I want to present you with a few recent quotes that will demonstrate just how disastrous this Obamacare rollout how been for this administration.
- “I know that they’ve called in another private entity to try to help with the security of it. The problem is, they may have to redesign the entire system.” – Rep. Mike Rogers (R., MI) said on Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
- “I’ve been working in a bipartisan manner with Sen. Johnny Isakson [R., Ga.] and trying to put a coalition together of bipartisan senators, which basically says the penalty the fine of $95 will not be into effect until January 2015,” – Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) said on ABC's “The Week.” He's one of 10 Senate Democrats now calling for a delay of the individual mandate.
- “The rollout has been a disaster. And so what I’m proposing is that we extend the period in which people can enroll, so we can make sure we can get as many people who want health insurance able to enroll and be able to be covered.” – Sen. Jeanee Shaheen (D., N.H.) said on CBS' “Face the Nation.”
- “If [Sebelius]cannot reorganize to get the kind of a team in consistently to meet his agenda, then she shouldn’t be there.” – Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
- “It is possible. As more people since the first of October have lost their coverage than have signed up for the Affordable Care Act, the government program, in all 50 states.” – George Will on Fox News' “Fox News Sunday.”
So we have Democrats calling for a delay of the individual mandate (where was this outcry just a few short weeks ago when Republicans were called arsonists and terrorists for suggesting the same idea?). We have Congressmen pointing out the website may have to be re-done in its entirety if we are to have any reasonable expectation of privacy. Democrats themselves are using words like “train wreck” and “disaster” to describe Obamacare's rollout. And then George Will makes the observation that it's possible more people are losing their coverage as a result of Obamacare than actually signing up to get covered under Obamacare. I'd hardly consider that a “success.” This is why Senator Ron Johnson is filing legislation – “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep It Act” – to hold Obama to his promise. Investors Business Daily has the latest list of Americans who were unfortunately lied to by the president when it comes to keeping their health insurance.
As if all that wasn't bad enough, the federal exchange website had another huge, embarrassing “glitch” over the weekend when the system went down on Sunday and wasn't restored until Monday morning. According to HHS, connectivity to the data services center went down. Jamie Dupree notes how ironic this was, considering the day before Kathleen Sebelius bragged on her blog that the data services hub was one of the pieces of the Obamacare marketplace that was actually working! What a joke.
The rollout of these exchanges has been so bad that even the Washington Post is calling Kathleen Sebelius' appearances a national damage-control tour, rather than the informational tour they were hoping for. When all is said and done, it is possible that the Obamacare website will cost the taxpayers over $1 billion. This is the best we could do for that price? This is an absolute fiasco for Sebelius and for this administration.
But if you listen to Obama, Republican opposition to Obamacare is nothing more than Republicans “obsession” with denying people access to healthcare. Yes, we are back to this same, tired rhetoric from the president in his weekly address. He says that the GOP is “rooting” for Obamacare to fail. I have a newsflash for you, Mr. President: Obamacare is failing on its own, and it has nothing to do with Republicans! Conservatives don't want Obamacare to be implemented because they are genuinely worried about its impact on our costs, our jobs, our economy, and our quality of care. I'd like for someone to give me an example of government providing any service more effectively and efficiently than the private sector. Why would we put our own health on the line in order to hand over that kind of power to an inept government?
The bottom line is that even if the website works, health insurance is still likely to cost more for the vast majority of people under Obamacare. Obamacare relies on young people (who are healthier and don't really care about health insurance) to buy into the system. Without them, Obamacare faces a premium “death spiral.” Those aren't my words, those are the words cited in the New York Times: “Younger people, who tend to have very low anticipated medical costs, are supposed to help pay for the medical costs of older or sicker enrollees. Without them, so-called risk pools in Ohio and other states might become too risky, forcing insurers to raise premiums. Those higher premiums could dissuade more of the young and healthy from signing up, forcing insurers to raise prices again. Economists call the process 'adverse selection' and warn that in its worst iteration it could lead to a 'death spiral' of falling enrollment and climbing prices.” In order for Obamacare to work, it relies on a set of assumptions and actions that would only be rational in liberal la-la land. Those are not jiving with reality and could present big, big problems for this administration.
It's not just the young who will see increased costs but the middle class as well. The LATimes has a report on the “sticker shock” hitting many in California, where middle class residents can expect an average 30% increase in premium prices. One woman interviewed in the article hits it on the head: "It doesn't seem right to make the middle class pay so much more in order to give health insurance to everybody else. This increase is simply not affordable." What else did people expect? Someone was going to have to pay for this.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal really nailed it over the weekend with this statement on “Fox News Sunday”: “This is an incompetent rollout, but it is symptomatic of a liberal ideology that believes government should be running our healthcare.” He's absolutely right, and this is why conservatives are pushing so hard against this law.
We are beyond “glitches.” What we are witnessing is the failure of liberal, big government policies.