Noonan (WSJ) Low-Information Leadership

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    Dec 04, 2013 9:14 PM GMT
    An interesting take on the administration's problems with ACA from Peggy Noonan.

    "The president’s problem right now is that people think he’s smart. They think he’s in command, aware of pitfalls and complexities. That’s his reputation: He’s risen far on his brains. They think he is sophisticated.

    That is his problem in the health insurance debacle.

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    People have seen their prices go up, their choices narrow. They have lost coverage. They have lost the comfort of keeping the doctor who knows them and knows they tend to downplay problems and not complain of pain, and so doing more tests might be in order, or tend to be hypochondriacal and probably don’t need an echocardiogram, or at least not a third one this year.

    At the very least people have been inconvenienced; at the most they’ve been made more anxious in an already anxious world. In a month, at the worst they may be on a gurney in an ER not knowing the answer to the question “Do you have insurance?” and hoping they can get into an exam room before somebody runs the number on the little green plastic card they keep in the back of their wallet.

    Everyone understands in their own rough way that ObamaCare is a big mess. And that it’s not the website, it’s the law itself. They have seen systems crash. In the past 20 years they’ve seen their own computers crash. They know systems and computers get fixed.

    But they understand a conceptual botch when they see one. They understand this new program was so big and complex and had so many moving parts and was built on so many assumptions that may or may not hold true, and that deals with so many people with so many policies—and they know they themselves have not read their own policies, for who would when the policies, like the law that now controls the policies, are written in a way that is deliberately obscure so as to give maximum flexibility to administrators in offices far away. And that’s just your policy. What about 200 million other policies? The government can’t handle that. The government can barely put up road signs."

    More at the link.
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    Dec 04, 2013 9:20 PM GMT
    Our President is a smart fella, so smart that he has duped the American public into believing he can run the country. Unfortunately he has never run any thing in his life and is running the country into the ground. When hundreds of millions of people are questioning thier healthcare and letting the government run it is a very scary deal. Especially with this president supposedly in charge.
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    Dec 04, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    The last time I recall Ms Noonan making a stink (I think it was when she called the Republican presidential campaign 'incompetent' or it could have been 'a rolling calamity'), some conservatives were very dismissive of her. Doubtless she can do no wrong, now that she's gunning for Obamacare.