Nov
13
2013

White House doubles down on December 1st start for #obamacare.

Hot Air is gaming out the various possibilities behind this statement:

The Obama administration continues to stand behind its prediction that it will fix the Obamacare website “for the vast majority of users” by the end of the month, administration spokesperson Jennifer Palmieri confirms over e-mail.

…including, to be fair, the classic It’s a trap! theory, based on that trick that the 2008 Obama campaign loved to spring on us every month with fundraising totals until we wised up and stopped assuming that they would ever have bad months. And I will be honest: it’s a good trick, and I’m sure that the administration would love to spring it on us. The only trouble there is: the administration has messed up everything else about the Obamacare rollout.  They plan to start becoming hyper-competent now?  Can you, what, take a pill for that?

Besides: the IT consensus is that the Obama administration’s fixing the front-end problems before it’s fixing the back-end ones.  That rarely ends well.

Moe Lane

9 Comments

  • Catseyes says:

    A lot of what I’m coming across expects them to still be having problems a year from now if they are still trying to use the same website. Unless they have created a stripped down version without all the bells and whistles and are planning on rolling that out to replace the current site. Say something that gives you your subsidy amount and allows you to go shopping with that for insurance on the insurance company websites.

  • qixlqatl says:

    “Can you, what, take a pill for that?”
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    If only!! I’d buy all I could afford and hand them out like Halloween candy…. :/

  • Phil Davis says:

    “Can you, what, take a pill for that?” Forget buying them and handing them out, buy stock in that company! The wife apparently has a list of recipients…

  • sicsemperstolidissimum says:

    In fairness to the administration, a critical reading of the policies on energy and the environment (as read on the White House website spring of 2009), seems to imply that the administration also thinks that sudden competence jumps are possible for disciplines like mechanical engineering.
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    I’d have put in Obama liking deniable information sources and the White House suppressing pessimism as defeatist treasonous heresy as possibilities.

  • Catseyes says:

    You guys might find this interesting his other posts have been, and he seems by dint of experience to have seen this kind of IT clusterfark before:

    http://andstillipersist.com/2013/11/obamacare-and-the-unstopped-project/

    • CWC says:

      The guy who wrote that, Bruce F. Webster, is a recognized expert: he has appeared as an expert witness in several lawsuits over failed IT projects.

      Webster also wrote for The Space Gamer back when Steve Jackson Games published it. Small world, hey?

  • Finrod says:

    Well, if they ever invent a pill to reverse a frontal lobotomy, then maybe there might be some hope.

  • Catseyes says:

    Sorry forgot (h/t: Fritzworth @ Ace of Spades).

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