Excerpts from Politico
By: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
October 15, 2013
“If Apple launched a major new product that functioned as badly as ObamaCare’s online insurance marketplace, the tech world would be calling for [CEO] Tim Cook’s head.”
That searing indictment of Obamacare didn’t come from a conservative. Those were the words of the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein — yes, liberal Ezra Klein —and Evan Soltas in a blog post…
Now, two full weeks since its launch, the website healthcare.gov still isn’t functioning. ... But the Obama administration continues making excuses for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the people who spent hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on a site that does not work.
How much more money will her department waste — and how much time will Americans waste on the website — before the administration admits they have a problem? In a business, someone would be held accountable for such a large-scale disaster.
When pressed on her failures, Sebelius repeats her favorite line: “We had some early glitches.” …For two weeks, the Obamacare website has hardly functioned… That’s not a glitch; that’s a systemic failure.
HHS had over three years to build the system, and the launch date still caught them entirely off guard—though not for a lack of warning signs.
ObamaCare’s “chief digital architect” worried the site would be a “third-world experience…”
It’s bad enough that Sebelius and company produced a terrible taxpayer-funded product. It’s even worse that they didn’t heed the warnings or spot the red flags. They put on a smile, flipped the switch, and sat by as it crashed.
…They could release the number of Americans who have enrolled for coverage. But they won’t, saying they don’t know the numbers yet and will only report them monthly.
Then again, maybe they did such a terrible job building the system that it’s impossible even to do something as simple as count enrollees.
…Even former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs says, “This was bungled badly,” adding “I hope they fire some people that were in charge of making sure this thing was supposed to work.”
I agree. And the first person fired should be Secretary Sebelius.
Read the full post here.
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