President Obama said that we'd see "bumps in the road" in implementing the Affordable Care Act. Other Democrats have characterized problems as glitches. This morning, MSNBC tried demonstrating how the exhanges worked. Instead, they discovered that they don't work. Here's what MSNBC reported:
MSNBC HOST: So far, I've been able to verify my identity and I hit a roadblock on the website. I kept getting an error message so I tried to initiate an online chat. That didn't go anywhere so I'm on hold. It's my second time calling and we're 8 minutes into this call. There was a previous call that lasted about 3 minutes so, all in all, it's been about 10 minutes waiting to speak to a person. Right now, it's repeating the same recorded message over and over again, telling me to hold on so we'll see where it goes.
Things didn't improve:
MSNBC HOST: This is a state-by-state process so our executive producer tried it for a different state. This is New Jersey and this is the screeen that she got and it's down. So it just started ringing again but I haven't reached a person yet. We're 15 minutes in now. I'm back to the recorded message. So it's 15 minutes into this call. This is the second call. I've probably spent 20 minutes on the phone now. We started about 35 minutes ago so, at this point, I'm going to hang up and call it a day. If I were signing up for myself, this is where my patience would be exhausted.
It's clear that the exchanges, both federal and state exchanges, aren't functioning. House Republicans should approve a clean CR funding government for the next 6 weeks. The RNC should then accumulate information showing how many times state exchanges for individuals crashed.
When the CR expires in mid-November, Republicans would be armed with mountains of data on how the individual mandate isn't working. They'd be in a strong position to insist that Democrats agree to delay the individual mandate until 2015.
They'd be in a stronger position because they'd be talking about real life experiences rather than predicting that the exchanges wouldn't work. At minimum, they'd put swing district and swing state Democrats in the difficult position of either voting for funding a disaster or abandoning President Barack Obama, Sen. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.