Barack Obama might have snatched the presidency from Mitt Romney’s grasp, but his national health care plan has been an absolute disaster compared to Massachusetts’s Romneycare.
Obama allegedly stole his idea from Romney’s somewhat successful (we can save that debate for later) implementation of state-wide health insurance reform. Thus theoretically, the shift from Romneycare to Obamacare should have gone smoothly. However, website malfunctions produced “unforeseen” difficulties that in turn have embarrassed Massachusetts officials:
At the end of last year, according to a New York Times analysis, the state was last in the nation in meeting enrollment goals, signing up only 5,428 applicants in private plans. By Thursday night, 8,444 people were enrolled in private plans under the exchange. 111,000 applicants had their previous state coverage extended, while 30,000 were given temporary state coverage.