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Our Opinion: Jeers to Obamacare rollout

A big fat raspberry to the Obama Administration for so royally mucking up the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) website.

It’s obvious to everyone that the dysfunctional website was rushed out to meet a political deadline. No corporation would have unveiled a major website with so little comprehensive testing beforehand.

The Affordable Care Act may be the best thing since sliced bread to its supporters and the end of civilization and we know it to its opponents, but it deserves the chance to stand or fall on its own merits.

The bungled website launch unfairly taints the whole program, which will do a lot of good for a lot of people, who have not been able to buy affordable, comprehensive health insurance.

That’s especially true in Minnesota, which enjoyed a very competitive process that has given MNsure, the state’s version of the Obamacare health insurance exchange, the lowest premiums in the nation.

On a side note, we dug around a bit to clarify statements that no Republican voted for Social Security or Medicaid when those programs were originally passed.

Obamacare, which was signed into law in 2010, is clearly a Democratic Party initiative — it passed essentially on a party-line vote with just one Republican supporter.

But that’s not true of Social Security and Medicare.

A look at the record shows that Social Security passed by a landslide and was supported heavily by Republicans. It was signed into law in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt

In the U.S. House, Dems supported it 284 to 15 (with 20 not voting) and Republicans supported it 81 to 15, with 6 not voting.

In the Senate, Dems supported it 60 to 1, with 8 not voting, and Republicans supported it 16 to 5, with 4 not voting.

Medicare, which covers health care for those age 65 and older, passed with strong bipartisan support — with Democrats heavily supporting it and Republicans split about 50-50.

President Lyndon F. Johnson signed it into law in 1965.

U.S. Senate Dems supported it 57 to 7, with 4 not voting, and Republicans voted 13 to 17 against it, with 2 not voting.

In the House, Dems voted yes 237 to 48, with 8 not voting, and Republicans (barely) supported it 70 votes to 68, with 2 not voting.

Cheers to the K-12 education system in Minnesota, which ranked No. 8 in math and No. 10 in science against all other nations (and U.S. states) in international 8th grade test results.

As reported in the conservative Say Anything blog, the United States as a whole may not look so hot when compared with other nations in the test results, but individual; states like Minnesota and North Dakota did quite well when their test results are broken out.

North Dakota was No. 8 in science and No. 18 in mathematics.

Just goes to show that the devil is in the details: Minnesota should be proud of its schools.