Over the last several days, I’ve read countless articles about the fiasco that is the Obamacare sign up process. Not surprisingly, most of the criticism was directed at the inability of the system to accommodate those attempting access.
Now we’re told that the system was designed to accommodate 50-60,000 concurrent users and it just “got overloaded.”
The overseers should have expected millions of folks who were curious and just wanted to compare rates and get a feel for the impact that it would have on their personal lives – try it on for size, so to speak.
They should have expected thousands of reporters and pundits who were anxious to deliver a first-hand description of the experience to their readers or viewers.
And last, but not least, there were those who actually planned to sign up right away – perhaps millions of them.
So why has the rollout of the democrat panacea for our current health care ills been such a dismal failure?
I wanted to see what others were saying about their experiences, so I went surfing to see what was being written about the issue.
I found articles on sites that spanned a broad spectrum of political discourse, from Hot Air and Breitbart to Huffington Post and Daily Kos. It was interesting to note that stories about ACA or Obamacare were nonexistent on Salon and almost as rare on Huffington Post and Daily Kos, the vast bulk of their news activity was related to the shutdown and crucifying the dastardly Republicans they deemed responsible for it.
On the other hand, the conservative-leaning sites were giving plenty of coverage to the Obamacare rollout, while still covering the shutdown.
So, while I read literally hundreds of comments responding to those articles, the majority were resident on the conservative sites simply due to the lack of coverage on the leftist sites. The Huffington Post was an exception in that they did have multiple articles on ACA. One even had over 750 comments.
Considering the whole of the comments, it was apparent that the majority were disgruntled people who had tried to inform themselves about what was in store; hardly a nefarious purpose. They tried (some several times); but only a half dozen claimed success – and some of those accounts strained belief. And you have to figure, for each comment relating a negative experience there must be (at least) hundreds of others who didn’t bother to go on record with their unsuccessful attempt(s).
Most of the criticism was directed at the fragile nature of the application process. It failed so easily that I wonder just how much testing, much less stress testing it underwent. When I owned a software development company, one of the quality control (QC) staff’s responsibilities was to try to “break” the system. A package wasn’t ready for release until we tried, and failed, to “break” it.
Consider this: someone high up in the chain of command, with the go/no-go authority, thought that it was “ready enough” to use, that he/she gave it the OK.
Some, in the administration’s oversight group, had better start mailing out resumes. But knowing this administration’s history, he/she will probably be given a promotion. This administration is so replete with incompetence that it has become the norm, and therefore incompetence has become the baseline for comparison.
Now the administration is telling us that 8.6 million visits to the website illustrate the interest in signing up for the new plan. You can bet that the 6.8 million number is totally fabricated. Isn’t it amazing that they can identify how many “hits” there were on the site and yet, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that they don’t know how many have actually been successful. Do you believe that? If you do, you probably own a Brooklyn Bridge – got it at a good price too, I’ll bet.
She is probably getting (at least) hourly numbers sent to her smart-phone. The truth is, I’ll wager, that the number enrolled is just so miniscule that they know that they’d be ridiculed even more if the truth were known. This is what we’ve come to expect from this “most transparent administration evah,” to them, the truth is a nebulous, antiquated concept, not to be taken seriously.
Numbers, of any kind, are especially apt to be “adjusted” in order to show the administration in the most positive light. A successfully enrolled count won’t be released until it looks much, much better – and even at that, we can expect it to be padded. This administration is not one to deal with things as they are, but rather as they want us to think they are.
It’s important to note that much of the criticism came from software types and programmers who are generally knowledgeable about the workings of end-user interfaces.
The term “epic fail” was used a lot.
The failure of the enrollment process just reinforces the belief that the Obama administration is inept and incompetent. One would have expected more out of a software system that supposedly cost the taxpayers $634 million dollars and was developed over three years. Obama’s troops didn’t have to write the code, they just had to manage the project and oversee the subcontractors who produced the final product.
Not only was the software itself an “epic fail,” but so too was the project management.
And this collection of the “smartest” people on the planet (Obama and his sycophants) is going to efficiently manage the country’s health care system?
We should thank God that we got a small taste of what we can expect from Obamacare. It is not inevitable, it can still be stopped.
Yes, the enrollment process has been a disaster, but eventually it’ll be fixed and people will be able to access the “benefits” of Obamacare. Folks will learn how much it will cost, the co-pays, the exemptions, etc. and find that it will be much more expensive that they’ve been told. And that’s when the real trouble will start.
I’ll leave you with a few reminders about the Obamacare that has been forced on the American public and why it should be repealed.
Here are a few verifiable Obamacare facts that I want leave you with:
- The ACA (Obamacare) was written behind closed doors without ANY input from Republicans. This is a purely partisan democrat fiasco and started a never-ending stream of lies.
- It consists of 2,572 pages of legalese that, it’s fair to say, NONE of our congress-persons fully read before voting on it. Let that sink in … how did they know what they were voting for? That’s obviously a rhetorical question; they didn’t know, and they didn’t care. Every single vote for passage was based on lies.
- It passed the House by a 219-212 vote with all Republicans and 34 Democrats voting against it. And even many of the 219 democrats voting for it had to be persuaded with sweetheart deals (e.g., the Louisiana Purchase, the Cornhusker kickback, Chris Dodd’s payoff, Ben Nelson’s payoff, deals for Bernie Sanders, Max Baucus, Tom Harkin, Carl Levin, etc.) – at least a dozen votes bought with bribes (at taxpayer expense) to vote for the legislation. And they called it a great victory – in truth, it was more like “let’s make a deal.” Lie after lie after lie.
- President Obama promised to SAVE a typical family an average of $2,500 on their health care costs. That number was about as solid as unicorn gas. He expected us to believe that his plan would cover an additional 30 million people, cover pre-existing conditions, cover more ailments and preventive care, and do so at a lower cost? Simple math proved that it was impossible. He intentionally lied to us to sell the plan.
- He promised that Obamacare would LOWER the deficit. The CBO worked from figures provided by the administration that were verifiably inaccurate and false – and Obama and his democrat leadership knew that they were false. They double-counted revenue, they included reduced doctor payments, they took money from Medicare, and they compared ten years of revenue to six years of expenses to force the CBO numbers to (falsely) show a deficit reduction. Yet more lies to sell the plan.
- We were told that spending on healthcare would be REDUCED overall. But now government actuaries have reached a different conclusion, finding that Obamacare will actually increase health care spending by $621 billion over the next 10 years. He lied … again.
- He promised that we’d be able to keep our healthcare plans. But the way that Obamacare was written requires all approved plans to offer specific coverage – and few existing plans offered all of that coverage. Obama knew that when he made that promise. He lied to us (once more) to sell his plan.
- He promised that we’d be able to keep our doctors. But we already have a shortage of doctors and we’re adding another 30 million patients. The doctors are aware that their payments will be reduced and they will be required to adhere to the new electronic medical records requirements as well. Is it any surprise that some studies show that as many as 60% of practicing physicians are considering retirement or leaving the practice? Yet another lie.
I could go on, but I just wanted to remind readers about what we were promised when we were sold this monstrosity. Obama and his minions lied to us and they KNEW they were lying to us. Are we supposed to just take it and ask “please sir, may I have another?”
There is a single word, a descriptive word, that can be used to describe the enrollment process, Obamacare itself, and everything associated with the Obama administration, and that word is BULLSHIT.