Now the rollout of the program is floundering but instead of suspending or delaying it, the Obama administration is going ahead, never mind whether it works or not. That’s borne out by the Washington Post’s disclosure yesterday that the government website flunked a test just days before the launch of Obamacare.
The Post reported that a key part of the website was tested to determine if it could handle “tens of thousands of consumers at the same time.” Incredibly, the site crashed “after a simulation in which just a few hundred people tried to log on simultaneously,” the Post said. “Despite the failed test, federal health officials plowed ahead.” Then when the website opened for action Oct. 1 it froze as only about 2,000 people tried to complete the first step, the Post said, citing two persons who were familiar with the event.
Meanwhile, the news media have tried in vain to get somebody in Obama Land to come forth with figures on how many or how few, if any, persons have logged onto the website and actually signed up for Obamacare.
The stubborn, un-transparent plunge ahead with the fiasco continues despite complaints from consumers, insurance companies and health policy experts about issues with the online system. Examples cited by the National Journal include “inaccurate information provided to people about federal tax credits; low-income people erroneously told they don’t qualify for Medicaid; and insurance companies getting confusing information about who has signed up.”
Meanwhile, just for the record, the latest poll by CNN/ORC, released Monday, found that 56 percent oppose the health care law versus 41 percent in favor, about the same it’s been for years. But again, the will of the majority means nothing to Obama and the Democrats who are forcing this law on the people.
The new poll also showed that 52 percent disapprove of how Obama is handling the job of president, 44 percent approved and 4 percent (incredibly) had no opinion on this extremely important question. Obama’s disapproval rating is about the same it’s been since mid-June when 54 percent gave him thumbs down. You might think he would have second thoughts, but he’s determined, if not obsessed, to get his health care program going. So we’re going to get Obamacare, whether it works or not.
But even as the problems continued, the word from the White House was, in effect, “Full speed ahead!” The administration is not thinking about a delay in the individual mandate (a consideration given to businesses) even though it means most people must have insurance next year or pay a fine.
At some point, maybe enough Americans will wake up and demand a halt to this intrusive program. On the other hand, give it time and Obamacare may topple from its own weight.