On Wednesday, CBS 'This Morning' reported on the launch of Obamacare, lamenting that it has "been nothing short of disastrous" and noted that "only a handful have been able to register for insurance because of problems with the website, it keeps shutting down."
The narrator of the report said,
"In the past week, the President's signature achievement has become the butt of late night jokes."
On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew dodged the direct question from Fox News' Chris Wallace on the number of successful enrollees to Obamacare, tap dancing around the question in a way that would make White House Press Secretary Jay Carney proud.
RealClearPolitics posted the video and transcript of the painful exchange, where Wallace asked Lew five times how many people enrolled in Obamacare. Finally, Wallace said, "They just can't sign up for it at this point?" and Lew responded, "Well, I think they are going to be signing up."
CBS continued to report,
"No one knows how many people have managed to enroll; the Administration refuses to release those numbers...Media outlets have struggled to find anyone whose actually been successful."
The fact that the White House cannot just be transparent with the American people about the fact that the system is not ready and that the uninsured do not want to enroll in Obamacare is no doubt foreshadowing further problems with the big government bureaucracy.
The question is: How much did the computer design and set up cost taxpayers?
Just the "outreach" for Obamacare will be costing taxpayers annually "at least $684 million, according to data compiled The Associated Press from federal and state sources," as reported by Carla K. Johnson of the Huffington Post.
CBS interviewed Luke Chung, an owner of a Database Programming company, who said
"It wasn't designed well, it wasn't implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it."
This aligns with a report from Michael Tanner of National Review today, that stated,
"...most experts put the real blame on fundamental system design. For example, five outside technology experts told Reuters they believe architecture flaws were responsible for the crashes. Experts interviewed by the Wall Street Journal blamed a 'sloppy software foundation.'"
Is there any doubt that if the Obamacare software was designed and implemented by a corporation, who actually cares about how much they spend, that with three years to prepare, the computer program would be humming along smoothly?
Avik Roy from Forbes today wrote,
"it’s literally easier to blog from the Kenyan border than to sign up for insurance on Obamacare’s federal exchange."
Roy wryly noted, "the toughest questions posed to the Obama administration have come from Comedy Central," citing a comment made to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
“I’m going to try and download every movie ever made, and you are going to try and sign up for Obamacare, and we’ll see which happens first.”
Yesterday, USA Today published a piece by Kathleen Sebelius. She said in part,
"Wait times on HealthCare.gov are now 50% shorter, and more people are enrolling in affordable coverage...It is simple and user-friendly, and the coverage is affordable."
The full transcript of the CBS piece was posted by Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters.