We may be witnessing the most awesome crackup in the history of American Government. Today is the day that the ObamaCare website was supposed to finally be working, after it was originally supposed to be working. Well, yesterday was the day. I am writing after midnight. Is it working?
If it were, bells would be ringing across the land, or at least in the blue state media. I hear no bells. I went to the Washington Post website just now to look for something, anything, on the second coming on the ObamaCare website Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker died in a fiery crash and President Obama shopped at the Politics and Prose bookstore. Maybe that tragic crash was a metaphor. I’m not sure about the bookstore.
The New York Times leads with a story about the attempt to rescue “a Health Care Site and Obama”. To the Times’ credit, it is a good story.
As a small coterie of grim-faced advisers shuffled into the Oval Office on the evening of Oct. 15, President Obama’s chief domestic accomplishment was falling apart 24 miles away, at a bustling high-tech data center in suburban Virginia…
Out of that tense Oval Office meeting grew a frantic effort aimed at rescuing not only the insurance portal and Mr. Obama’s credibility, but also the Democratic philosophy that an activist government can solve big, complex social problems. Today, that rescue effort is far from complete.
The website, which the administration promised would “function smoothly” for most people by Nov. 30, remains a work in progress. It is more stable, with many more people able to use it simultaneously than just two weeks ago. But it still suffers sporadic crashes, and large parts of the vital “back end” that processes enrollment data and transactions with insurers remain unbuilt.
Allow me to translate. “Far from complete” means “no”. The website isn’t close to working. If you don’t believe me, ask the Obama Administration. They are now trying desperately to keep people from actually using the website. Again from the NYT:
WASHINGTON — White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users.
At the same time, administration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile HealthCare.gov.
At this point, a new edition of a picture dictionary could put Obama’s face next to the word “disaster”.