With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act now active, in terms of being able to access information and select an insurance carrier, we are deluged with stories about too many people rushing to the Health Care Exchanges or "glitches" in the government processing, etc.
First and foremost, the law (usually referred to as the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare) doesn't take effect until January 1, 2014 and the open enrollment period doesn't end until March 31, 2014, so there is plenty of time to make a choice and get it right.
But when I stop a moment and think about all the furor over this start-up, I'm reminded of the people I know who have been through real periods of stress and hardship that make this seem like a walk in the park.
I'm talking about senior citizens who have lived through World War II, Korea, Vietnam and too many "peacekeeping missions" to name — and maybe lost a loved one or two in the process. I look at these people and see a level of experience, you might even say wisdom, that has carried them through really difficult times without panic or loss of good common sense.
As one said to me, "There may be a few problems with this new law at first, but we'll get through this and we'll be the better for it in the long run." Some wise person once said that "making laws is like making sausage." It's not a pretty process, but the product is pretty good in the end.
So if we can get past all of the political posturing and the nonsense coming from so many of the "talking heads" on TV, we may at long last have a health care law that provides meaningful protection for all Americans. It may require some fixing along the way, but it's a start in the right direction.