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!

3454 Responses to The Gang That Can’t Shoot Straight

  1. “Good question,
    What is the role of a president of a corrupt government??”
    so you’re saying obama is corrupt. got it.

    “The fuel spilling on impact creates a fireball in which Most of the fuel is burned.”
    How do you explain these?
    thehindu.com/news/international/aircraft-crash-kills-19-in-nepal/article3944860.ece
    bc.ctvnews.ca/fiery-plane-crash-in-fort-nelson-1.1471198
    crazycrashes.files.wordpress.com/2007/12/pan-am-1977-1.jpg

    You base your comment about this on what? Your years of aviation expertise? Keep in mind I’ve been in aviation for over 20 years. I’ve graduated from the Naval Safety Center Aviation Safety Officer course where they teach you how to investigate mishaps.
    Was Jet fuel the only thing could burn in that building afte a 230,000lb jet flying at 500mph smashed into it? Are you telling me the carpets, desk, wall board, ceiling tiles, computers and other odds and ends didn’t catch fire and burn? Remember there were a lot of other metals in that building besides steel that had a much lower melting point.
    “There is no way it could’ve burned the way it did or cause that amount of damage.”
    So did it explode or did it burn? Which is it. Explosives wouldn’t have made it burn any more than would jet fuel. Yet you seem to think there were explosives as evidenced by your comment “ejecting huge steel beams so forcefully some impaled nearby building”. Since this is your theory why don’t you tell me what happened. What kind of explosive was used? How did the ‘powder’ get there? What caused the fire that jet fuel couldn’t?

  2. “Here’s another question, how do you feel about working for a government that may have been lying to you all along??”
    Working for? I haven’t worked for the government for over 10 years now. How do Ifeel about it lying? Not good. I don’t like that our President lied to the people about the real cost of obama care, keeping your Dr if you like your Dr, taxes, and so many other things.
    If you’re attempting to assert that 9-11 was a lie you have yet to offer a shred of evidence. So far all you have are false accusations and speculation based on what you read on some nut jobs web page. Do you realize they probably got their info from alex jones? So in effect you are just running around parroting whatever it is alex jones said? Birds of feather they say. The question is will you even try answering the questions above pertaining to what kind of explosives were used etc? Or will pretend they weren’t asked? If don’t even attempt to answer then you admit you know nothing of what you speak of and therefore there is no conspiracy, just your stupid thoughts.
    you have yet to answer how you feel about voting for obama now knowing that he is part of your supposed conspiracy? Do you feel let down? Depressed? At one point you thought he had our best interest at heart. Knowing now that he falsely claimed to have killed osama (according to you) do you still feel that way?
    What about Hillary? She’s part of it to.
    Bernie? He says obama killed osama and he supports israel. What’s a girl like you to do?

  3. “do you believe dick Darth Cheney when he says , yes there is an alternate government here.”
    No he didn’t. Did you completely take out of context what he said? Yes you did.
    “Do you think you know everything the govt is doing??”
    Nope. But then neither did we when JFK was President and you were ok with that. You’re ok with obama keeping secrets so what’s your point?
    “The CIA has only recently confessed to murdering national leaders.”
    Really? got a source?
    “So, you yourself may be complicit and don’t even know it.”
    No more than you. You said you did mulitple tours in vietnam guess that makes you a baby killer right?

    Did you ever find the web site from which you plagarized?
    Got a source to the $30000, I mean $60,000 per person thing?
    Got a source that shows that Phil Knight makes $22 billion a year?
    Should I go on with your lies? If you can’t even suupport these simple things how do you even expect to be taken seriously about something as signigcant as 9-11? See missy, all of your lies add up to make you completely and utterly unbelievable. You’re no different than alex jones. At least he has a profit motive. You? You’re just wek minded, paranoid and hateful. Yes, hateful. Don’t even try and deny it. If you weren’t you would be equally as concerned with obamas role in your little conspriacy as you are about bush. But your not. And thats becuase you don’t really even care if the government was behind 9-11, you only care if you can implicate the bush family, and that dear girl is something only driven by hate.

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