Indeed, instead of apologizing, the administration boasts that the website is "less prone to errors" and is "on track to work for a vast majority of users." (Even former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called BS on that one.) Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claims "dramatic" improvement but recommends potential "customers" (read: subjects) use the site during "off-peak hours." Comforting, huh? Kind of like "the dog ate my website." But hey, if you can't fulfill your disingenuous promises, why not change the rules midgame? It's not about producing results but about duping and pacifying people.
Apart from the rationalizations and bar-lowering shenanigans, the administration is flat out defrauding us again. As Breitbart and others are reporting, the site can handle only 50,000 users at a time; it loads slowly; small businesses won't be enrolled until after the 2014 midterm elections; technical problems will impede the government's ability to verify users' identities and the transmission of accurate enrollment data to insurance providers; and some crucial parts of the site haven't even been built yet.
In addition, though the administration says the system is working 95.1 percent of the time (excluding scheduled maintenance), the industry standard for websites is 99.9 percent, and "anything below that," reports The Washington Examiner, "is considered a failure and 95.1 percent is a disaster." The Examiner also calls into question the administration's claim that it's working for 80 percent of users. "Centers for Medicare and Medicaid spokeswoman Julie Bataille was a bit vague about whether that goal had been met."
But let's keep our eyes on the big ball, shall we? Regardless of the administration's obfuscation, mendacity, scapegoating, weasel-wording, ex post facto reductions of expectations, and smoke and mirrors manipulation, the website will eventually work in a technical sense.
Yet when all that fairy dust has settled, the substantive problems with Obamacare will remain, as people will continue to suffer involuntary divorces from their plans and doctors, be coerced into paying more for coverage, lose control over their own health care decisions, and receive lesser-quality and less timely care. Doctors will reportedly face a 24 percent pay cut in both Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, which will force even more of them out of the profession than Obamacare is already doing, and Obamacare will continue to bend the cost curve up, not down, and destroy American jobs.
Improvements to the disgraceful website, as inferior as they are, are but distractions from the real problem, which is Obamacare proper -- a legislative menace that must be repealed. Not massaged, not corrected, not amended, not fixed but outright repealed.
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