The President of the United States has promised that www.healthcare.gov will be up and running by November 30, 2013. Many applicants are still finding difficulties in using the site to register, research, and sign up for health insurance coverage. See Abby Goodnough, "Applicants Find Health Website is Improving, But Not Fast Enough" p. A17, col. 1 (New York Times Nat'l ed., Thursday, November 21, 2013).
There will be a temptation during the next five days to count down to nearly certain failure to fix www.healthcare.gov by this coming Saturday. Many will give in to that temptation. But no amount of playing can obscure the fact that signing up for health care is not a game.
For many, it means being able to survive. Not just by receiving medical treatment. Those fortunate enough to receive medical treatment often need help to pay the medical bills.
No, "countdown to November 30th" is not a game. It does not even have meaning.
The real opportunity offered to many people in the United States by Obamacare is what's at stake, not artificially chosen deadlines and websites controlled by political advisers.
If we are going to be tempted to count down this week, then let's concentrate instead on what counts, on what remains after this week ends.
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