Like the vast majority of the federal government, Obamacare didn’t shut down during the recent spending impasse in Washington, D.C.
Its namesake might have wished that it had, though …
The rollout of U.S. President Barack Obama’s signature socialized medicine law has been a colossal clusterfuck, most notably the epic (and ongoing) failure of the Department of Health and Human Service’s HealthCare.gov website.
Launched on October 1, the website has been plagued by crashes, slow-loading pages and forms which do not permit visitors to complete transactions. And in typical government fashion, it costs way more than it was supposed to.
Originally budgeted at $94 million, the site was pushing the $300 million mark back in May. And given all the contractors hired in recent weeks to fix it, the price tag for the site could soon exceed half a billion … with no guarantee it will work.
CGI – the Canadian company which built the site – was reportedly “forced to deal with last-minute design changes ordered by the government … hampering (its) ability to test the site.”
Of course a damning USA Today exclusive report exposed much more fundamental problems.
“The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system,” the paper reported.
“Health care reform is more than a website,” Obama’s press secretary told reporters last week. “Across the country, people are getting health insurance.”
Obviously this is the first of many disasters likely to be associated with the implementation of this new law … which is why we supported efforts to defund it (unlike the vast majority of “Republican” politicians in Washington, D.C.).