Obamacare And You

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Editor:

Why do people do stupid things? I just learned one of the unreported reasons the Affordable Care Act Web site isn’t working properly.

Researchers at security engineering firm Arbor Networks have discovered software available on the Internet specifically designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov Web site with more traffic than it can handle. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) is used to attack a single site, thus causing a denial of service for users of the targeted Web site. The flood of incoming messages to the system essentially forces it to shut down, thereby denying entry to legitimate users.

The message left by the attackers on their Web site is, “ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people. We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!”

Today, over 48 million Americans have no health insurance. Yet some people never intended to help fix the health care law, only dismantle it.

According to the AMA, more than 81 million people currently suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease.

The American Diabetes Association reports almost 24 million people currently suffer from diabetes. And some 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or lupus; 21 million of whom are disabled due to the condition.

The Alzheimer’s Association states that more than 5 million Americans are currently afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that will soon spike, as our aging population grows older.

More than 11 million people currently suffer from some form of cancer. And some 79 million Americans are infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV), a disease that causes cancer in both women and men.

That, right there, is more than half the country. If you’re not sick right now, you likely will be.

Of course the Affordable Care Act is fragile and imperfect. All things human are, including you and me.

So if you’re one of the people fighting Obamacare, instead of sabotage, wouldn’t it be an example of enlightened, conservative self-interest to make sure this law is as robust as can be? Instead of costing billions of dollars to kill the ACA, why not spend that same effort to fix it for all Americans?

How are you feeling today? Think about it.

Larry Brophy

Comments

don evans 5 months ago

Based on your current and previous letters, there is a strong likelihood you have symptoms of Obama sycophant disease. If you have a tingle running up and down your leg every time you see him on TV, that's a dead give away. The only treatment is to dump all your liberal social ideology, see Obama and his agenda for what it really is. Once you do that, you will feel much better and all your hating will disappear.

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H. Wm. Rhea III 5 months ago

The idea the the Obamacare website has so many problems is NOT because of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. That is laughable. The Gov't admits that very few people are even visiting the site, so there isn't an overload.

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Carl Allison 5 months ago

After WWII, the United States engaged in a lot of experiments with aircraft of (hopefully) advanced design. Many crashed and pilots died. Now, when an aircraft enters its design phase, everything is scrutinized for fit and engineering and simulations provide a lot of feedback before putting the design into hardware. Software written by large competent firms follows a similar path and nothing is just placed into operation without a sincere test phase. The United States now builds some of the most advanced aircraft and software in the world. Pushing through the code abomination that's the faceplate of the ACA doesn't do anyone any favors and merely indicates that hopeful thinking rather than logic are the design parameters for the ACA. It's going to be a rough couple of years. In short, it could have and should have been done better. I rather suspect the world at large is laughing at us at present.

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