Well, they’re trying to blame hackers and wildly inflating numbers of visitors, but why bother making excuses when you have a friendly media to do it for you? So no matter what happens with the disastrous ObamaCare rollout, it’s all good news for Obama!
The pressure is on for the federal government and states running their own health insurance exchanges to get the systems up and running after overloaded websites and jammed phone lines frustrated consumers for a second day as they tried to sign up for coverage using the new marketplaces.
In some ways, the delays that persisted Wednesday were good news for President Barack Obama and supporters of his signature domestic policy achievement because the holdups showed what appeared to be exceptionally high interest in the overhauled insurance system. But if the glitches aren’t fixed quickly, they could dampen enthusiasm for the law at the same time Republicans are using it as a rallying cry to keep most of the federal government closed.
“It was worse today than it was yesterday,” Denise Rathman of Des Moines said after she tried for a second day to log onto the Iowa site.
Just keep calling them “glitches” and forget the fact these incompetent boobs can’t run a website, never mind one-sixth of the U.S. economy. They had three years to get this mess ready, but were almost criminally negligent.
The Health and Human Services Department did not begin testing the chief pieces of this IT system until August. The testing found that states couldn’t consistently link to the federal portal (a problem that persists in some states), and that the hub couldn’t reliably verify if a person is eligible for a subsidy, or accurately calculate how much the applicant is eligible to receive. HHS prevented independent watchdogs, including its own inspector general, from examining the systems before they go live on Oct. 1. The result is a host of troublesome gaps and dangers.
Not only that, an army of seedy “navigators” is just waiting for all your personal information. We’re sure there won’t be any funny business. But don’t worry. If you manage the gauntlet of myriad problems, you’ll at least qualify for an ObamaPhone.