Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Zero Credibility

It's hard to imagine who has less credibility right now, Forbes' professional GOP Obamacare propagandist Avik Roy is in one corner...

A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.

Yes, the Obamacare website's troubles are in fact programmed in on purpose because it's a giant conspiracy folks, what are you going to do?

And yet Roy sounds calm and measured next to new king emoprog and useful idiot Ezra Klein, who takes what should be legitimate points about Obamacare's federal launch and then all but calls for mass firings in HHS and the White House.

We're now negative 14 days until the Affordable Care Act and most people still can't purchase insurance. The magnitude of this failure is stunning. Yes, the federal health-care law is a complicated project, government IT rules are a mess, and the scrutiny has been overwhelming. But the Obama administration knew all that going in. They should've been able to build an online portal that works. 
Early on, President Obama like to compare the launch of the Affordable Care Act to Apple launching a new product. Can you imagine how many people Steve Jobs would've fired by now if he'd launched a new product like this? 
So is anybody going to be held accountable? Is anybody going to be fired? Will anyone new be brought in to run the cleanup effort? Does the Obama administration know what went wrong, and are there real plans to find out?

It's really difficult to tell the difference between Roy and Klein right now, and that should pretty much tell you everything you need to know.  Because, gosh, Republicans sure are calling this a bigger scandal than BenghaziIRSDebtGate, and Ezra is happily playing along with the GOP calling for heads when maybe he should pull his own head out of his ass and realize that A) Republicans and SCOTUS happily made an overwhelmed federal exchange system the default in 36 states, and B) these same assclowns are about to do far, far more damage to our country in about 48 hours than a glitchy website.

Yes, it's bad that the websites are having problems.  You know what's worse?  Not having an economy due to a default cascade ripping the global economy into shreds.  You're exactly the distraction the GOP is counting on right now.

Get some goddamn perspective, Ezra.

1 comment:

West_of_the_Cascades said...

Great point about Klein - "will anyone be brought in to run the cleanup effort" ... which part of "THE REPUBLICANS HAVE SHUT DOWN THE FUCKING GOVERNMENT, so, no, there is no way to "bring someone in" right now, much less actually get the furloughed IT people at HHS back to work" doesn't he understand? Thanks for playing, Ezra.

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