Tahlequah Daily Press

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October 29, 2013

EDITORIALS: Be proactive on cyberbullying; Obamacare stumbles

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But what’s happening right now with the nation’s new health insurance program and online signup efforts is disturbing. And it creates uncertainty regarding the entire concept of health care reform.

Considering this is President Obama’s signature domestic initiative, we would have expected something constructive with the first encounter many Americans had with what’s been dubbed Obamacare. Instead, a seemingly endless stream of reports have come out regarding the inability of average Americans to sign up for the health insurance they apparently want.

We suppose that’s one point in the president’s favor. Heavy use of the health insurance signup site indicates a real demand for the program he has championed. But like anything else, demand is meaningless if it doesn’t work properly.

The good news is that there is time for the tech folks to go back in and eliminate the bugs that have cropped up to give the public error messages and frozen screens. The bad news is that this episode falls in line with the views of critics, who have attacked Obamacare from the beginning as too bureaucratic, invasive and costly.

The inability to craft a website that properly directs people to where they want to go in this day and age is an example of incompetence. And last week’s House hearings on the matter produced little more than a round of finger pointing over who is at fault. It turns out a multitude of private contractors were involved in the assembly of this system.

What’s that old saying about too many cooks?

The website debacle has given the GOP renewed ammunition in its demands to delay and/or defund Obamacare. While delays may be inevitable if people don’t have reasonable opportunities to sign up, killing health care reform remains an unrealistic option.

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  • Tourism Council and chamber should cut the proverbial cord

    They are defined by two separate purposes and operate under two distinctive sets of bylaws, but years of conflicting opinions have left lingering questions and confusion over the relationship between the decades-old Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce and the younger Tahlequah Area Tourism Council.

    July 30, 2014

  • NSU needs to be more candid when its plans go awry

    Many area residents were disappointed to learn this week that the NSU Fitness Center, and its all-important indoor lap pool, won’t open next month, as originally announced.
    This latest delay is no surprise.

    July 28, 2014

  • Higher premiums a just reward for drunken drivers

    Over the past several years, Oklahoma has slipped in many of the polls that count. This week, we learned Tulsa is No. 4 on a list of cities with high rates of fatal DUI accidents. Is anyone really surprised?

    July 25, 2014

  • Maybe it’s time to think about having another BalloonFest

    The 18th annual BalloonFest was the last one held, in 2010. In summer 2011, when the Daily Press staff hadn’t heard anything about the much-anticipated event, we started asking questions.

    July 23, 2014

  • If you see a drunken driver, take the time to call in a report

    If you see something, say something. You’ve heard the warning, and seen it imprinted on placards at airports. In the wake of 9/11, it became a national mantra, mainly aimed at spotting potential terrorist activities. But it’s good advice anytime, and for any reason, even at the local level.

    July 14, 2014

  • City officials should stop squabbling and try to work together

    It’s bad enough that the Chamber of Commerce scandal has given Tahlequah a black eye. But if the bickering among city officials doesn’t stop, the community will have a complete set of shiners for its public face.

    July 11, 2014

  • Only full disclosure will restore trust in the chamber

    Despite pressure from some quarters, neither the Press nor anyone else who values full disclosure will be clamming up until all the facts are known, and those who are responsible meet with justice.

    July 10, 2014

  • Only full disclosure will restore trust in the chamber

    A few board members for the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce are saying they’ve heard nothing but positive things lately – about the chamber itself, and presumably, about themselves.

    July 9, 2014

  • Employer-sponsored insurance may now be a ‘hostage’ situation

    When the fallout settles from the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, many Americans might decide they’re better off with health insurance that doesn’t come from their boss.

    July 7, 2014

  • With confidence in Congress at 7 percent, time for a new slate

    Note to Congress: We don’t like you. Not at all.
    A Gallup poll released Monday, June 30 confirmed what most of us already know: the American public is disgusted with the House and Senate. The survey recorded the lowest level of confidence since Gallup began asking the question in 1991: a whopping 7 percent. That’s not a typographical error; it’s a single digit.

    July 2, 2014

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