Maybe he is jumping the gun by a week. Here is a simple question to ponder: Since Medicare works well, why isn't Obamacare just an app extension of Medicare?
Before a technical assessment has been made, and before HHS Secretary Sebelius has testified, Marco Rubio is already advancing legislation to withhold the mandate until the system is fixed. Now, that may be the right thing to do under certain circumstances:
If the technical assessment calls for something drastic that cannot be accomplished in a couple of weeks, then consideration for holding the mandate may be fair and prudent.
To determine the situation, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will testify next week to answer a barrage of questions about the situation. Her answers will determine the merit of Rubio’s idea.
The Healthcare Insurance Marketplace must work for the law to be effectively implemented. There is no question about that.
Launching a system of such importance and magnitude without complete acceptance testing was a professional and managerial mistake. There is a chain of command at HHS who are responsible for this initiative and people have a need to know who the program managers are and why and how the system was not ready on time.
This is one circumstance when Obama’s being late has real consequences, as they do when he has been consistently late with the budget.
Doing some more checking, there is a story in Forbes by Anthony Wing Kosner that points to far more ominous problems. It has to do with something that is of concern to many Americans, and it is about how the system verifies your income and other facts that are needed to price your healthcare insurance.
One might expect that that the process would be a fairly simple cross check with IRS, for instance, but apparently it is not that simple by design.
If this is true, the entire system may have been developed around a flawed concept of operations and operational architecture. In that case, Obamacare would have to be scrapped and rebuilt. Now, enter Marco Rubio and a host of other players because some heads would have to role at that point.
In the meantime, there is a question for Marco Rubio, “Got immigration reform done yet?”
“Rubio pushing bill to delay ObamaCare mandate over website meltdown
Published October 22, 2013
The widespread problems with the ObamaCare website are generating a new backlash in Congress, with Sen. Marco Rubio planning to introduce legislation that would delay the health law's individual mandate until the technical failures are addressed.
The Florida senator discussed the plan Tuesday morning in an interview with Fox News' "Fox & Friends." He said it would be "prudent" to delay the requirement on individuals to buy health insurance -- set to kick in early next year -- until users can consistently access the main website.
"How are you going to go after people next year ... if the thing you're forcing them to buy isn't available to buy?" he asked, saying the site is "not working."
Rubio's plan would delay the mandate until the Government Accountability Office certifies the system is "up and running and effectively working for six months, consecutive."
The plan comes as new reports detail the warning signs that may have been missed before the launch, and the massive undertaking that the tech team hired to fix the site is confronting.”