Skip to comments.ObamaCare's Black Box: Why the exchanges are worse than even the critics imagined
Posted on 10/17/2013 12:56:52 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The White House set low expectations for the Affordable Care Act's October 1 debut, so anything remotely competent should have seemed like a success. But three weeks on, the catastrophe that is Healthcare.gov and the 36 insurance exchanges run by the federal government is an insult to the "glitches" President Obama said were inevitable.
This isn't some coding error, or even the Health and Human Service Department's usual incompetence. The failures that have all but disabled ObamaCare are the result of deliberate political choices, which HHS and the White House are compounding with secrecy and stonewalling.
The health industry and low-level Administration officials warned that the exchanges were badly off schedule and not stress-tested despite three years to prepare and more than a half-billion dollars in funding. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and her planners swore they'd be ready while impugning critics and even withholding documents from the HHS inspector general for a routine performance audit this summer.
Yet the launch has been worse even than critics predicted. The rare users who weren't locked out experienced crashes, delays and error messages. Mrs. Sebelius initially claimed this was merely servers crashing under unexpectedly high demand. She called it "a great problem to have."(continued)
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Pathetic. The most incompetent president ever hiring the most incompetent people to run this country.
Maybe she’s lying to me?
The norm in Washington city these days.
If and when they dig into the expenditures on this, you can bet every peso, ruble, dollar, yen, reichmark or wampum you can beg, borrow, steal or counterfeit that a good third of all the dough has vanished down the corruption rathole.
It’s what the Chicago types do.
I’m a critic. Doubtful it’s worse than I imagined. Actually, I hope it’s not as bad.
BTW, we’re still waiting for the paperwork describing the changes to take effect Jan 1. It’s still a mystery!!!
ObamaCare on ObamaWare. What could go wrong?
i hope it’s far worse than you imagined. if so it will wind up tanking itself. if not enough people sign up the first year it can’t sustain itself and it’ll implode on its own.
It’s the law of the land. Eat your peas. We’re moving on to Amnesty. Forward!!
The rampant fraud in Medicare programs (Wheeler Dealer) and corrupt physicians filing for non-existent services is outrageous.
Insurance companies have lasted for decades - because they know how to manage risk, understand actuarial tables, collect adequate premiums and protect their stockholders.
The Federal Government answers to no-one - not a surprise - these bureaucrats don’t protect consumers (tax payers).
Wow for later.
Personally I believe this orchestrated screw up can be answered with a simple “What If” question.
What if Mitt Romney had won the election.
How would the news media be spinning this crap and who would benefit from the spin?
Last night, Ted Cruz said that the government won’t stop Obamacare. He said it is up to the American people to stop it.
What difference does it make?
This is inevitable. It's in their nature. They are liars to the core.
So they are in a vicious circle, from which their is no escape. This monstrosity will NEVER improve.
What we need now is for the Collaborators to step aside, and let the Tea Partiers tell this story to America.