Of Course The Website Isn’t Fixed

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air reveals what will come as little surprise to those who have been following this story:  the administration did not meet its November 30 deadline to fix the ObamaCare website:

Sloane’s description of the improvement boils down to this — you can go farther into the system before it fails.  That’s well before anyone can actually enroll.  Yesterday, the White House tried to spin the results by claiming that success was sustaining 50,000 concurrent connections in the database, but that’s only success if that’s all the government mandates Americans to do.  And this was on a Sunday, the slowest traffic day of the week.

Of course, the mandate is to actually purchase insurance, and the site’s front end isn’t ready to do that on the heavy scale needed to enroll millions of people in the next 22 days in order to meet the requirement. And that’s just the front end, as the New York Times reminds usThe back end is still mostly missing (via Jeff Dunetz):

Weeks of frantic technical work appear to have made the government’s health care website easier for consumers to use. But that does not mean everyone who signs up for insurance can enroll in a health plan.

The problem is that so-called back end systems, which are supposed to deliver consumer information to insurers, still have not been fixed. And with coverage for many people scheduled to begin in just 30 days, insurers are worried the repairs may not be completed in time.

“Until the enrollment process is working from end to end, many consumers will not be able to enroll in coverage,” said Karen M. Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group.

The issues are vexing and complex. Some insurers say they have been deluged with phone calls from people who believe they have signed up for a particular health plan, only to find that the company has no record of the enrollment. Others say information they received about new enrollees was inaccurate or incomplete, so they had to track down additional data — a laborious task that would not be feasible if data is missing for tens of thousands of consumers.

In still other cases, insurers said, they have not been told how much of a customer’s premium will be subsidized by the government, so they do not know how much to charge the policyholder.

Jeff wonders where the “Mission Accomplished” banner came from:

So where does the “mission accomplished” come from?

This is the administration where the DOJ investigates itself, where the State Department runs an investigation on Benghazi without interviewing the Secretary of State, and the head of the NSA appoints the people on a commission to investigate the NSA, of course they would have the people charged with fixing a failed website grading their own performance.

Healthcare.gov is not fixed from the standpoint of the insurance companies, nor has the security infrastructure been fixed, but that doesn’t stop the Administration from praising itself.

It took 42 months to roll out this turkey, and we’re going to be eating leftovers from the failure for months to come … and that doesn’t even include the damage done to coverage for millions of Americans who liked their plans.

Go here to read the rest.  That the website is still not fixed is actually good news for this administration.  The malfunctioning conceals from users the fact that most of them will pay more for this ObamaCare insurance than what they previously had, with sky high deductibles tossed into the mix.  Don’t think that probably hasn’t occurred to some administration officials who may not be as eager to fix the site as they pretend.  ObamaCare is a disaster for proponents of a radical expansion of the welfare state, and the question really is no longer whether ObamaCare will be repealed, but when.  Obama and his minions will put off the day of reckoning as long as they can, but with polls plummeting for Democrats in the 2014 election, that day of reckoning is rapidly approaching.


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  1. Some one, think it may have been my father, but I am sure others have noticed it and commented on it as well, that much “spending on the poor” and “welfare for the poor” really goes to the middle class and the rich–in the form of bureaucracy jobs and what not.

    Especially now in this day and age with “online banking,” the government could just swipe 10% of our income, sweep it into a government bank, and then redistribute it to “the poor” who would have an account at that bank. Basically, a lot of middle men could be cut out, our taxes would not need to be so high, and the poor would get more assistance. (I am not saying that I necessarily approve of this, but it would be a lot more efficient than the welfare mess we have now.)

    By the way, why does this silly exchange need to be set up anyway? I can go to Blue Cross, or Health Plus, or Aetna, or Health Priority and get my own plan, without having to go through the State to do it.

  2. My prediction. Obama continues to appear concerned about the web site and makes it his highest priority. (Remember, everything is his first priority.) The site makes progress slowly. Deadline approaches, and the Chairman pushes deadline out further. (Why not abuse power? He’ll meet no resistance.) Obama appears to be working so hard to make Obamacare work, the American people take pity on him.

    “He’s trying his best.”
    “He is just trying to make things better.”
    “If only those rascally Republicans would help, …”

    The 2014 election is not the homerun the GOP and thinking people expect. The GOP makes some gains, but nothing spectacular because
    a) the GOP do not know how to run an offensive play,
    b) Voters sympathizing with Obama’s well intentioned struggles choose to continue giving his lapdog Democrats another chance.

  3. “a) the GOP do not know how to run an offensive play,
    b) Voters sympathizing with Obama’s well intentioned struggles choose to continue giving his lapdog Democrats another chance.”

    2010 would indicate otherwise, and sympathy for any politician tends to evaporate quickly when voters see greenbacks flying out of their wallets because of the actions of the party the politician belongs to. We shall see how it all plays out, but I do not think the truly bad news for the Democrats on ObamaCare has yet begun.

  4. Indeed, the truly bad news for the Democrats on ObamaCare has yet to begin. Perhaps the troubles with he website serve to mask the full scope of the ObamaCare debacle. Five million cancelled policies are but a drop in the bucket compared with the deluge to come.

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