You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
So far there is high dudgeon about the $650 million website that doesn’t work. The administration kicked it off with bands and fireworks 36 days ago and it crashed in the first minute. It’s been down every weekend for upgrades and it’s up and down like a kid on a trampoline every day. I was especially fond of Kathleen Sebelius telling the House committee last week that the website had never crashed. At the same time CNN was running a split screen with Sebelius on one side and the ACA website crash notice on the other side. It went down just before she started lying to the committee testifying.
This is the easy stuff. While writing code is certainly an art, it’s the equivalent of an on/off switch. It works or it doesn’t and if it doesn’t work it can be made to work. It just takes time and money. While the administration certainly seems to have all the money they want to spend on this mess they are running out of time.
The hard stuff is what’s going to ring – hopefully – the death knell of “big government”. We’re talking about the stuff that directly impacts people and their impressions of this biggest of big government programs. Stuff like:
- I liked my insurance and it’s been cancelled…
- You said I could keep my doctor or my hospital…
- What do you mean my insurance premiums have doubled?
- What do you mean not enough kids signed up so my premium is going to triple next year?
And that’s just the really short list.
I expect things to quiet down around the end of the month when the major media will be ignoring the fact that the website still doesn’t work, but hey, it’s the Christmas season so we need to find stories about how Republicans are trying to starve children at Christmas. Then will come January 1, 2014. Fit meet shan. The old policies that people liked are cancelled and they’ve not been able to enroll in a new plan. Or they did enroll in a new plan but the deductible is three times their old deductible and they’re going on foodstamps to eat. Etc, etc, etc.
Since the midterm elections are next year, this will cause problems for the major media when they try to keep ignoring the disaster of ObamaCare at the same time elected Democrats are running like cockroaches away from a light source. Heck, they’ve already started. Take Max Baucus for instance.
Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, who worried openly in April that the rollout could become “a train wreck” said he has been disappointed to hear administration officials say they didn’t see problems with the federal healthcare website HealthCare.gov coming.
“When we asked for updates on the marketplaces, the responses we got were totally unsatisfactory. We heard multiple times that everything was on track. We now know that was not the case,” he told U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at an oversight hearing.
Or Barbara Mikulski.
When a loyal leader on your own team says there is a “crisis of confidence” surrounding your signature initiative, you’ve got trouble.
That’s the phrase Democratic Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland used repeatedly Tuesday morning to describe the rollout of the new health care law as she questioned Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the health agency tasked with overseeing the law’s implementation.
“I believe that there’s been a crisis of confidence created in the dysfunctional nature of the website, the canceling of policies, and sticker shock from some people,” said Mikulski, who has generally been a strong ally of the administration.
It’s beginning to look like it’s going to be a very long year for elected, or wanna be elected, Democrats.