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October 15th, 2013 - 11:03 am

Mark Thiessen:

The Post reported this past weekend that the failure of the Web site is worse than previously known: “Even when consumers have been able to sign up, insurers sometimes can’t tell who their new customers are because of a separate set of computer defects.” It turns out that in some 99 percent of applications, the Obamacare site did not provide insurers with enough verifiable information to enroll people in their plans.

Computer experts say the problems with the site are not because of heavy traffic but are the result of structural flaws in system architecture. It is going to take months to rebuild it. That raises a question: If the federal government can’t manage a simple Web site, how on earth is it going to manage the health care of millions of Americans?

Of course, it was never about health care; it was always about power. And ObamaCare does more than perhaps any law in American history to concentrate power in Washington. I’m trying to think of a worse example, but I’m coming up blank. The establishment of a peacetime draft by FDR, maybe? At least that was a “temporary” national security measure.

More:

It also means that President Obama may have no choice but to delay the individual mandate. As my American Enterprise Institute colleague, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, points out, how can Obama penalize people for not having health insurance if the government’s Web site to provide that insurance doesn’t work?

Without the individual mandate, Obamacare unravels. The only way the law works is if the government forces young, healthy people into it by threatening them with penalties for not carrying health insurance. But if there is no penalty for not signing up, then fewer Americans will sign up.

You also need to induce people to sign up. And charging young people money they don’t have for a product they don’t want on websites that don’t work is hardly a recipe for success.

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I am curious. All the stories have been about the federal government's websites, but didn't some of the states set up their own exchanges and websites? How are they performing in contrast to the federal one?
1 year ago
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Hawaii was the first time to announce they'd create their own exchange, and the first to get funding and all the rest of the goodies.

After a disastrous launch on Oct 1, they were hoping to get it up and running by the 15th. Which is today. But Google News hasn't sent me any of the alerts I asked for...
1 year ago
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I believe this: resignation of Sebelius and delay of individual mandate clustering around December 15. Seriously, how can that be avoided?

After that, anyone got an idea on numbers, dates, events to pin down the "chaos," "implosion," "collapse" etc? Where's the next billion dollars supposed to come from for the 2.0 release? What, literally, happens at the end of the "death spiral" of high premiums and no purchasers?

Assuming the Repubs keep at least one house of Congress, does anyone agree that Obama will HAVE to call it off? Not that he'll sign a repeal bill, but that he'll delay the whole thing year by year until Nov 2016 renders it moot (Christie's repeal or Hillary's single-payer)?

The excuses are already taking shape: Republicans wouldn't kick him the money or legislative fixes to make it work, "folks" lost patience and wouldn't hang in, the idea is still sound but the execution just turned out to be a little hardern' we thought and you can't blame us because this was the first time anyone ever tried anything of this magnitude blah blah. At that point, by the way, we have an Angry, Resentful Obama in charge.

We'll know a few of these things soon enough, but I think we should plan.
1 year ago
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"if the government forces young, healthy people into it by threatening them with penalties for not carrying health insurance."

Can they impose extra penalties without Congressional authorization since Justice Roberts decreed that Obamacare "penalties" were taxes?

Full-time employed young people are likely to have employer provided insurance. Unemployed, part-time employed young people should take advantage of Obamacare subsidies. The only young people who are affected will be those working full-time for micro businesses who cannot afford Obamacare and drop employer sponsored insurance coverage. Is there enough of the poor souls to shoulder the damned program?
1 year ago
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"I’m trying to think of a worse example, but I’m coming up blank".

well, there was that whole mandating a fuel that was not yet available

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/business/energy-environment/companies-face-fines-for-not-using-unavailable-biofuel.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

and the Medicare Catastrophic coverage act of 1988 wasn't all that stellar of a success.

dred scott kinda sucked, too. but obamacare clearly is up there with the worst of the worst.
1 year ago
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Yeah, my thoughts exactly. Mandating compliance with unavailable services/products is "par for the course" for this administration!
1 year ago
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"And charging young people money they don’t have for a product they don’t want on websites that don’t work is hardly a recipe for success."

You racist bastich! What would Julia think of you now?
1 year ago
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Don't worry "tatter", Julia is already on welfare, food stamps and living in section 8 housing with her "undocumented democrat babydaddy named Raul". She'll make out just fine!
1 year ago
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Until the EBT card systems won't respond ...
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