You've got to look at the bright side of things.

For instance, while there are those who might compare the rollout of Obamacare to that massive, weather-induced 65-vehicle pileup on Interstate 290 in Worcester last week, they surely miss the point.

For one thing, as bad as the launching of Obamacare has been, in the end, it is going to benefit a lot of people in this country, if you are among the dwindling few who believe what President Barack Obama says about it.

Not only will a lot of poor people get free or subsidized health care, but website hackers will do a booming business stealing tons of personal information from those foolish enough to turn it over to an all-seeing, all-knowing federal government that can't seem to get enough on you. It is a hacker's paradise.

It might be better -- and perhaps more secure -- if people could just send in their info for Affordable Health Care -- formerly known as Obamacare when people thought it was a good idea -- by one of those new drones that Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon.com, is putting together to drop packages on your head in the future.

Either way, jobs will be created, and isn't that what the Obama administration is all about -- creating jobs?

The rollout of Obamacare, like the car carnage at that Worcester festival of fender benders, not only made national news, it also helped the economy grow and kept people working.

The spectacular car crash on an icy road proved to be a bonanza for towing company operators, for instance, who ended up charging people about $300 a pop to haul away their wrecked cars and SUVs.

And this did not even include hauling away the behemoths of the byways -- meaning the several tractor-trailers jackknifed along the road -- as well the other smashed up commercial-type vehicles.

It is a wonder that no one was killed, although there were injuries. At least 35 people were rushed to area hospitals. None of the injured were reportedly asked, however, if they had signed up for Obamacare so that they could keep their own doctors and be cared for at the hospitals of their choice.

The huge crash blocked off the road for hours and raised questions about whether the road had been properly treated for icy conditions. Yet the pileup resulted in creating a lot of work for a lot of people, like cops rushing to the scene of the mega accident, as well as for doctors, nurses, hospital workers, road-clearing crews, auto-repair companies, car-rental agencies, insurance companies, insurance claims adjusters, lawyers, new- and used-car dealers and chop-shop operators.

And then there were all those television reporters who staked out their spaces on the slippery road in front of the smashed up Hondas and Volkswagens hoping that former Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, who knows a thing or two about car crashes, would show up.

It was tough for the reporters who had to work in the cold, but it beat covering the usual weekend three-decker fire in Chelsea, or the latest Dunkin' Donuts stickup in downtown Boston.

But Murray was a no-show, probably because the former mayor of Worcester was too busy calculating the regional economic benefits of the car crash in his new job as president of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce. Or maybe it was because he no longer is the lieutenant governor.

Anyway, Murray was missed because, if you could count on anything, it was the fact that Murray was a hands-on lieutenant governor -- except behind the wheel of a car -- who could be counted to show up at any gathering that drew a minimum of three people.

He could have been asked why the road was not properly de-iced with anti-icing salt brine, although transportation officials said that it was.

Gov. Deval Patrick, another no-show, held a press availability the next day at the Statehouse to talk about increasing the gas tax to pay for improvements in roads, bridges and mass transportation -- perhaps even to buy more road salt. 

While he talked about transportation and his opposition to a ballot initiative blocking the tax-hike proposal, he did not mention -- nor was he asked -- anything about the Great Worcester Car Crash.

But looking on the bright side of things, he did mention that he was giving himself a boost in pay by taking a deferred pay increase that brings his salary of $139,800 up to $151,800.

Talk about rubbing salt on the wound -- if not the road.

Peter Lucas' political column appears Tuesday and Friday. Email him at luke1825@comcast.net.