Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Healthcare Exchanges Blow Up on First Day

Barack the Terrible's Obamacare exchanges didn't have a very good first day:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The online insurance marketplaces that are at the heart of President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul struggled to handle the wave of new consumers Tuesday, the first day of a six-month open enrollment period.

A combination of high demand and technical glitches seemed to overwhelm the online system early in the day. Federal and state officials were working to address the problems, which led to long waits on government websites and a federal call center.
Speaking Tuesday from the Rose Garden, Obama blamed some of the website slowdown on the fact that more than 1 million people visited Healthcare.gov before 7 a.m., adding that demand had initially exceeded anything officials expected.
“Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system and within days they found a glitch, so they fixed it,” Obama said. “I don’t remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn’t.”
Not a very good analogy, Barry. Americans aren't compelled to by iPhones under penalty of law. And Apple is a private company, not the federal government.

If you are going to "fundamentally transform" our moderately dysfunctional but still-best-in-the-world health care system into a hot, steaming pile of dog crap, I guess crashing the insurance exchanges on the first day is a good start. A good start on wrecking the health care system, a bad start for liberty.

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