Skip to comments.Obamacare’s Magical Thinkers (Mark Steyn)
Posted on 10/25/2013 7:19:58 PM PDT by neverdem
If youre looking for an epitaph for the republic (and these days who isnt?) try this from August 2010 and TechCrunchs delirious preview of Healthcare.gov:
We were working in a very very nimble hyper-consumer-focused way, explained Todd Park, the chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, all fused in this kind of maelstrom of pizza, Mountain Dew, and all-nighters . . . and, you know, idealism. That kind of led to the magic that was produced.
Wow. Think of the magic that Madison, Hamilton, and the rest of those schlubs could have produced if theyd only had pizza and Mountain Dew and been willing to pull a few all-nighters at Philadelphia in 1787. Somewhere between the idealism and the curling slice of last nights pepperoni, Macon Phillips, the administrations director of new media, happened to come across a tweet by Edward Mullen of Jersey City in which he twitpiced his design for what a health-insurance exchange could look like. So Phillips printed it out to show his fellow administration officials: Look, this is the sort of creativity that is out there, he said. One thing led to another and he left Jersey City to come to D.C. and helped push us through an information architectural process.
Dont you just love it! This is way cooler than the decline and fall of the Roman Empire: The only architectural process they had was crumbling viaducts. I think we can all agree that Barack Obama is hipper than all other government leaders anywhere, ever, combined. Unfortunately, the dogs bark and the pizza-delivery bike moves on, and, in the cold grey morning after of the grease-stained cardboard box with the rubberized cheese stuck to it, Obamacare wound up somewhat less hipper and, in fact, not even HIPAA...
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Steyn captures the Revolutionary urgency, with a wit befitting the Founders.
Shame on us that it takes expatriot allies to point us back to True North.
I love this guy almost as much as Rush and Rabbi Lapin..!
It really does look like this behemoth was designed to fail, so that an ambushed public would accept a new single-payer system to avoid the suffering caused by faulty implementation of Obamacare.
This is truly a gangster regime.
Sad. These programmed kids think they’re doing good. Now they can go get a real job without the utopian idealism. And note that it is not “eutopia”, but “utopia”... i.e. “no place” No place on earth.
All living things must strive. The great and fundamental error of socialism/communism/Marxism is failing to recognize this simple truth.
Steyn at his magical best! Everyone read the whole thing!
I’m sending this one to my email list.
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GOD HELP US!
Thanks neverdem and Nachum.
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Posted on 10/25/2013 3:12:56 PM PDT by Nachum
Read it all folks, Steyn at his best.
I keep wavering between the “It’s so bad, it’s only designed to provoke a crisis so as to usher in single-payer” or “Liberalism has now progressed itself to the point where it believes its own lies even when reality is hitting it in the face.”
The argument for the latter is the BS that the admin is turning out, compounded with all the stories of libs who just got double+ insurance costs and are still triangulating ways in which this is actually Someone Else’s Fault.
I’ll make two observations here.
First, this is so screwed up, that while single-payer is the only next step possible...I think that the dimwits are missing out on the difference between Americans, Canadians and Brits.
Americans are unlikely to find single-payer works, and most American doctors will go into a fit if this is the perceived end-result fix-all solution. If you wanted to pick a society that would absolutely blast and kick political figures out....it’s the American society.
Course, the question then becomes....what can come after single-payer? There’s nothing that either party can offer, and the bulk of experts are befuddled over plan-B options. Single-payer may come....but it’s bound to be limited to two years or less before a political party is ‘fired’ completely.
Second observation: in the the 1760-era of America....if you went out into the mass of Americans and asked for people bright enough and wise enough to be independent thinkers and capable to think beyond today...there’s likely to be less than a hundred such men existing in America at the time.
Right now today....if we had to mark and assess Americans capable of filling Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin’s shoes....it’d likely be limited to a dozen men from across the entire nation. The amount of greed, corruption, incompetence, and lobby-magnets....have drained the nation of it’s possible assets.
These Obamacare magical thinkers? These are men who ought to be organizing softball leagues in Shreveport, devising the country road maintenance plan for some Utah county, or working community relations for some Alaskan fishing village. Instead, they were dragged up to DC....built an unworkable system, and can’t really appear in public to claim any credit for the mess they were part of....creating.
If they had been recruited by the New York Yankees to solve the bullpen problem....they would have drafted some Bolivian taxi-driver and insisted on a 700-page contract, to bring him to the Yankees bullpen.
That is becoming less true day by day.
It was supposed to "limp along" for a while and semi-work enough to get a lot of folks hooked. Then, the growing frustrations of a semi-functional pogrom would have been used to kick off single-payer. It is failing way too soon and way too big for the original plan - look for them to start pushing really hard for the single-payer system in January - preceded by a barrage of "glory" stories about socialized "medicine" from the MSM.
We will need Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and others going 24/7 to stop the onslaught by the Dims to try to push it harder and faster (and even more illegally) than they did with the POS-Care plan that they came up with the first time.
IT GETS BETTER---NY MAGAZINE REPORT Silicon Valley techies say the botched healthcare.gov rollout was emblematic of what's called "state-of-the-art incompetence" .......the dated, old-school approach to the site's development, which relies on a management system known as the "waterfall model," and whose back-end database appears to run on Oracle software, had all but ensured it would run over-budget, late, and riddled with technical problems.
You could have taken any SV engineer and asked them, 'I have a friend don't mention the government who's thinking about a five-year, $100 million Oracle installation, and they've hired an outsourced contractor (crony-ridden CGI-Canada)to build it for them. It's going to be proprietary, hosted in their own data center, Oracle-based, with waterfall management."
" What are the odds that it's working on Day One of the rollout? "
And everyone in SV will tell you: zero percent.
Silicon Valley's emerging suspicion of government, see the botched rollout as symptomatic of the government's ham-fisted approach to technology.
The healthcare.gov site is "only the latest episode in a string of information technology debacles by the federal government," wrote Clay Johnson and Harper Reed, two programmers with political pasts (Johnson was Howard Dean's lead programmer in 2004; Reed was the brain behind Obama's 2012 digital campaign) in a Times op-ed.
The pair went on: This latest failure is frustrating for us to watch ... We must find a fix to the federal procurement process that spares the governments technology projects from the self-inflicted wounds of signing big contracts whose terms repeatedly and spectacularly go unmet.
The White House has promised that a "tech surge" of the "best and the brightest," including from Silicon Valley, has been brought in to repair the health-care site. But nobody knows, or is telling anyone, who those people actually are.
Contractors grilled at a congressional hearing this week wouldn't name names, and several tech executives questioned yesterday said they had no inside information on the makeup of the government's emergency coder team.
Verizon has reportedly been tapped to help with the revamp, but the extent of its involvement isn't known. Former budget official Jeffrey Zients is overseeing the rescue, but since he's not a known coder, his role is limited to managing the project.
(In a conference call, Zients predicted that the site would "work smoothly" by the end of November.) But the episode has confirmed the suspicions of many in Silicon Valley that the government's infrastructure, even on key projects, relies too heavily on outdated legacy systems and could be run more efficiently by those inside their own camp.
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Sadly, and in reality, both are true.
Single payer is a euphemism for government payer, which itself is a euphemism for government tune-caller.IOW, tyranny . . .
I call the "Springtime for Hitler" companies, they suck by design and have to fail for the producers to be successful.
It's possible that that was the plan, but if it was they over did it. The "get the government completely out of health care" argument is picking up a lot of new adherents.
Yep, I believe that has been the plan all along.
This thing was supposed to fail over time, to build support for single payer. Their problem is it’s crashing down around them right now. What will build up is the idea that we ought to repeal the monstrosity and start over.
I would agree...this was simply a “hook” to get us up to 2016 and make a add-on situation toward single-payer. It probably would have been the big political topic for the 2016 Presidential election, and they anticipated the terrible stumble by the Republicans and subsequent mini-recession (to be allegedly caused by them) to be enough make the trip over to single-payer.
It was a great plan, and that seventeen days of gov’t shutdown was going to pave the way toward this idea.
Oddly enough, no one in the planning department anticipated that the software platform failure, the millions tossed off their current plan, and the rapid cost of year one (don’t even bring up what will be the massive cost upgrade in Jun 2014), and the limited number of young folks who sign up-—thus pushing the rates for all go up.
Repealing...I think....simply isn’t possible before 2016. The Democrats are stuck with a White House plan that can’t change. You’d have to have 60 Republicans in the Senate and I think the 2014 election will only give you 51 Republicans.
What you need to prepare for....with the remaining three years....is a fairly different kind of recession. Families will have $1,500 to $4,000 less capital in their hands...paying it out for health insurance or the deductible. Less money for a new house, less money for a new car, less money for vacations....this all will stagnant through the nation...and every single state will feel it’s affect.
The idea of blaming this off onto the Republicans in the House won’t work. Even the media is now being chased by the public and forced into telling a number of stories.
In some ways, whoever prioritized this into a monster-sized package....2,000 pages....probably gave the President the biggest negative legacy of the past fifty years.
I think this disaster is finally dissolving the credibility Obama somehow kept against all evidence to the contrary with low information voters and the media. He lost it with foreign countries and leaders long ago.