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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:25 PM

Again, a comedian(-iene) nails what our leaders can't: POUNDSTONE on ACA vs tech distinction

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[font size=5]Paula Poundstone on ACA: Hey, we're used to tech problems[/font]


(CBS News) If there were an Oscar for Best Performance by a Website, it certainly wouldn't go to the one that goes with the Affordable Care Act. But is that a reason to discredit the health care law as a whole? Contributor Paula Poundstone has a letter for President Obama:



Dear Mr. President,

I want you to know that I am still with you on this health care thing. The media would have us believe that it has lost support, which makes no sense.

Most of us agreed that we loved the idea of people with pre-existing health problems being able to receive coverage. It is simply not possible that technical challenges with the website could cause voters to turn off on that idea.

Anybody who has ever used a computer knows, that privilege goes hand-in-hand with frustration. Why would we give up on the affordable health care law because of that?

If we were ordering something from Amazon, we'd keep trying for months. Heck, if we were having cable installed, we'd take the day off work to wait for the cable man. We're no strangers to struggling with websites. Why would that make us give up on a law that makes some insurance policies provide preventative medicine with no co-payments?

Technology is fraught with frustration. I had a double-tweeting problem for a while, but I didn't give up my Twitter account.

My toaster lost its timer, but I still make toast.

It took me days to put the video I made of the first Thanksgiving up on YouTube, but just look on my website, sir. I triumphed!

Heck, when I first hooked up my computer, I spent hours on the phone with a guy at Verizon, who said his name was David (but I don't think his name was David), and it was unbelievably frustrating.

I cried.

I'm telling you I actually cried.

I reached the depths of despair, but I never gave up.

If "David" couldn't break me, how could it be that I'd already throw in the towel on a law that makes it possible for my kids to remain on my family policy until they are 26?

Maybe it'll work, and maybe it won't, Mr. President, but I sure want it to, and if I want it to anywhere nearly as bad as I wanted my DVD player to work with the same remote as my big screen TV, I don't want to, but I can, suffer through a few more glitches in the healthcare site.

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Reply Again, a comedian(-iene) nails what our leaders can't: POUNDSTONE on ACA vs tech distinction (Original post)
UTUSN Nov 2013 OP
jazzimov Nov 2013 #1
xocet Nov 2013 #2
Heather MC Nov 2013 #3
IcyPeas Nov 2013 #6
SheilaT Nov 2013 #4
treestar Nov 2013 #5
Snake Plissken Nov 2013 #7
SoapBox Nov 2013 #8
libdem4life Nov 2013 #9

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:30 PM

1. K&R

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:37 PM

2. An Aside...

-enne

a personal noun suffix occurring in loanwords from French, where it forms feminine nouns corresponding to masculine nouns ending in -en ( comedienne, doyenne ); on this model, of very limited productivity in English, forming distinctively feminine nouns from words ending in -an: equestrienne.

Usage note
The few English words that end in -enne, indicating the feminine counterpart of a traditionally masculine term ending in -en or -an, usually carry little implication of inferiority. Many women, however, prefer that no distinction be made and that, as with other gender-specific words, the terms once reserved for males be applied to males and females alike. English is quite inconsistent in adopting such feminine nouns. Equestrian has the form equestrienne; pedestrian has no corresponding feminine term. Although we have both comedienne and tragedienne, there is no feminine variant for thespian. See also -ess, -ette, -trix.

Source
enne. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/enne (accessed: November 10, 2013).




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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:40 PM

3. Woow Paula Poundstone is back!!

I though she got tossed in a bottomless pit after the Adopted Child Scandal

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:31 PM

6. She's often on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me

on NPR on weekends. She is hilarious and smart.

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:08 PM

4. I just love Paula Poundstone.

 

She appears quite regularly on the NPR program Wait, Wait, Don't Tell me and she's a total hoot.

I can hear her voice as I read that piece.

Plus I don't think I know of a single major computer-related roll-out that hasn't had at least a few glitches. I've been on the user end any number of times over the years, and typically new computer systems are delayed weeks, months, or even years while they get it fixed right. My ex was an IT guy for about twenty years, and there was never a new programming thing he was connected to that didn't have problems at first. And NONE of these have been remotely on the scale of the ACA roll-out.

I do want to tell all the complainers who think it should be working perfectly from day one, to sit down and shut up.

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:10 PM

5. That's a good point

We put up with tons of technology glitches. I've spend tons of time on the phone with customer assistance.

Hell, this new maverick download for Apple has created tons of issues for me.

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:56 PM

7. Right Winger wouldn't be acting like two years olds with a terminal case of diaper rash if

Their Trillion Dollar, decade long, War in Iraq didn't go so smoothly

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 04:45 PM

8. Bravo Paula!

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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 04:52 PM

9. Then there was the first AOL hookup to the internet...we were still paying by the minute. Forgot

 

how many times the hard drive sung it's swan song. Unplug and Reboot ... was the number one phone technician instruction. I used some language I don't often use (not on the phone, though.) But oh, once it was up and running...and unlimited time at fixed rate...wheeee.

Small matter compared to lifelong health care for self, friends and family.

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