With boundless absurdity, Democrats and the White House are trumpeting the 7 million Obamacare exchange signups as some kinds of success story.
Really, it makes me want to go outside and bang my head against the maple tree. But I’m never able to work after I do that, and I have more articles to write today.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was beside himself Tuesday.
I’ve been at the White House from the very beginning and have seen people say that meaningful health care reform could not be done more times than I can count.
From before the law passed when such a transformation of the health care system was thought to be politically impossible to the day that it reached the Supreme Court, throughout an election year when it was the principal subject of debate, and from October, when critics said the website could not recover, much less reach independent experts’ predictions on how many people would sign up — even those independent experts lowered their estimates.
But with the remarkable surge in enrollment, 7,041,000 people signed up for health insurance before the midnight deadline yesterday.
The “success” is even being touted as proof that Obamacare and even Obama’s liberal ideology are sound.
“Back in the fall, conservatives seized on the flubbed Obamacare rollout as proof that President Barack Obama’s brand of liberalism doesn’t work,” wrote David Nather in Politico. “Now, the law’s opponents aren’t about to say that critique was wrong — but they’ve lost the best evidence they had,” he crowed.
Let’s just stick with the website, and not address the endless other issues with Obamcare.
Healthcare.gov probably cost in the hundreds of millions to fix, after already racking up several hundred million to build. House Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) estimated in December that the cost could top $1 billion.
Yes, if you throw enough money at something it will work. Enormous resources, directed by people at the highest levels of the White House, were amassed save this first iteration of Obamacare, the broken website, after it had been slapped together in the most incompetent manner imaginable. This is proof that government works?
What about the rest of Obamacare’s implementation, which surely won’t have the same high-level tender loving care? The incredible fiasco of “fixing” the website actually should strike horror into the hearts of all of us who will be subjected to future government intervention in our health care.
BTW, far from predicting the website “could not recover,” Issa actually forecast back in December that it would eventually work.