Saturday, October 12, 2013

Obamacare the Product: It Sucks Worse than the Website and Everyone Knows it

Suppose the CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation spent half a billion dollars on a web site that has been up and running for two weeks and crashes nearly every time a customer tried to use it and didn't work any better after is was taken offline for a weekend to be fixed. That CEO would be out of a job. But Barack the Terrible and his terrible web site soldier on even though it's patently obvious to even the low-information Americans that Obamacare is already worse than everyone predicted. It's gotten so bad that the Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelious and Dan Rooney, the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers barely got 100 people to show up at an event intended to help people enroll -- and they had trouble enrolling them.

Only 100 people showed up to an Obamacare event at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Thursday with Steelers chairman Dan Rooney and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Many could not even sign up for health care at the event that was meant to help potential new enrollees.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewSebelius "had a front-row view of the problems plaguing the website that the government established to allow people to shop for health insurance under Obamacare."
Though Sebelius told the 100 people who showed up that was “open for business," those who tried to sign up for health insurance at the event could not access the site "even with the help of a certified application counselor":
Asked about the ongoing problems with the website and the fact that people at a government enrollment event couldn't sign up, Sebelius told reporters that she didn't know what problems were affecting service at Heinz Field. The government has made hardware and software upgrades to improve the site, she said, and it is working for many people.
 I think we've got enough objective evidence about what a disaster this program is to shut it down now before it is fully implemented and becomes a total disaster. 

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