Now stop it. Not that back end.
It always amazes me how fictions, repeated by the administration and parroted by the press as if engaged in responsive prayer, eventually become accepted gospel.
You know, like “the debate over global warming is over.” Or another one I keep noticing, “Obama is a reformed smoker.” Actually, he still chews Nicorette. It’s the nicotine that’s the addiction, not the presence of a cigarette in the mouth.
Remember the common, Obama-driven wisdom that the sequester was a fools game that would never, ever be played? The passive acceptance in the press that those who had insurance would be held harmless by Obamacare?
The list goes on.
A good one making the rounds these days is that the Obamacare website is fixed. We know this, because the White House keeps repeating it. And people are enrolling by the millions. That good ‘ole Healthcare.gov – it’s 2014’s Comeback Kid!
Or maybe not.
Politico recently revealed that Healthcare.gov is “still missing massive, critical pieces — and the deadline for finishing them keeps slipping.”
The website’s “back end” is such a mess, it turns out, (I nearly titled this article “Obama’s messy back end,” but I spared you, okay?) that we really don’t know how many people have enrolled or how much the government needs to fork over in subsidies. Taxpayers could be on the hook for more money. Insurers may have to raise prices further and might opt out of Obamacare once the data come in.
The system’s “back end” is a tangle of technical workarounds moving billions of taxpayer dollars and consumer-paid premiums between the government and insurers.
The parts under construction are essential for key functions such as accurately paying insurers. The longer they lag, experts say, the likelier they’ll trigger accounting problems that could leave the public on the hook for higher premium subsidies or health care costs.
Politico warns that a “sharp revision” in the 8 million signup number could be the way.
What? Guesstimates and delays from the Obama administration? Who could have known?
The Obama administration says the back end will be cleaned up by summer.
Unless, of course, it’s not.
When that front end failed disastrously on Oct. 1, the administration diverted every resource to fix it, further delaying the behind-the-scenes technical functions.
The deadline for completing those pieces gave way to January and then to mid-March. Senior officials said early last month that they hoped to have the entire system ready by the summer. Now, even summer appears to be a question mark.
And yet the White House is using the signups it got as proof that Obamacare – no wait, government itself – actually works great!
And as long as they keep repeating that, I guess it will be true.
Much thanks to award winning cartoonist – and WHD reader – Mike Lester for permission to use his work, which includes the comic strip Mike du Jour.