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Ed Driscoll

Obamacare Website: Potemkin Villages All the Way Down

December 2nd, 2013 - 4:19 pm

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“Potemkin Village, anyone?”*, Mark Finkelstein quips at Newsbusters. “Joe Scarborough has offered a scathing simile for the new-’n-improved Obamacare website. On today’s Morning Joe, he likened the site to the set of a Hollywood Western — pushing back the facade reveals that there’s nothing behind it:”

Even former Obama spox Robert Gibbs — proudly sporting an Auburn jersey — acknowledged that big chunks of the system, including the payment mechanism for subsidies, haven’t even been built. So people can go to the site, receive the illusion that they have obtained coverage, only to find that there is no follow-through. View the video after the jump [at the Newsbusters Website].

Consider what kind of nightmarish scenario we have entered, in which President Obama engineered the government takeover of 1/6th of the our economy, only to inflict a dysfunctional Fantasy Land.

Actually, Scarborough is unintentionally taking a rather cheap shot at Hollywood movie sets, which were always intended to be make-believe, and therefore worked perfectly well for their builders’ intended use — though as Kathy Shaidle quips in the email she sent me with the above link, insert “Spahn Ranch” joke here.

But he’s certainly right that the Website is merely a facade and that Healthcare.gov isn’t working, as John Podhoretz writes today at Commentary:

If you believe the reporting of the New York Times, what the Obama administration said on Sunday was a lie.

The lead Times story today, co-authored by the health-care expert Robert Pear, says this: “The problem is that so-called back end systems, which are supposed to deliver consumer information to insurers, still have not been fixed.”

The story expands on this point in great detail, but the fact is simple: There is no such thing as a functioning website if the “back end” isn’t working. The “back end” is the catchall phrase for everything you don’t see when you visit a website. It refers to the software that translates pictures and words into what you see here. It refers to the software that mediates the relationship between 1) users who enter information, 2) the servers that store the website’s information, and 3) third parties hired to take some (but not all) of the information and process it on their servers and computers. It refers to the security systems put in place so that the website cannot be disabled by an outside attack and so that the data entered cannot be stolen or otherwise compromised.

In other words, the back end is the website. What many people are seeing now at healthcare.gov is a visual demonstration of a sign-in. If the sign-in data are not transferred to a database, nothing has happened. It’s like taking a practice test; it’s not scored and it’s not registered and it means nothing.

Which is why Gibbs also suggested to Scarborough that ”Hey, maybe the White House will start being honest about ObamaCare now,” as Ed Morrissey paraphrased at Hot Air. And if Robert Gibbs, who first floated the idea of Obamacare to his boss when he was getting his clocked cleaned by Hillary in the early 2007 Democrat presidential debates, is now telling the White House to be more honest, we’ve gone (even further) through the looking glass indeed. Though as one of the Hot Air commenters quipped, Gibbs’ timing in bailing out before the White House entered its quagmire phase was fortunate:

Gibbs just happened to be there for the ‘competent’ part of the Obama period — i.e. the part where not enough people were negatively affected by their programs for blow-back to arrive. Switch positions, and he’d be dolloping out the BS in the same large helping as Jay Carney, while Jay was sitting with Scarborough urging the White House to be more transparent about ObamaCare’s status.

As a result, the White House press corps is having fun today treating Jay Carney, Gibbs’ successor, like a chewtoy. ABC’s Jon Karl tries his best to get Carney to utter the words “Mission” and “Accomplished” in the same sentence; another reporter asks if the president himself has signed up yet for his namesake act:

* All the way down, which is how we got here in the first place.

Update: All the way down:

(Artwork above inspired by a similar example in the 2008 book, Art & Design in Photoshop.)

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The a-holes grilling Carney sure did a great job in explaining things while the law was being passed without anybody reading it.

Things are all one big joke to these morons. What happens to all the people who can't get doctors after Jan.1?
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Dear Leader's new clothes have no back end.
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In spite of all the talk about the functional disaster the Obamacare website is we also seem to here that it works fabulously well when it comes to personal data collection. Are we missing the point here? Do you effectively hand over your financial estate and privacy to the government in toto simply by attempting to sign up? What is the big picture here? Is it the absolute socialization of life in this country in the guise of health insurance reform?
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Socialists lie. ALL THE TIME.
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The a-holes grilling Carney sure did a great job in explaining things while the law was being passed without anybody reading it.

Things are all one big joke to these morons. What happens to all the people who can't get doctors after Jan.1?
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Gibbs bailed just as reality was biting. He may have some insider's knowledge but he is cruisin' fo a bruisin' from his erstwhile employers and current, presumably, ideological mates. Good times.
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The website security also is apparently at the level of v1.0 of Internet Explorer, according to this report from NBC's non-slavishly devoted to Obama cable channel:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101225308
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The web site is serving its purpose:

RIGGING THE FUTURE: Obamacare Creates 50 New State Databases With No Function Beyond Gathering Potential Voter Information, Real or Fraudulent
It was never just a health care “fix”: A series of precise, brilliant, secretive, and illegal decisions by Obamacare authors led to the creation of 50 unbeatable election tools — and to nothing else. As you read, try to identify a rational explanation besides malevolence. (This is Part One of a two-part article.)
http://pjmedia.com/blog/rigging-the-future-obamacare-creates-50-new-state-databases-with-no-function-beyond-gathering-potential-voter-information-real-or-fraudulent/
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--a synchronicity:

http://www.barnhardt.biz/

Ann Barnhardt speaking of Pope Leo XIII:

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I can’t resist posting these excerpts, because he is speaking directly to us. ”Relevant” doesn’t begin to do it justice. All emphases are mine.

From paragraph 2, (confirming) my position that the United States no longer actually exists as a licit state:

…if, in administering public affairs, it [government] is wont to put God aside, and show no solicitude for the upholding of moral law, it deflects woefully from its right course and from the injunctions of nature; nor should it be accounted as a society or a community of men, but only as the deceitful imitation or appearance of a society.

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Why was the $600,000,000 contract for this Web site awarded to a foreign (Canadian) company? And why was it awarded without competitive bidding?
It certainly sounds like some bribes and kickbacks were involved.
Imagine how many American jobs this would have created.
Imagine what backdoors the Canadians put in the millions of lines of spaghetti code.
Imagine what you will feel when your medical records are sold on the international black market.
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Because they knew they would need a scapegoat?

Acturally, the are a perfect fit- long history of building very expensive things that never work at all and then building a replacement- that never works at all- just like government.
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Dear Leader's new clothes have no back end.
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Maybe Obama himself is just a holographic image.

Maybe one day while he's prevaricating on TV, he will just start to look more and more like static lines and then disappear.
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It is the Max Headroom Presidency.
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