Sometimes we tend to lose perspective on things in the heat of battle. I ran across something today that really put ObamaCare in perspective for me. Let’s start with a couple of highlights.
First, the ObamaCare website is a disaster. Even for the six people who managed to sign up for it on Day 1. I’m not going into the technical problems, but the problem is NOT “a few lines of bad code”. It’s more like really bad architecture that messing with code won’t fix.
Second, the website is absolutely, hands-down, the easiest part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A website either works or it doesn’t. It doesn’t have feelings or expectations. I’ve written maybe a million or so lines of computer code in my life and I’m not an IT professional but I’ve designed, coded, and implemented some pretty complex business systems and I’ve fiddled with lots of websites. I’m no expert. But I do know enough to know that code, unlike people, is without passion. Unlike people, it can’t be insulted and it only does as it’s told.
The hard part of the ACA is the people part. Cancelling millions of insurance policies shortly after their owners had been told “You can keep your policy, PERIOD.” Watching while people endure sticker shock and watching the look of unbelief when a 60 year old man is told his new policy is much better than his old, cancelled policy because it includes maternity care.
So much for the basics. Let’s take a look at what the administration’s “project manager”, Kathleen Sebelius, has to say about where we’re at with the Affordable Care Act implementation in a CNN interview, keeping in mind that she’s only talking about the easy part.
HHS Secratary [sic] Sebelius partial interview with Sanjay Gupta:
GUPTA: When did Obama know there was a problem?
SEBELIUS: Well, I think it became clear fairly early on, uh, the first couple of days, that…
GUPTA: But not before that, though? Not before…
SEBELIUS: No, sir.
GUPTA: — October 1st?
SEBELIUS: I think that we talked about, uh, having — testing, uh, going forward. And if we had an ideal situation and could have built the product in, you know, a five year period of time, we probably would have taken five years. But we didn’t have five years. And certainly Americans who rely on health coverage didn’t have five years for us to wait. We wanted to make sure we made good on this final implementation of the law.
Sebelius apparently needed five years to build the website.
In actuality, she had three years, six months, ten days to build the website. What could have been accomplished in that time, I wonder?
Well, one of Bret Baier’s listeners sent him an email that outlined something that WAS accomplished in that time. I’ve taken some liberties with formatting, but the words are those of Baier’s listener.
“Putting things in perspective:
- March 21st 2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days.
- December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day.
What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage.
- Mobilization of millions,
- [B]uilding tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc.
- Turning the tide in North Africa,
- Invading Italy,
- Battle of the Bulge,
- Race to Berlin – all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!!
And in that amount of time – this administration can’t build a working webpage.”