, more cooperation between the branches of government, and better public services. RT

  3. October 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    cg: a last thought: we might have to divide the public board 3/3/3, so as not to affect the balance of powers. RT

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