Joe Paduda did an outstanding job with the most recent Health Wonk Review, hosted at Managed Care Matters. This edition is all about the government shutdown and Obamacare, and there’s a little something for everyone.
My favorite article in this HWR comes from David Williams, explaining why Conservative lawmakers ostensibly hate Obamacare – along with explanations for why those reasons don’t actually make any sense. He sums it all up with this astute observation: “A more objective read is that some opponents have whipped themselves into a lather over their revulsion to all things Obama and are living in an echo chamber where these views seem rational. ”
Daniel Schuyler has an article at Health Affairs that he wrote the day before the exchanges (marketplaces) opened, but his predictions about how they would start are crystal ball accurate. He also explains a lot of the technical details involved with operating the exchanges and makes it easy for readers to understand why there have been so many “glitches” in the online marketplaces in their first several days. This one is a must-read for anyone who is perplexed by how the marketplaces work from a technology and agency interaction perspective.
To fix the technology side of things, why doesn’t the government just hire the top software engineers and web developers that the country has to offer? Good question, but it appears to be politics as usual.