This story came up in the Yahoo news feed, a notoriously Liberal-leaning source:
Is the ACA Website Trouble Indicative of Obamacare Itself?
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — The initial implementation for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) website for insurance exchanges is having the same success as the Titanic’s maiden voyage. It is sinking fast. The Obama administration’s ineptitude streak for selecting technology solutions (think Solyndra) continues. Healthcare.gov is ineffective and costly. Glitch ridden as it was, there were warnings that it was not-ready-for prime-time months ago. <source>
Pure poetry by the author, Michael Tremoglie.
Then Tremoglie shares this quote with us:
“In weeks or maybe months, Americans should expect the technological problems in the health law’s exchange Web site to be fixed,” said Hadley Heath, senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum. “What cannot be fixed, however, is the flawed design of the President’s health law. The inability of Americans to access the exchange Web site is just one of the law’s many, serious disappointments, including forced changes to private plans, ever increasing costs, and reduced access to health care. This immediate technological failure simply illustrates the ineptitude of government when it comes to managing what should be free and personal decisions.”
I disagree with Heath’s optimism around whether the technology problems will ever be addressed, but that doesn’t matter: she makes a strong case for “the ineptitude of government”, specifically around “personal decisions”. This last distinction is something I’ve written about when explaining why publicly-funded fire departments tend to work well while government programs involving trillions of personal decisions (such as spending money, or consuming health care) always fail. Always.
Senator Pat Roberts, from Kansas, offered some blistering rhetoric, including:
On October 11, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) called on Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to resign. He said the website debacle showed that Sebelius is grossly incompetent and that this led to the complete failure of the exchange to enroll millions of Americans in health care plans as promised.
“How long do we let this failed exchange continue to operate?” Roberts said. “From the very beginning of the bill’s passage, I have said this cannot work. Just over 90 days ago in the GOP weekly radio address to the nation, I warned the American people that the exchanges were not going to be ready. In fact, I introduced legislation to end the exchanges and sunset the individual mandate if they were not ready as promised on October 1.”
“Today we know, the problems with the exchanges are systematic, profound and indisputable,” Roberts added.
Very strong indeed.
But then he stops short of what needs to be done:
“In the absence of a full repeal of Obamacare, which is my preference, we need new leadership from top to bottom,” Roberts said. “I am calling on the Secretary to resign. Everything we warned about has come to pass. We need a Secretary who can admit when enough is enough.The American people should not have to tolerate the chaos of the exchange, or the ill effects of Obamacare for one more day. They are already suffering in a terrible economy. They have higher taxes, higher premiums and great uncertainty about access to quality healthcare. We need a Secretary who realizes that.”
This is weak, particularly in the face of the severity of the early failures of Obamacare. Failures that are only going to get worse.
The solution is not that Sebelius resigns or is fired.
The solution is not that technical glitches get fixed, so that IRS-enforced penalties seem “fair” to enforce on those who failed to sign up for health insurance on the exchanges.
The solution is FULL REPEAL.
Nothing else will stop this cancer from torturing all of us, and killing many, and the momentum is firmly on our side at this point.