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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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By Rob Meltzer
Oct. 29, 2013 12:15 a.m.



On an earlier post, don posted to an article that reminded me of a point that I wanted to make about six months ago.

One of the fundamental problems with Obamacare and its web page is that more than 60% of this country, and that includes most of the uninsured, can’t handle on line shopping. As the article don included points out, the administration promised that buying health insurance would be as easy as buying a tv on line, or plane tickets. Well, news flash, people. I am a highly educated and well compensated professional, business owner, lawyer, real estate broker, real estate developer, former stock broker, y entrepreneur and venture capitalist/private equity investor, and I’ve never been able to figure out how to buy a plane ticked on line, or a major electronic device for that matter. In fact, I’ve failed miserably at evites and I still can’t figure out how to work Word Press with any skill, and yet the government is threatening to fine me if I don’t buy health care on line. Its just not going to happen. For  a lot of people. Obamacare is the nightmare invention of technoweenies, who think everyone in this country is not only interested in on-line commerce, but also adept at it. As soon as I leave the coasts, the first thing I notice is that the Iphones disappear and people shop at Walmart rather than Amazon.

One glitch not considered in the whole socialist healthcare program is not only that many people don’t live on line, but that they lack both the willingness and interest in doing so. The mandate is not only health care but also a style of living that is alien. My desk has fountain pens. My watch has a face. I can’t tell you what the blue tooth package on my car is, but I can give you the specs on the valves. And I listen to vinyl records. So, please, stop thinking the problem is just software–its also the forcefeeding of computers that hasn’t been widely considered.

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