- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008. He can be reached at email@example.com.
"Victor LEsperance" commented today: "On a totally unrelated topic, it sounds like the IT folks at Foreign Policy are moonlighting at the Obamacare sight. I know they still have their day jobs because I get paywalled on a regular basis despite coughing up for a subscription. Now the general public has an idea of what it is like to be a Foreign Policy subscriber and sometime blog commenter."
I asked the powers that be. One responded, "Our website is undergoing a very extensive redesign, which among other things will bring improvements to our commenting system, including single sign on. That means the paywall glitches should come down — way down – once the new site is up and running. It shouldn’t be long, now."
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Speaking of Obamacare, don’t compare it to the ideal, compare it to what exists now. As part of my move to the New America Foundation, I’ve spent a big part of the last six weeks trying to sort out health insurance for my family. It is nuts. You never get anyone on the phone the first time. They don’t answer e-mails. They get back to you with additional questions-a week later. They keep pulling out rules they didn’t tell me about when I needed to know them two years ago. And I have been paying a ton of money for the privilege of receiving this pattern of neglect and abuse.
So, for all its frustrations, I will take Obamacare. If I were younger, I’d consider setting up a company to guide people through it.
Cara Parks is deputy managing editor at Foreign Policy. Prior to that she was the World editor at the Huffington Post. She is a graduate of Bard College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and has written for The New Republic, Interview, Radar, and Publishers Weekly, among others.| The Brass |