Rep. Nancy Pelosi admitted Thursday that the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, needs fixing. At the same time, she downplayed the problems and issues plaguing the site.
“There’s no question that what’s happening with the systems, the national plans is something that has to be improved,” Pelosi told reporters. “They were overwhelmed by the traffic. Okay, but now let’s see how long it’s going to take to have that be fixed.” She added that she hopes the “glitch” will be found soon and corrected.
The problems with Healthcare.gov have had little to do with traffic, and constitute far more than a glitch. In fact, traffic to the site dropped off steeply between its first few weeks. The problems have had everything to do with how the site was built. In the latest revelation, Healthcare.gov is filling in incorrect information for some of the few Americans who have been able to create an account and buy insurance through it. The site has also been found to be a privacy threat. The site’s source code says, in text hidden from its users, that “at any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.”
Having dispatched the site’s technical woes enough to satisfy herself, Pelosi then moved on to laud Obamacare itself.
“But, that’s about the technology — about the benefits, about the liberation of people to a healthier life of liberty, freedom to choose their happiness, that all remains.”
Obamacare’s individual mandate — purchase insurance or face the IRS — is the opposite of “liberation.” Its mandates are causing employers to cut hours for employees and drop coverage altogether. Many of these who have their hours cut will find themselves having to obtain multiple jobs just to break even with where they were before Obamacare “liberated” them.