Quotations I Wish I Hadn’t Seen

CMS officials on the ObamaCare Exchanges, courtesy of Avik Roy:

“I’m pretty nervous — I don’t know about you.”

“It’s only prudent to not assume everything is going to work perfectly on day one.”

“As we move closer to October, my hopes are the range of things that could go wrong gets narrower and narrower.”

“Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”

Comments (10)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. CBrady says:

    Oh great, they sound really confident!

  2. Desai says:

    I think the best quote out of the bunch is “It’s only prudent to not assume everything is going to work perfectly on day one.” I agree, given that this is such a new system being set in place, it will take time to fully mature into an effective system.

  3. Vivian Darkbloom says:

    This is perhaps also a question you wished you had not seen:

    Some time ago, I made the apparently grave mistake of posting a comment to this site and ticking the box below the comment section “notify me of followup comments via e-mail”.

    Despite the assurances given that “your e-mail address will not be published”, I am receiving an increasing amount of junk mail that purports to be in response to comments made to this blog. The latest bit of spam is allegedly in response to a comment to a recent blog post here entitled “What is a Progressive”? (apparently from February, 2013 and a good question indeed; however, I’d not read that piece). I’ve never commented to that article (or to the many others in this “series”.

    My anti-spam filter recognizes this as junk, but it requires me nevertheless to check that periodically and delete everything coming, supposedly, from “John Goodman & Health Blog”.

    So, this is not really a question or even a complaint. Consider it a request. I would appreciate it if you could have someone check to see if your site is adequately protected against such predatory vermin and, if possible, exterminate them.

    Thanks.

    Viv

  4. Patel says:

    “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.” That is a classic and yet very scary quote.

  5. Juan says:

    “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”

    Love the confidence coming from the top!

  6. Aaron says:

    “As we move closer to October, my hopes are the range of things that could go wrong gets narrower and narrower.”

    Pretty self-evident, no?

  7. Sammy says:

    “I’m pretty nervous — I don’t know about you.”

    -I’m pretty nervous too!

  8. Ryan G says:

    “Let’s just make sure it’s not a third-world experience.”

    Not afraid of the “third-world experience” as I have lived through that, but I am concerned of people at the top messing something up so badly and regressing so much to the point where out liberty is no longer a right.

  9. Greg Scandlen says:

    Yes, but Avik writes –
    ” However, now that nearly everyone will have coverage, the dominant question in health care debates will be the cost of coverage, especially how much costlier coverage will be under Obamacare.”

    Even he assumes that just because something is written on paper it will happen in fact. It will not happen. In fact, FEWER people will be coverage than before. Employers will drop coverage in droves and their workers will not sign up until they are actually sick. Even those (few) people who would like to get coverage will be deterred by the application process and the premium cost.

  10. Gabriel Odom says:

    The government taxes you if you don’t buy insurance, and taxes the insurance company when you do buy insurance. What a racket.