System flaws, 10-year-old technology and a frustrated buying public are at the center of President Obama’s health care “recall.” He’s enlisting the best and the brightest technicians to solve the problem.
But wait, wasn’t that done when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was set up?
“Well, for starters, a lot of people would like to know how the federal government showered $634 million on a host of IT contractors to build HealthCare.gov, a website that has had the worst debut of any product since New Coke,” according to The National Review. “The site is supposed to provide a menu of insurance plans for Americans in the 36 states without their own site. Instead, it has become a black box — the few applications insurance companies have managed to receive from it are glitch-filled and error-riddled, the insurers say.”
So, in the truest government form, our president is going to spend more money to solve a problem for a problem that impacted 7.23 percent of America – the uninsured.
Since ACA (a.k.a. Obamacare) was launched on Oct. 1, visits to HealthCare.gov plummeted by 88 percent. Oh, has it been mentioned that the site was taken down at least twice since the launch. Why? “Fixes.” Wait a minute, if the fixes were made, why is the president feeling it’s necessary to bring in the best and brightest?
Computer “glitches” seem massive. USA TODAY reports that “the federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system.” Apparently, those IT contractors that were part of setting things up decided to dump old product on the U.S.
So who’s responsible for this massive technical failure? (Pointing fingers is a Washington, D.C. pastime.) Some are willing to throw Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius under the bus. But wait, it’s not called “Sebeliuscare.” Ultimately, the buck stops at the top. Either fix this monstrosity or trash it and find a better way to add to the $17 trillion debt.