On Monday, at the Rose Garden, as the President was endlessly talking about his signature program, Obamacare, a young woman standing behind him nearly fainted. The victim of the long winded President, Karmel Allison, has diabetes and is 20 weeks pregnant. It is mind boggling that the White House would force someone in her condition to stand and endure an Obama speech. Unfortunately, for the President, his entire speech was overshadowed by the drama on stage. Instead of a well choreographed presentation of the wonderful aspects of Obamacare it was another disaster for this ill fated program.
In fact, the staging strategy for the President's speech was as well planned as the Obamacare roll out. It has been over three weeks into Obamacare and Americans still do not know how many enrollees have successfully navigated this glitch riddled website. While many Americans have wasted an entire day trying to log on to the website, others have been placed on hold for hours on the program's hotline.
Some experts have called for the entire website to be scrapped, while others have predicted that millions of lines of code will have to be replaced.
Needless to say, this debacle demonstrates once again that government is incapable of operating any program efficiently. The Obama administration successfully passed the Affordable Care Act in March of 2010, squeaking out a narrow, partisan victory in Congress. Knowing that so many Americans were uncomfortable with Obamacare, it would have made sense for the administration to present a flawless launch for the program on October 1. Instead, despite over 42 months of preparation, the roll out has been a nightmare. In fact, contractors have now admitted that the final testing for the site only began in mid-September. Once that failed, the President should have been notified immediately and the program's launch should have been delayed. Instead, Obama was supposedly shielded from the truth and the launch date was not changed.
This program has been placed under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Many in Congress are demanding answers from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, while others, such as Congressman John Fleming (R-LA) are calling for her resignation. After first ducking Congress, Sebelius has finally agreed to appear next week for what is surely going to be a confrontational exchange.