NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has certainly had its issues since launching. But rather than pointing fingers, Mike Leavitt, author of Finding Allies, Building Alliances, tells TheStreet's Gregg Greenberg that both sides in the government should work together.
Leavitt, Utah's former governor and a Republican, suggested that many of the big changes we see do not happen unless people are feeling the pain. He pointed to the financial meltdown in 2008 and compared it to the recent government sequester.
Unlike the slow-moving Congress around the sequester, both sides were able to get everything figured out and signed in 10 days when there was "real pain" around the economic meltdown five years ago.
For the ACA, he suggested the government build allies and work with them to get the Web site working correctly. Leavitt suggested Americans needed to be able to sign up for the ACA in other ways besides online and that the technical errors need to be fixed immediately.
He also said the government needs to work with the insurance companies and providers better than it has so far, rather than blaming them.
-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.