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It’s fixed! The White House say so!

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and I know you’ll rest much better knowing the ObamaCare website is now “fixed”.  No.  Really.  They say so:

The White House announced on Sunday that it had met its goal for improving so the website “will work smoothly for the vast majority of users.”

In effect, the administration gave itself a passing grade. Because of hundreds of software fixes and hardware upgrades in the last month, it said, the website — the main channel for people to buy insurance under the 2010 health care law — is now working more than 90 percent of the time, up from 40 percent during some weeks in October.

So there.  We’re at 90% and have been declared to be “working smoothly”.

Well, except for the part that actually gets you enrolled in an insurance program:

The problem is that so-called back end systems, which are supposed to deliver consumer information to insurers, still have not been fixed. And with coverage for many people scheduled to begin in just 30 days, insurers are worried the repairs may not be completed in time.

“Until the enrollment process is working from end to end, many consumers will not be able to enroll in coverage,” said Karen M. Ignagni, president of America’s Health Insurance Plans, a trade group.

The issues are vexing and complex. Some insurers say they have been deluged with phone calls from people who believe they have signed up for a particular health plan, only to find that the company has no record of the enrollment. Others say information they received about new enrollees was inaccurate or incomplete, so they had to track down additional data — a laborious task that would not be feasible if data is missing for tens of thousands of consumers.

In still other cases, insurers said, they have not been told how much of a customer’s premium will be subsidized by the government, so they do not know how much to charge the policyholder.

Details, details.  What’s wrong with you people.  It’s fixed!  We say so.  This other stuff is, well, something that is the insurance companies problem.  Or maybe Bush is at fault.  Certainly the Republicans.

But now that the White House has declared all its problems addressed — and on time too — well they don’t want to hear anything more about it.

“Health plans can’t process enrollments they don’t receive,” said Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans.

It’s fixed.  End of story.

Time to move on.  Change the subject.

Oh, and don’t call it ObamaCare anymore.


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36 Responses to It’s fixed! The White House say so!


    Well, happily/sadly many of us DO know what words mean.  We are still seeing people who cannot use this site for it purpose.  They MAY get further down the goat trail, but they still crash, and the site burns.
    We are not post-modernists. Ergo, we know when we are being lied to.
    And, since we are not Collectivists, we resent being lied to.


    • Everything that hurts the “Chicago Jesus” is racist.
      So obviously, is racist

  • Oh, except…….about…..the accomplished part……uh…..
    let me be clear!

  • “Hundreds of software fixes and hardware upgrades in one month”
    And you are really expected to believe that it will be functional after so many changes in so little time? All tested, debugged and ready to roll for millions of users? Bwa ha ha ha!

    • CHUCK TODD: David, the most interesting thing in this report, right, page one– it’s page three of the report, it says here that, “The team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness.”
      DAVID GREGORY: Yeah.
      CHUCK TODD: Okay, that is an acknowledgement that, “You know what? If this was a government operation for a long time and it failed, now we’re bringing in the private sector folks.” I mean, that is an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution, frankly, when you look at [unintelligible].

    • bottom of page 3

      While there is more work to be done, the team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness, and will continue their work to improve and enhance the website in the weeks and months ahead. The following charts provide data on the systems enhancements that have been executed, and the resulting improvements in the site’s key operating metrics over the last several weeks.

      • is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness”
        Gawrsh!  I love me some sales and marketing buzz talking don’t you?
        Would this be the type of private sector velocity and effectiveness I’d expect to encounter at – Solyndra?  GM?  Fisker? LG Chem Battery?

      • I love how the charts and numbers (400 bug fixes so far!) all pertain to just the operation of the website… as a website. You’d think that websites had just been invented and this one was written by some stoned grad students on a slow weekend to just see if they could get something to work, rather than grade all those undergrad exams. Amazing. Embarrassing, but amazing.

  • The N.S.A. leaker Edward Snowden today reached out to the United States government, offering to fix its troubled Web site in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

    Speaking from an undisclosed location in Russia, Mr. Snowden said he hacked the Web site over the weekend and thinks he is “pretty sure what the problem is.”
    “Look, this thing was built terribly,” he said. “It’s a government Web site, O.K.?”

    Mr. Snowden said that if an immunity deal can be worked out, “I can get to work on this thing right away—I don’t need a password.”

  • “It’s vastly improved”.
    Well, ok…
    It still cannot do what it is supposed to do.  Not at all.
    Plus, it can take your sensitive financial and private data and expose it to partisan bureaucrats and identity thieves more quickly and efficiently.
    Yeaaaaa, team.

  • Hey all – the website was the EASY part of this project.  After that it gets significantly more complex.  If this is their idea of success, what qualifies as failure?

    • “If this is their idea of success, what qualifies as failure?”
      Nothing done by a collectivist is ever a failure.
      If something is undeniably a failure, to the point that even their own base sees it, then is must be the complete fault of some non-collectivist. So the sub-prime meltdown and the resulting financial mess was the Republican’s fault even though Barney Frank et. al. designed it and got the “affordable housing” nonsense passed, and even though some Republican’s actually made noises about reining it back in when the problem started to show just after the turn of the century. Hey, Bush was president! His fault! Obama just inherited his mess!
      The Obama collective is still scrambling for how to explain the 404Care failure. They need time, so they attempt to pretend it isn’t a failure, but they know better. They just need to get their blame narrative ironed out.
      The “Republican sabotage” tack has not worked well. Lately, I’ve seen “American’s are just too dumb to make Obamacare work” floated.
      I’m guessing the insurance companies are slated to take the fall next, though they’ve been so cooperative with the whole nonsensical system that is hard to find a clear rationale to blame them that will be accepted by low information voters. If their politically clueless executives ever figure out that the collectivists really hoped this was all a prelude to doing away with insurance in favor of single payer, they’ll fight back the way they did against Hillarycare, so that blame shifting strategy might not work for the collectivists.
      But they won’t give up until someone throws them out of their DC offices, if that ever happens. They’ll just keep on redefining success, and coming up with ever more delusional reasons it’s someone else’s fault. Because they never, ever admit that collectivism doesn’t work – that way lies madness.

      • I’ve seen postings of people trying to say it was all a Republican idea and if the Republicans didn’t interfere we’d have single payer and avoided all these problems.
        Wow.  That didn’t take long.  The ACA isn’t even hatched and they’re pushing for single payer as a solution.

  • You know, it’s actually *worse* now because it appears to work.  At least when it was obviously broken, no one thought they were covered.  Now these poor people who got kicked out of their policies will think they’re covered.  Until they find out they’re not.  Wouldn’t that be fun if you were a cancer patient?

  • Barrons magazine had a funny editorial comparing the website debacle with hacker software. It takes a look at how hacker software is created quickly and cheaply and works as advertised whereas $600MM in does not work well at all. Well worth reading.

  • “When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn’t appear to have happened this time,” said David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat” hacker who tests online security by breaching websites. He testified on Capitol Hill about the flaws of last week.
    “It’s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn’t built into it,” said Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec. “We’re talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on the website itself.”

  • Suppose some inventor hatches an idea for what he thinks would be a great and revolutionary new product. He raises money from investors, sets up office, hires people–and fails spectacularly. The company’s customer service is atrocious, the product is expensive and lousy, and the whole business plan is fundamentally flawed. Who’s to blame?
    The news media, of course. After all, journalists could have put out stories touting the virtues of the product and explaining how to navigate the crummy customer-service system, and maybe then the whole business plan would have worked out.
    That, at any rate, is the argument Paul Waldman puts forth in an article for the leftist American Prospect. Of course being a good leftist, Waldman is not blaming the media for the failure of a private business. But then neither would any nonleftist. Yet because the enterprise in question is a governmental one–ObamaCare, in case you’ve been away from Earth for the past two months–the argument somehow makes sense to him.
    We find it not only wrongheaded but sinister (in every sense of the word). Waldman argues that journalists have a “responsibility” to provide “audiences with practical information that could help them navigate the new system”–and not just that, but to provide such information “repeatedly or people won’t get it.

    According to Jay “Baghdad Bob” Carney, Pres. ScamWOW is NOT enrolled in ObamaDoggle as yet.



    Obami: “The problem is we need smarter consumers”.
    But… The smarter the consumer, the less they support ObamaDoggle.

    • Then we can expect a count of ID10T error codes or perhaps the count of EBKAC error codes that are being returned by the site from the White House by mid-December, yes?
      Shouldn’t the ‘navigators’ be minimizing that problem?    (Loving a Navigator…..lovin it up till we hit the ground…..)

  • “We believe we’re a better country than a country where we allow every day 14,000 Americans to lose their health care coverage.”
    —Pres. ScamWOW today
    So, like all the boring bilge of his addresses, this featured lies, damned lies, and statistics.
    Along with straw-men.


    • “We believe we’re a better country than a country where we allow every day 14,000 Americans to lose their health care coverage.”
      Since Obamacare isn’t really in effect yet, what with the delays and all….and the delays in the mandate enforcement….
      @25,550,000 = the number of people who have lost their health care while Obama has been President, according to his own figures.
      They say they signed up 100,000 in a month last month…..that’s a shame….because at the same time, according to his numbers, 420,000 a month lost their health care.
      So, that means he’s 320,000 in the hole, right?
      I can play with bullshit numbers and made up facts too.

  • The resident Maine-moose-matriculator has been awful tightlipped about this whole flagship enterprise. One can only speculate on the lack of his usual verbose defense of all things Obami…

    • Nothing to talk about, working perfectly.  He only wants to talk about things that are glittering success stories, like, John Kerry, and what a super duper job he’s done with negotiating Iran out of their “nuculer” weapons program, or the filibuster, and what a super duper job Harry Reid did protecting democracy by changing Senate rules to work the way he likes today.
      He don’t want to talk about Obamacare, it’s the law of the land, working great, shut up, nothing to talk about.   Plus, it’s the holiday season, wherein he is busy because he celebrates some quantum faith based thing that reminds us we can’t know anything for sure, except there’s gravity, probably, that the Tea Party is officially dead, definitely,  that Arab Spring will save the Middle East…sometime…in the distant future, or maybe sooner, but we’re not sure because it takes time, and that Obama is a pragmatic genius who’s going to get a balanced budget and cut spending because he thinks like Scott.

      • Oh I see. I just assumed his nice public-sector insurance policy got cancelled and he can’t muster the chutzpah to still defend the meaty goodness of Obamacare.

        • Next year, when his teaching assistants have been let go and the college has to pay extra because the health care coverage they have is ‘too good’ (which I translate to mean, “we aren’t all sitting in shit together, and it’s not fair….”)