IBD: Website Fiasco Reveals Larger Truths About Obama Care And Its Originator
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Website Fiasco Reveals Larger Truths About Obama Care And Its Originator
Posted 10/23/2013 07:12 PM ET
Socialized Medicine: To borrow a phrase from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the chickens are coming home to roost on this arrogant presidency and its anti-business, big-government agenda.
ObamaCare’s embarrassing false start raises a host of issues about the government-run health program going forward. It also exposes some larger truths and ironies about its namesake.
1. For help in relaunching his ill-fated website, the president is turning to the private sector he thinks can’t build anything without government help.
“If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that!” he claimed on the 2012 campaign trail. He suggested government deserves credit for providing roads and bridges and education. Government “made that happen!”
Now that he can’t make his website happen, he’s begging Verizon to rewrite the software code his government apparatchiks mucked up. Poetic justice.
Visitors to Obama’s unworkable healthcare.gov website are greeted with: “The Health Insurance Marketplace is open!” Only people who never worked in the marketplace would have the audacity to call a federally run boondoggle such a thing.
2. Obama is forcing customers to pay for a product that doesn’t work.
The president refuses to suspend fines for people who don’t want to sign up for ObamaCare. If he’s really providing a “marketplace,” why not make buying the product voluntary? If it’s really as “great” as he claims, people will sign up without government coercion.
Problem is, Obama needs to herd reluctant young and healthy people into the exchanges to cover the cost of insuring sicker, older folks who enroll. Without their subsidy, the exchanges go bankrupt, and guess who gets to bail them out? Right, taxpayers.
3. Obama has already blown $600 million just trying to set up a website to sign up applicants for his health care plan and the program isn’t even live. Yet he expects us to believe the actual delivery of medical services will run smoothly and efficiently?
Barring a mass firing, the same stiffs at Health and Human Services who bungled the digital rollout will be counted on to run 36 state insurance exchanges. Good luck with that.
The president also promises the whole thing will cost under $900 billion. Really? The 10-year projection has gone up and up with each new budget since 2009. The CBO estimate climbed to $1.4 trillion in 2010, to $1.7 trillion in 2011, to $2.0 trillion in 2012, and to $2.3 trillion in 2013. The latest forecast for 2014 is $2.6 trillion — nearly triple Obama’s original estimate.
4. Obama had no problem finding a bunch of high-tech whiz kids to come up with computer programs to analyze huge amounts of data on voters and get them out to the polls during the 2012 election. Yet after the campaign, he can’t launch a website.
His cutting-edge voter data-mining system, Project Narwhal, was built and tested a year before the election. Yet the ObamaCare site was rushed out with little testing.
This is more evidence the president cares more about grabbing power for Democrats than governing as an executive. The website debacle exposes where his true priorities lie. Obama really doesn’t care if the trains run on time, as long as he’s expanding government power.
Before the rollout, the president quipped that Republicans would be calling his health plan something other than ObamaCare the minute everybody sees what a great success it is.
He confidently predicted critics would detach his name from it to avoid giving him due credit. “Once it’s working well, I guarantee they will not call it ObamaCare,” he said last month before the disastrous rollout.
We have a feeling the name’s going to stick.