The Foreseen Disaster

The Obamacare website is failure, the exchanges aren’t working and the President held a press conference yesterday that amounted to, “it was on fire when I got here”. Oh, well, I’m sure this disaster was a complete surpri … oh:

Days before the launch of President Obama’s online health ­insurance marketplace, government officials and contractors tested a key part of the Web site to see whether it could handle tens of thousands of consumers at the same time. It crashed after a simulation in which just a few hundred people tried to log on simultaneously.

Despite the failed test, federal health officials plowed ahead.

When the Web site went live Oct. 1, it locked up shortly after midnight as about 2,000 users attempted to complete the first step, according to two people familiar with the project.

Obama is trying to blame everyone else: it’s Republicans fault for not setting up state exchanges, it’s the media’s fault for harping on the failures, it’s the public’s fault for loving Obamacare too much. But in the end, they had three years and tens of millions of dollars to make it work and it’s not anywhere close to working.

A responsible “transparent” President would have acknowledged this in advance. He might have acknowledged that creating a national insurance exchange was a huge technical challenge and maybe even (gasp!) delayed implementation. But they pressed on anyway, afflicted the public with this cowpat of a website and are now desperately trying to pretend things are not so bad.

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  1. AlexInCT

    The Obamacare website is failure, the exchanges aren’t working and the President held a press conference yesterday that amounted to, “it was on fire when I got here”.

    Taking bets that they will not soon try to find a way to blame Boosh or rethuglican Tea Party terrorists for this…

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  2. AlexInCT

    A responsible “transparent” President would have acknowledged this in advance. He might have acknowledged that creating a national insurance exchange was a huge technical challenge and maybe even (gasp!) delayed implementation

    If you really didn’t see these problems as anything but features to the real plan, to ultimately crash the existing healthcare system and leave only the government controlled single payer system you can’t get otherwise, you would do exactly what they are doing now. You would tell the gullible idiots that all is well and not to believe their lying eyes.

    But they pressed on anyway, afflicted the public with this cowpat of a website and are now desperately trying to pretend things are not so bad.

    For whatever period of time the system remains viable they will provide the same kind of service to the poor people that have to suffer with it. And they will blame any pain it causes on the other side, just like they did with the shutdown and countless other screw jobs of their making. The sheep will gobble up that Team Blue cock and ask for seconds, even as they themselves get thrown under the bus. Sooner than later a few of them might even admit that they now see why the other side pointed out this shit sandwich was a terrible thing, but they will still feel obligated to keep taking that Team Blue cock, because while admitting this shit doesn’t work doesn’t hurt too much, actually getting rid of this pile of shit means the other side wins. It would almost be fun to watch these retards twist themselves into pretzels to defend the indefensible, if we all were not about to be subjected to the same government ass rape they are lining up to eagerly get.

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  3. Hal_10000 *

    I tweeted this but worth repeating. NYT is reporting OBamacare website has 5 million lines of code. But I have it as an RTFLC exclusive that 4 million of those lines are:

    10 PRINT, “REPUBLICANS SUCK!”
    20 GOTO 10

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  4. Iconoclast

    …OBamacare website has 5 million lines of code…

    The original Microsoft Windows NT 3.1 had “only” 4.3 million lines of code — for an entire VMS-based desktop/workstation networked multithreaded operating system!!! There is simply no excuse for a web-based application to have that many lines of code,unless you’re including the source for the underlying Oracle (or whichever) database system or something……

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  5. TxAg94

    But in the end, they had three years and tens of millions of dollars to make it work and it’s not anywhere close to working.

    I think it was HUNDREDS of millions of dollars. And I’m sure the same folks will get hundreds more to “fix” it. How anyone can see this as anything but an unprecedented disaster is beyond me.

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  6. Miguelito

    Taking bets that they will not soon try to find a way to blame Boosh or rethuglican Tea Party terrorists for this…

    Soon? I’ve already heard combinations of…

    Republicans didn’t fund it enough ahead of time (because $600mil+ isn’t enough apparently)

    It’s due to the shutdown (despite the “shutdown” starting the same day)

    I’ve even seen the occasional conspiracy theory of deliberate attacks on the servers. I’d love to see the supposed evidence of that.

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  7. Hal_10000 *

    TxAg it’s not clear at all what the cost of this turd was. The figure of hundreds of millions is what the contractor has gotten from the government over many years. For this specific project, they are said to have spent $94 million (itself a mind-boggling figure) but they’ve been hinting that it cost more. And they’re asking for more federal money to fix it.

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  8. AlexInCT

    TxAg it’s not clear at all what the cost of this turd was.

    A phenomenon that seems prevalent since this adminsitration took power 5 years ago. We can’t get Reid’s senate to even pass a budget. I have seen black ops budgets that were more transparent than the stuff happening under this administration. Why would anyone be surprised to find out years from now that they spent far more than they actually told us too?

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  9. CM

    Ha, I just LOVE that I can MOCK climate change and yet still get two downvotes. I don’t think the smile is going to leave my face for some time.

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