The White House Obamacare deception campaign continues, with a false claim by administration officials that they have succeeded in their goal of fixing the website by December 1.
Remember the claim: things would run smoothly for a “vast majority of uses.” I don’t care what number you put on it, “the vast majority” sounds like only isolated problems here or there. And that’s not what’s going on.
First of all, despite all the gibberish from the administration, we really have no idea how many people can enroll. We do know that many people cannot because the portion of the system that sends consumer information to the insurance companies doesn’t work well at all.
It’s like if Amazon bragged you could order off its website, only you have no idea if your new blender is going to get put in the delivery truck.
From the New York Times:
“Until the enrollment process is working from end to end, many consumers will not be able to enroll in coverage,” said Karen M. Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group.
Some insurers say they have been deluged with phone calls from people who believe they have signed up for a particular health plan, only to find that the company has no record of the enrollment. Others say information they received about new enrollees was inaccurate or incomplete, so they had to track down additional data — a laborious task that would not be feasible if data is missing for tens of thousands of consumers.
What’s more, the administration is bragging – BRAGGING – that the website is up and running 95 percent of the time. THAT MEANS THAT ONE IN TWENTY PEOPLE CAN’T EVEN GET ON THE WEBSITE. There is no private company that would survive with such a failure rate.
And if you can get on, only 80 percent of users can get through the process. Actually, it might be less than that, because an HHS official said Sunday the proportion was “in the zone of 80 percent.”
Do you go to stores where you have a one in five chance of browsing, making your selection, taking it to the register, and having the cashier vomit on your purchase? Do you?
It’s “night and day” from what is was, says fix-it administrator Jeffrey Zients. But the administration refuses to tell us how dark the night or bright they day.
They’ve fixed 400 bugs the say! Great! But they’re not telling us how many bugs are left to fix. It’s like telling Redskins fans their team scored 400 points. Okay, do you mean Sunday night? In a season? In the history of the franchise?
The system has two times the “application environment” capacity, four times the “registration throughput,” and three times the “database throughput.” Wow! Nice! Except, none of this means anything without context.
Do they think we’re idiots to try to put this over on us? Yes, they do – that’s why they felt they had to run our health insurance in the first place. But eventually even idiots like us can’t stand being constantly, constantly deceived.
Here are a couple of videos from Sunday offering evidence of Healthcare.gov fail.
H/T to Phil Klein at the Examiner, who also has an excellent piece on the website’s continued problems.