The Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight

It’s too early to write the history of the Obama administration. But, at this point, it looks like, for the most part, that history may be summed up in three words: coulda, woulda, shoulda. I “coulda” signed an immigration bill, but Congress was too busy shutting down the government. I “woulda” closed the gun show loophole, but the NRA wouldn’t let me. “I “shoulda” done something about climate change, but I just ran out of time.

The one, big exception is the Affordable Care Act. That is the one concrete thing President Obama has accomplished. As Joe Biden would say, that’s a “BFD,” which is why the breakdown of the Obamacare website is so inexcusable. It will be fixed, but it never should have collapsed in the first place.

Launched on October 1, the same day Congress shut down the federal government, problems with the website designed for people to sign up for one of 36 state health exchanges popped up immediately. Customers had to be cleared before they could shop (just the opposite of most commercial websites). The website shut down in the middle of many searches, dropping all stored data, and forcing customers to start over from scratch. Rates were often misquoted, and inaccurate information relayed to insurance providers.

And what was the response of the Obama administration? One pitiful excuse after another. First, they declared that the problem was simply too much traffic. They didn’t expect so many people to check it out, they lamented, so they couldn’t handle the volume, which made no sense at all. How can you preach for years that millions of Americans are eager to buy health insurance — and then say you’re surprised when millions of Americans are, indeed, eager to buy health insurance?

At the same time, the White House minimized problems with the site as the kind of “glitches” every new site experiences, but which would quickly work themselves out. Except that experts soon confirmed that difficulties navigating the site stemmed from serious system failures, and not mere glitches.

Then HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius told CNN that part of the problem was that so many people going to the website were not “tech savvy.” Which may be true, but which is also why the site should have been designed as fool-proof and easy to use. Not to mention that countless “tech savvy” people reported they couldn’t find their way around the website, either.

Finally, 21 days after launch, President Obama admitted the problems were serious, expressed his anger and frustrations with the website failures and announced he was bringing in a team of the best and brightest, the so-called “tech surge,” to straighten out the mess. Good move. But, one must wonder, why the best and brightest weren’t hired to design the system from the start, instead of CGI, a Canadian firm, who, according to USASpending.gov, were paid upward of $634 million — for nothing. HHS would have been better off subcontracting the whole operation out to Amazon or ProFlowers. They know how to handle traffic. They thrive on it.

It’s not all bad news. Where the federal government has floundered, state governments have soared. On my show, I’ve heard nothing but success stories from those 14 states — California, New York, Washington State, Maryland, Connecticut and others — where governors have embraced Obamacare and set up their own websites. Under Democratic Governor Steve Beshear, Kentucky leads the pack, signing up an average of 1,000 new health care patients a day. Ironically, it’s only in those states where Republican governors have rejected Obamacare that the administration has run into trouble.

Nevertheless, opponents of the Affordable Care Act are enjoying this meltdown a little too much. They love the fact that the launch is having so many problems. It just reinforces their stale old argument that the ACA should be delayed or dumped altogether. But they’re only kidding themselves. Obamacare is here to stay. It’s already helped millions of Americans. Problems with the website, which is only one part of Obamacare, will soon be fixed. By January, as many as 30 million more Americans will be able to sign up for the health care they need for themselves and their families, at bargain rates never before available.

In the meantime, this isn’t rocket science. The Obama administration should stop making lame excuses, admit they dropped the ball big time, and just get busy and fix the darned thing. Fast!

2768 Responses to The Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight

  1. Is it that nobody in this country is entitled to free stuff, or, is that only the privileged few are entitled to free stuff?”
    If nobody is entitled to free stuff we should shut down the check writing machine that keeps sending free money checks to the rich and powerful corporations.
    You want to give them more free stuff over and over again., buts that’s because they’re the …..job creators…right?
    Even when all they keep doing is blaming Obama for the job creations he has managed to eek out in spite of the Nein Nein Nein. Opposition.

  2. **We are getting left behind because of over regulation… Thanks to the likes of you*
    Did you not include yourself in the We “???
    So, good you’re making money.
    Off all the backs of 10 year old Chinese girls trying to feed their families. Good for you. Profit at all costs. Good business ethic. All costs.good for you.

  3. ‘http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/wal-mart_gets_25000_applications_for_350_jobs/
    My mistake , you really are wiz at math.
    We both know you need work on your comprehension skills, no?
    The jobs listed were from the top to the bottom. Not as you assumed as , all floor people. Associates.’
    Let’s see. You want to argue that my comprehension skills are lacking because I ‘assumed’ that all the jobs were for ‘floor people’ therefore you were correct with your claim of 10000 applicants per job and I was wrong when I said 75. Ok
    As proof you post a link which implies that all the jobs were for ‘ floor people’ based on the wages and specifically states 79 applicants per job.
    Last I checked 79 was much closer to 75 than it is to 10000.
    Exactly who has a comprehension issue?
    Any proof that the jobs were ‘ top to bottom’ as you claimed? No you don’t.
    Still unanswered is what does it say about Chicago. A town run my Ds for over the last half century that 25000 of its citizens wasn’t to work at walmart? Guess those liberal policies don’t really work do they?

  4. “Is it that nobody in this country is entitled to free stuff, or, is that only the privileged few are entitled to free stuff?””
    Only people getting free stuff are you and your pals. But it’s not free because those of do have to pay for those you who don’t do.

    “If nobody is entitled to free stuff we should shut down the check writing machine that keeps sending free money checks to the rich and powerful corporations.”
    Corporations aren’t getting free stuff, nor are the rich. What you consider as free is them not paying what you want them to pay. Yet is they who pay for your free stuff.

    I also see you don’t know what the a,epi an dream is. Kind of like ‘fair share’. It sounds good but you have no idea what it means.

    “Off all the backs of 10 year old Chinese girls trying to feed their families”
    I don’t kow any 10 year old chinese girls and I doubt you do either. That said the people I work for don’t make anything in China. We are trying to keep it all here but the unions and govt regulation make foreign markets look more attractive everyday. Not so much from a cost perspective but from an efficiency perspective. You can’t get Union labor to do anything but shit their diapers anymore. They’re pretty useless really.

    “Even when all they keep doing is blaming Obama for the job creations he has managed to eek ou”
    Eek out? Last month you were telling how the economy was on fire and good jobs were being created. Now we’re just eking them out? What happened in 30 days? Anyways, how is blaming Obama any different than you always blaming reagan? Especially since reagan is dead and hasn’t been president for 27 years. Yet you want to blame him for everything while you suck the dear leaders dick. Go figure.

  5. maybe you should tell your pals at CPAC who couldn’t form a sentence that didn’t include the name Reagan. Patron Saint of lying sacs o shit.

    **We are trying to keep it all here but the unions and govt regulation make foreign markets look more attractive everyday***
    This proves you are truly a fucking idiot.

    Figures are in. The Americans are paying $ 10,000 each for every man women and child in this country in corporate subsidies. When you pair this with the complaints you always have about the morte banes . Welfare , wic , food stamps only come to ………….$ 22.00 per every man woman and child per year..
    Who was talking about fair share??
    That’s fair ….isn’t it??

  6. ‘Figures are in. The Americans are paying $ 10,000 each for every man women and child in this country in corporate subsidies’
    While you’re complaining about republicans not competing a sentence maybe you should also complain about democrats like you not understanding the English language.
    Taking less taxes from someone is not a subsidy as they still paid taxes. Giving money to your friends who then blow it, like solyndra, is. Or taking money via taxes from one group and giving you another group who didn’t pay taxes would also be a subsidy. How much did we have subsidise you this year? As far As the American people giving $10000 a year? If you didn’t pay taxes you didn’t give shit, you took. Again why is it you think you have a right to other people’s money?

    sub·si·dy
    noun
    : money that is paid usually by a government to keep the price of a product or service low or to help a business or organization to continue to function
    Full Definition
    plural sub·si·dies
    :a grant or gift of money: as
    a :a sum of money formerly granted by the British Parliament to the crown and raised by special taxation
    b :money granted by one state to another
    c :a grant by a government to a private person or company to assist an enterprise deemed advantageous to the public

    Maybe the republicans will complete sentences without using Reagan in them when the democrats stop using Kennedy in every sentence.

  7. ***c :a grant by a government to a private person or company to assist an enterprise deemed advantageous to the public.***
    It looks like we’ve gone past the “as advantageous To the public”
    It’s become advantageous for the few. At the expense of the many.
    Hooray!!
    Bibi s here.
    Is this part of your new world order???
    Having a Zionist speak To your congress ????

  8. $22.00
    It cost you $ 22.00 / year for welfare,wic,food stamps.
    It costs you $ 10,000 for corporate subsidies.
    Looks like they have you complaining about the wrong things.,no?

  9. When a millionaire goes to bed.and wakes in the morning a billionaire.with absolutely no more effort than before, what do you call it.??

  10. chicago, a town trying to be run by democrats, while being owned by rich and republican corporations., vulture capitalists, scavengers like Bain capital.

  11. ……..when the democrats stop using Kennedy in every sentence.****
    This will stop when Rudolph GuilianI starts forming sentences without “Mayor” or ” 9/11″
    You’d think he was the Mayor of 9/11 !!!

  12. Reagan, the patron saint of voodoo economics. Sure he’s been gone for years but his legacy is still destroying everything., everything.

  13. Coke pulls Fanta ad over Nazi controversy.

    coca cola trying to rewrite history now???
    the US Government imposed restrictions on trade with Germany. but, the Fanta label even though still coca cola, allowed them to trade with the Nazis.

    speaking of Nazis.
    did you see the standing ovation bebi got from your Zionist congressional representatives?
    how can you explain taking sides against the Family….fredo??

  14. ‘***c :a grant by a government to a private person or company to assist an enterprise deemed advantageous to the public.***’
    Seeing as it wasn’t a grant you’re making the wrong argument. A grant is

    ‘ an amount of money that is given to someone by a government, a company, etc., to be used for a particular purpose (such as scientific research)’

    You have yet to explain how not taking (taxes) money from an entity qualifies as a subsidy or now a grant?

    ‘how can you explain taking sides against the Family….fredo??’
    You mean like you always did against bush?
    I see your anti Semitic vein coming out again. Yeah yeah, call yourself anti-Zionist but that’s just the PC way of saying you’re and anti-Semite.
    Who’staking sides against the family? It just so happens that we have an inept head of the family who can’t be trusted to safely lead a Girl Scout troop out of the rose garden. Then there’s the question of what’s the harm. What you’ve lost in all this is that all they are talking about are sanctions that will ONLY go into effect IF Obama fails at negotiations. If Obama is such a great family leader then there will be no sanctions. So really, what’s the big deal? Afraid your buddies in Iran might not get the bomb? You would really like that wouldn’t you? Odd how a liberal like you always ends up supporting those who beat their women, kill their gays, and deny their people equal rights. Everything you support but once again you prove you dont care about the act but only ideology of the actor. If they hate Jews then they’re you’re friends.

  15. ***Odd how a liberal like you always ends up supporting those who beat their women, kill their gays, and deny their people equal rights. ****
    Funny, that!
    That sounds exactly like your much esteemed ..Republican Party.
    I don’t support the Republican Party.

    *** (such as scientific research)’***
    Lolol,,
    You mean like a cure for Cancer that we keep paying and paying for with the hopes of curing it?? Only to come very close with very very expensive drugs.
    But no cures in sight??

    Bush was wrong on so goddamn many levels it isn’t even funny anymore.

  16. Having you of all people pointing out the ineptness of President Obama is sooooo laughable. Were you ever a president before?? Ÿou don’t even know where the rose garden is at!!!
    How many of your republicans decided they were ready to be a world ready leader, only to get laughed out of their respective races??? And will again next election.
    The Republican Party is shedding voters faster the white on the polar ice caps. There may only be that serious 21% that’s unshakable, left.

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