The New Republic makes the argument that one man is disproportionately responsible for Obamacare’s failure — Cato health care expert Michael Cannon.
I think I speak for many here when I say, “Huh — wha???” More:
No, it doesn’t make sense (Cannon offers a response here) but let me at least give you a flavor of the argument — it’s actually just a new or recycled version of one of the lame defenses of the administration that’s been out there for some time.
The short version is, evil Republican governors made setting up Healthcare.gov a much bigger project than anyone anticipated — never mind that the site couldn’t handle almost any traffic at launch, gave out incorrect prices to the few who did manage to log on, etc. But back to Freddoso:
If you want to blame Cannon for the feds’ failure to complete a simple IT project, then you might as well blame Democrats for passing Obamacare in the first place and making a government IT project necessary. You’d be much more accurate to blame the White House for ignoring all the red flags, ignoring the warnings of sympathetic experts who knew that they weren’t taking this thing seriously enough. No don’t blame states for taking advantage of an option that would allow them to avoid the whole mess by leaving the website in the feds’ hands.
HealthCare.gov crashed after midnight on its launch day under the weight of just 2,000 simultaneous users — a fraction of what anyone should have expected. And even if overwhelming interest hit them hard that first night, it has probably never been a true problem for HealthCare.gov or any of the state exchanges, it isn’t now, and I’m guessing it never will be again. Consider some of these state exchanges in states where they’ve actually tried very hard to make the law work. In Minnesota, for example, they had only 42,000 unique users in their first month. Dear reader, this humble website, Conservative Intel, gets far more traffic than that, and there’s no mandate that says all Americans must read it or pay a penalty.
The fact is that we have an unworkable law being promulgated by witless bureaucrats working for a deeply disinterested executive.
Let? It? Burn? You might as well try to extinguish napalm with a squirt gun.