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Matt Vespa


October 28, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Congressman Steve Scalise (R- La.) wants you to share your Obamacare story.  Why? Well, he decided to enroll in Obamacare and took him nearly two hours to make an account – only to be kicked out because his identity couldn’t be “verified.”

As a result, he couldn’t even get a price quote.

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In the time he spent grappling with the Obamacare website, the congressman was able to order and finish a pizza while he waited, which looked delicious.

This is whole Obamacare rollout is an abject failure.  Conservatives know it.  It’s the reason why they decided to shut down government for 16 days.  As George Will said at CPAC in 2010,”when public policy has become a punch line, the nation has a problem – and we have an opportunity.”

“This website is not a ‘glitch’ – it is a national embarrassment,” Rep. Scalise concludes.

Now, delaying the individual mandate, which was rejected by Senate Democrats during the shutdown as a concession to reopen government, is now supported by ten Senate Democrats.  My, how the tables have turned.

Now, Enroll Alaska, an organization created to get Alaskans into the exchanges, has decided to suspend such operations for the time being due to the software being unable to accurately calculate subsidies.  That’s funny. Didn’t the Wall Street Journal and Forbes’ Avik Roy report on that last September?  Yes, they did!


Matt Vespa is a web editor at and occasional writer for Hot Air, RedState, and Townhall Magazine.

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Now is the time for the GOP to say they were right to shut down the government. "We tried to stop some of the damage, but the President and the Democratic Senate refused to negotiate. We try to do the right thing, and we just get punished in the polls."
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Right idea but wrong phrasing. The first sentence reads as a mea culpa. Put the blame for the shutdown where it belongs, on that sea of Reids that is the Democratic Party.

The rest comes across as being whiny. Say instead that the punishment was to the American people.

I'm not trying to be smartassed here because I agree that the Pubs should keep reminding that they tried to spare the American people what they are now suffering. But how they present their case can be critical.
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