In another delay for the Affordable Care Act, White House officials quietly told Hispanic groups on Wednesday that the Spanish-language version of the healthcare.gov website will not be ready to handle online enrollments until mid-October.
“NBC news is also learning that the government is not going to be rolling out the Spanish enrollment tool of healthcare.gov on Monday or next week. It was initially expected to be rolling out some time next week; HHS is telling us that, at the moment there is no expected rollout date.”
And there we learn the value of experience. Prior to October 1st, clearly not enough people in this administration understood just how much of a rolling disaster on stilts the Obamacare launch was going to be (reminder: the rest of us did), so they were still doing politically stupid things like actually give a firm deadline. Now they’re just admitting that the feature’s down, and they’re not going to say when they think that the feature is going to be up again. Which is better for Barack Obama’s PR, but not so good for somebody with poor English language skills who is trying to actually get insurance*.
And, of course, they’re taking down the main site again for part of this weekend, too. But that’s hardly news.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Plenty of US citizens in that situation. I kind of like the idea of encouraging them to blame the people actually responsible for their problems, instead of blaming us. Other people’s mileage may, as the saying goes, vary.