As a conservative I do appreciate one thing about the Obama administration: it makes the argument as to the evils of big government far more effectively than ten thousand free market sermons. Tom Bevan at Real Clear Politics takes a look at the Obamacare roll out, and the unbelievable level of incompetence it betokens:
Sebelius’ department had 3½ years to prepare to implement the Affordable Care Act. No one ever suggested that commandeering one-sixth of the American economy would be an easy task. (Many Republicans suggested the opposite and were dismissed as killjoys for their efforts.) But after the debacle of the last two weeks, liberals and Democrats—not conservatives or Republicans—should be calling for Sebelius’s head.
The administration’s handling of the implementation of Obamacare over the past three years has been a slow-moving train wreck: a mixture of embarrassing delays, hard-to-justify waivers, and assorted bad news about the unintended consequences of the law. Some of this was Sebelius’s fault, some of it was not.
The crowning blunder came 10 days ago with the rollout of healthcare.gov website, the centerpiece of the administration’s effort to sign individuals up for coverage through the government-run health care exchanges that are at the heart of the legislation. To say this was vitally important to the overall success of the law is an understatement. It is the aspect of Obamacare that the president himself has said is utterly essential—and backed up those words by letting the federal government shut down rather that give in to Republican demands to gut it. Nonetheless, its premiere was a giant flop – and Kathleen Sebelius is responsible.
The government’s website apparently cost more than $500 million to build—and counting. This is more than LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Spotify, and yet it has been a disaster from the get-go, freezing, crashing, and locking people out.
Go here to read the damning rest. Big government thrives on the illusion that people need a nanny state to take care of them, to smooth out the rough edges of life. As the Obamacare rollout debacle indicates, this is so much Wizard of Oz flim flammery. In exchange for tax dollars, government, at best, tends to be expensive, inefficient and clumsy. At worst, complete incompetence is the order of the day, and even a competent computer system for health care exchanges is simply beyond the fools currently in power in Washington, even when half a billion dollars is poured down the rathole for the web design. The truth is that with government we have a level of incompetence we rarely find in the private sector, because such enterprises tend to quickly go out of business. The nanny state is bad for any of number of reasons, but what will ultimately destroy it is sheer mind boggling incompetence.