When it comes to ObamaCare, things could not be going more poorly for this administration. What's clear is that they are trying desperately to isolate the bad PR: Obama didn't call on any TV reporters in his press conference the other day and no questions were asked about ObamaCare. It's sad when Jon Stewart has to be the one to grill this administration – in this case, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – for answers about ObamaCare. What's even more amazing is when you start to lose members of the Obama-mania media like Wolf Blitzer who seemed to agree that the glitches are so bad, maybe the administration should have taken the GOP's advice and delay.
You can't say they weren't warned though. According to an article in Forbes, “We’ve known since at least February that the exchanges were looking shaky … There was a survey by Edifecs, a health-care IT consulting firm, found that 70 percent of insurers were 'skeptical that the [exchanges] will be ready to launch by the October 1, 2013 deadline.' 93 percent said that exchanges were not seeking enough feedback from insurers; 75 percent were 'very concerned with being able to reconcile premium, enrollment, and payment records' from exchanges; and 88 percent were 'concerned about potential disruption to existing IT enrollment infrastructure and processes.'” Yet the administration went forward anyway. Why? Because not going forward would have made them look bad. But is it possible that they miscalculated and that they actually look worse now that this isn't working? I would argue yes.
The taxpayers have shelled out $634 million for a website that doesn't work. That's just an embarrassingly frustrated use of our tax dollars. A new AP-GfK poll finds that just 7% of Americans say the roll out has "gone well." That's pretty telling. Virtually everyone recognizes this to be a boondoggle. This is important because this is people's first impression of the law. Imagine how skeptical Americans will be as ObamaCare grows and expands and becomes even more intrusive in your life, your medical care and your wallet. As Investors Business Daily points out, these ObamaCare glitches are only a sign of things to come. And let's not forget, government actuaries estimate that ObamaCare will increase healthcare spending by $621 billion over the next 10 years. That money has to come from somewhere!
Meanwhile, the hits just keep on coming. The deluge of stories pointing to the failures of ObamaCare pile up each and every day. Here's a look at some of the latest:
- Andrew Johnson at NRO has compiled a list of 30 ObamaCare fails.
- Personal data you provide in the ObamaCare marktplace can be used for law enforcement and audit activity purposes, according to the Weekly Standard.
- When one signs up for the ObamaCare exchange in Maryland, apparently there are no doctors to be found! So much for, "If you've got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor.”
- Looks like there are no doctors found in the Minnesota exchange either.
- CBS interviewed a computer expert and a supporter of Obamacare, who said, “I would be ashamed and embarrassed if my organization delivered something like that.”
- An Alabama family’s premiums are skyrocketing by nearly 300% due to ObamaCare.
- A Florida television report claims that your credit score will “have a big impact” on your ObamaCare costs.
- Has Obama even bothered to take the time to access Healthcare.gov, let alone sign up for coverage? The answer is, we don't know. But if he has, do you really think he is going to admit he had problems?
- The Heritage Foundation has created this funny video, ObamaCare: More than a glitch.