There has been strong criticism of Obamacare in recent weeks — and rightly so. The website that was supposed to allow people to enroll in the health care marketplace has barely been working. The dismal performance of the website is inexcusable. But this is just a technical issue. There is no doubt that our computer experts will be able to get this website working.
We need to step back and remember the reasons for Obamacare in the first place. Prior to the passage of Obamacare, insurance companies were free to reject potential customers due to pre-existing conditions (e.g., diabetes, cancer). Under Obamacare, insurance companies must accept potential customers, regardless of any pre-existing conditions. Obviously, those who were so sick that the insurance companies refused to insure them were in dire straits without insurance. For many with pre-existing conditions, this literally meant the difference between life and death.
Fuller lives in Blacksburg and is a professor of sociology at Virginia Tech.