come on people, this is ridiculous, can't we trust the professional designers a little bit? they've been buried in the system for probably over a year.
Trust me on this because I know, No one understands the system as much as the designers who created it, they have so many numbers and variables in their heads that you could not even begin to see these minor changes from their perspective.
they are not on a mission to make the game worse, its their job and passion to make the game better, game design (just like programming) isn't about Brute force (complicated rules stacked one on top of the other) Its about elegance, doing the most with the smallest amount of rules. there is a lot to to be said about simplifying which is not the same as dumbing down, they are attempting to streamline a complicated system in a way that is above all fair.
get over it and trust, and before you know it you'll be arguing over all the "crappy" changes they are making in sixth edition.
to stress my point D&D 4th edition just came out and every god dammned rule in that system is a huge amazing improvement over how it used to be, but there are a lot of people who will be like "no I liked 3rd edition" everyone is resistant to change.