Kudos to the Burbank Leader for reminding us all why the Affordable Care Act was needed and the difference it will make in the lives of thousands of our neighbors who have been shut out of the health insurance marketplace for so long.
Unfortunately, since the rollout of the final piece of the ACA on Oct.1, it has been wrongly and prematurely assessed based on the technical glitches in its website, healthcare.gov. Anyone who has worked for a large corporation knows that the first days and weeks of a large, new system rollout can be frustratingly problematic. Thanks to the obstacles thrown in the path of development of the ACA and its online insurance marketplace by politicians at the state and federal level, its timeline was squeezed and financing insufficient from the get-go.
For comparison's sake, consider that Kaiser Permanente's highly-lauded, award-winning electronic medical record system, HealthConnect, developed to support healthcare delivery to 9 million Kaiser Permanente members, cost $4 billion and took 10 years to develop, while healthcare.gov had only a three-year development window and thus far has cost less than $400 million. Luckily, California took advantage of the money and opportunity extended by the federal government to build its own system and has avoided most, if not all, of the problems experienced by the feds.