When President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, it was the starting gun for a massive federal effort to get the new system up and running. The administration had deliberately allowed for three and a half years for the launch, October 1, 2013.
That’s a long time. It’s 1,288 days. You would think in that length of time, we could have brought a system online that would not be bedeviled with “glitches.” And more glitches.
By comparison, FDR had 912 days from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, to D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Allied invasion of Normandy. The D-Day Museum at Portsmouth, England maintains a website that offers some idea of what was involved in mounting the invasion.
While most of the soldiers who landed on June were British or American, there were still great numbers of Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, Free French, Poles, Czechs, Belgians, Dutch, and Norwegians. In all, some 156,000 members of what has been called “the greatest generation” hit the landing beaches on D-Day. By the end of D+5, June 11, 1944, the Museum’s website tells us, “some 326,547 troops, 54,186 vehicles and 104,428 tons of supplies had been landed on the beaches.”
Everything did not go according to plan then, either. The Norman city of Caen was supposed to have been taken in the first week of the invasion. It took more than a month for Caen to fall. Still, we can look back to the American effort in World War II as a great success.
Today, Obama administration officials are making the rounds of TV talk shows touting the millions of Americans who have logged on Day One of ObamaCare. They are not able tell us how many of those millions have actually signed up for ObamaCare. But that, of course, may be due to the fact that 85% of Americans already have health insurance and the rest, primarily healthy young adults, may have reasons for not having health insurance.
It’s interesting to hear administration spokespersons dodging and weaving about how many Americans actually are eager to give all their personal data to the IRS and then be guided about by “navigators” chosen by Mr. Obama out of his compassionate concern for his people. “Obama Cares” was an inspired idea for a bumper sticker last fall. It helped the incumbent easily gain a second term in the White House.