Healthcare.gov Still Barely Works
As we get back up and running from the Thanksgiving Holiday, the deadline for the Obamacare website has come and gone. CNN was able to get it to crash live on national television. But that’s okay. The Obama Administration got the New York Times to run a full page ad . . . errr . . . they actually called it journalism … claiming that | Read More »
ObamaCare’s “branding” problem
Yesterday morning, a peevish White House adviser, Dan Pfeiffer, snapped under the burden of explaining why President Obama was blowing off the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. At first he claimed the snub was due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict, but the merest glance at the President’s daily agenda (which his political team sometimes seems to forget is available to the public) showed that | Read More »
Meek citizens, reduced expectations
The sad tale of Jessica Sanford is sadly instructive, as well as a monumental P.R. disaster for the White House. The story seems to have pushed some normally Obama-supporting media spinmasters over the edge, notably CNN, which is covering the fiasco in minute detail, including regular updates on its website. Or are they trying to set Sanford up as a damsel in distress that Obama | Read More »
Healthcare.gov site advertising SQL injection attacks
Via Alex Hern on Twitter, we find that the Obamacare website has attempted website attacks in its search box, automatically prompted for you if you type or mistype the right letters or punctuation.
This tells us a few things: there is a lack of polish in the Healthcare.gov website, there are many people who want to break into the website, and there isn’t much confidence in the security of the website. All of these things should be troubling to people with data in that system.
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Capitalism can succeed where ObamaCare has failed
There was a lot going on during President Obama’s shamefully tardy press conference today. In the course of an hour, he packed in a ton of excuses, a weird takedown of his entire philosophy of government – don’t blame him, blame the system he demands your absolute obedience to! – a pile of gaffes that we’ll soon be seeing in Republican ads, and a last-ditch | Read More »
The illusion of choice
Authoritarians who still have to face unruly voters at the ballot box find it very important to project the illusion of choice. This is why statist programs like ObamaCare are always tarted up with capitalist language. You were supposed to be happily “shopping” for the “best deal” on those electronic exchanges that don’t work. Liberals love to portray government spending, and even taxation, as a form of “investment.” The | Read More »
Your personal information is not secure on healthcare.gov. #obamacare
This… is not an issue of too many people making the site crash. Heritage: Justin Hadley logged on to HealthCare.gov to evaluate his insurance options after his health plan was canceled. What he discovered was an apparent security flaw that disclosed eligibility letters addressed to individuals from another state. [snip] After multiple attempts to access the problem-plagued website, Hadley finally made it past the registration | Read More »
CNN reports Obama admin failed to ensure contractors could test Healthcare.gov
CNN has released a report that the main Healthcare.gov contractor CGI warned the Obama administration one month in advance that there were critical problems preventing them from ensuring a clean launch of the website. In particular, the administration was warned that testing was being obstructed.
The quote from the CGI memo leaves no doubt, if you understand the technical jargon used in the memo. I’ll take it apart and explain just how bad this situation really was.
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Choice and competition on the ObamaCare reservation
I’ve always believed a key insight to public thinking about health-care reform is that they don’t want to think of it like any other free-market product, including the examples we might hold up as competitive success stories. People don’t go bargain-hunting for health care with quite the same gusto that they’ll bring to the quest for a new car, or even a new pair of shoes. The | Read More »
The high cost of ObamaCare deception
President Obama’s Rose Garden press conference on the ObamaCare disaster featured a group of 13 human props, lined up on stage behind him to put a face on the alleged virtues of his health care scheme. It turns out none of them had actually purchased an ObamaCare insurance plan, and only three of them had even completed the application process. What a perfect summary of the disastrous | Read More »
How The Healthcare.gov Implementation Got Lost
What scares me are two aspects of this.
1) They didn’t miss by a wee-smidge. They missed the way Ayn Rand’s caricaturized failure characters missed towards the end of Atlas Shrugged.
2) The Obama Administration handled the development and its consequent failure in a way that no long-tenured professional would ever have handled it. They set themselves up to fail in both their contracting and their administration, they ignored adverse data that could have saved their rear-ends, they did none of the risk reduction that major acquisition projects require to insure success and they have no viable off-ramp or plan B to salvage this mess before the February 15th Individual Mandate Witching Hour.
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Yes, Healthcare.gov is an Obama Campaign Website
Well, maybe not technically, but it’s still one thing you can glean from this October 16th Politico article. In an article otherwise describing how royally screwed up the Obamacare rollout has been, you can find this juicy tidbit buried several paragraphs in: Facing such intense opposition from congressional Republicans, the administration was in a bunker mentality as it built the enrollment system, one former administration official | Read More »