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Obamacare Rollout a Dismal Failure; Jon Stewart Pans It

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 22, 2013

With the reopening of the federal government, the national media’s attention has turned to the dismal failure of Obamacare’s rollout.  The centerpiece of the rollout is a website set up by the Health and Human Services Department (HHS).  This site is the portal through which individuals tie into the exchanges that offer insurance options.  Since its launch the site has often crashed and supplied incorrect information.

President Obama has attempted to pass the websites problems off as merely “glitches”.  However, it is been reported by CNN that weeks before the October 1 rollout the system was crashing with only a few hundred simultaneous test visits.  Given the tens of thousands of hits the Administration knew would occur when the system went live, its failure should not have been a surprise.

In an interview this week with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Kathleen Sibelius, the HHS Secretary, was asked why the government did not delay launching the website given the known problems.  To that the Secretary rather answered: “There are people in this country who have waited for decades for affordable health coverage for themselves and their families. … So waiting is not really an option.”  This response is a clear indication as to why government is so bad at running major programs.  The obvious follow-up question should have been: If people waited for decades for the insurance, why not let them wait a few more weeks to get the system working?  The answer is simple; government bureaucrats are not held responsible for their failures.

When asked when President Obama was informed of the problems with the Obamacare website, Sibelius responded that it was not until October 1.  Given this response, Secretary Sibelius and her cronies at HHS either withheld important information from Obama, or she is now covering for the President’s refusal to delay implementing the program.

This reported lack of knowledge by Obama is reminiscent of his excuse for the mishandling of the Benghazi, Libya consulate attack that resulted in the death of four Americans including the US ambassador.  Obama’s comments this week concerning the website fiasco is also similar to his harsh words following the Benghazi attack, as well as the IRS scandal that targeted Conservative groups, with Obama saying that there is “no excuse for the problems” and “nobody’s madder than me about the website not working as well as it should.”  Mr. President, how do you think the people who can’t get insurance on the website feel?  It is time to stop the narcissism.

No high-level government official has been fired since Benghazi are IRS-gate.  It is not likely that any will be held accountable for the poor implementation of the Obamacare rollout.  In fact, Secretary Sibelius has attempted to put lipstick on a pig claiming: “What we’re seeing in not only the states that are run by the federal website, but states around the country, is that interest is huge.  People are eager to have this affordable product, and that product is there.”

Comedian Jon Stewart has put some humor on the government’s mess that is become the rollout of Obamacare.  This video is posted below.  Warning: Stewart uses some provocative and strong language in his presentation.



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