No Matter What Happens To Trump, Trumpism Is Here To Stay
Even if we succeed in excising Donald Trump from the GOP, he has drawn a road map for others like him to stoke the same fears and antagonismsRead More »
The wise folks who stuffed Obamacare down my throat decided I wasn’t capable of choosing my own insurance plan. Ever attentive to my needs, they established the Health Insurance Marketplace where I could go and find a federally approved plan. The last three days I have gone to the only place I am allowed to buy health insurance only to see this:
“We have a lot of visitors on the site right now. Please stay on this page. We’re working to make the experience better, and we don’t want you to lose your place in line. We’ll send you to the login page as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience!”
This, we need to understand, is one of the parts of government which hasn’t been shut down. This is part of the government which is supposed to be working. It’s hard to understand who threw up these barriers to participation, unless the White House heard a bunch of World War II veterans were trying to access the site.
Actually, the white House, and HHS Secretary Sebelius, have spent the past few months denying reports that the official Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, was underpowered, poorly designed, and jam-packed with more bugs than Chelsea deManning’s prison cell. Which is typical behavior for this self-styled ubercompetent administration incapable of confessing to a single error, whether it be slandering the Cambridge, Massachusetts police department or ignoring the assassination of a US Ambassador.
However, even this collection of guinea hens (I can’t call them peacocks, my younger brother tells me that’s a racist term) had to realize they had a train wreck on their hands. They had to realize they weren’t ready for their closeup. They had to be praying for a life line. They had to be searching for someone to bail them out.
Enter Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his band of irregulars, offering a funding resolution to keep the government functioning. All they asked in exchange was a one-year delay of the Individual Mandate. This should have been manna from heaven for our beleaguered President. However, instead of grasping the safety line this most partisan of Presidents chose to continue to founder in the sea of incompetence. Better to continue denying anything is wrong than to accept help from a <gasp> Republican.
So we sit here today, with millions of Americans facing the prospect of losing their health insurance with no way of replacing it, with half the government shut down, a credit default crisis looming, the world economy teetering in the balance, and our hapless President saying, “Where’s Putin? Why isn’t he bailing me out, the way he did with Syria?”