Let’s Put ObamaCare in Perspective

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,
  • D-Day,
  • 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.”

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  • DanMelson

    Obamacare is based upon multiple economic fallacies

    Has anyone considered that some virtuous soul may have sabotaged the website as a public service?

    And that fixing the website is like clearing a blockage at the entry to the Soylent Green plant?

  • GarandFan

    Garbage in. Garbage out. No amount of computer code will correct the deficiencies of a POS legislation that never should have been passed.

  • Hank_M

    As Obama once told a newsweek reporter…

    “You know, I actually believe my own bullshit,”

    That sums it up nicely.

  • Some years from now, a fireman, a doctor and President Obama died and went to heaven. Upon approaching the pearly gates they met St. Peter, who asked each of them why they deserved a place in heaven. The fireman said, “I spent my life protecting the public, saving lives and homes from fire.” St. Peter responded, “You’ve been a humble and faithful servant you deserve a place in heaven, you may enter.” The doctor then said, “I’ve spent my life tending to the sick and lame, and also saving lives.” Again St. Peter responded, “”You’ve been a humble and faithful servant you deserve a place in heaven, you may enter.” Then President Obama said, “I spent my whole life serving people, but what I’m most proud of is providing affordable healthcare to all the American peoples.” A third time St. Peter said, “You’ve been a humble and faithful servant you deserve a place in heaven, you may enter.” And with a wink added, “If you like your place in heaven, President Obama, you can keep it.”

    • Heaven for Obama, not a chance.

      • That’s what the wink is for…. just like when Obama said, “If you like your healthcare plan, you get to keep it.” It wasn’t so.

        This is a rewrite of an old joke that date back to early HMO days. The third person was a Health Care Executive that provided affordable health care to people. St. Peter let him in heaven, but said it two days he had to leave.

  • alanstorm

    But…but… but…BUSHHHHHH!

    Sorry – had an attack of liberalitis.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    The real scary thing is this merely is the tip of the iceberg. And the Website fiasco actually is a distraction. It wouldn’t be all that surprising if Team Obama is wrecking the federal exchange somewhat on purpose, or at least recklessly, to draw attention away from the termites under the floorboards. Obamacare is destroying the job markets and with it the economy. Slowly but surely we’re becoming a part-time nation. That’s an incipient disaster the likes of which never before has been contemplated. People who work part-time don’t get benefits and they can’t save for retirement. This will have economic, fiscal, monetary, and ultimately societal impacts far beyond easy comprehension. Obamacare’s destruction of the economy will result in a complicit Federal Reserve further monetizing our deficit and our debts. In 20 years if not sooner de facto we’ll be a third-world banana republic. The worst is yet to come.

  • RadiCalMan

    How can they implement a webpage when they are still trying to read the bill to find out what’s in it!

    • Easy, you just put the whole dang bill between and tags

    • Ponzi Scheme backfired, how funny!

  • Yes Let’s: No. 1 – We The People need to demand our money back on this Obamacare Ponzi Scheme by Obama & Co. A billion plus could go a long way, in tax refunds.
    Also: No. 2 – Obama needs to be realistic and not for God’s sake blame stray cats and dogs. How is that for the right perspective, huh! Tell the truth for a change.
    Last but not least: No. 3 – Obama and the Regime resign, NOW!!!!