In a video posted Thursday at Real Clear Politics, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expressed her desire to see the Obamacare site "improved" and said the massive law that will ultimately take over about one-sixth of the American economy will give Americans the freedom to choose their happiness.
"I am very proud about my state of California, where it's going great, and most of the states that have their state-run exchanges, it's all going positively well," she said. "There's no question that what’s happening with the systems, the national plans is something that has to be improved. They were overwhelmed by the traffic. Okay, but now let’s see how long it’s going to take to have that be fixed. But, that's about the technology -- about the benefits, about the liberation of people to a healthier life of liberty, freedom to choose their happiness, that all remains."
"I hope that we would have some answers soon and that the answer will be, okay, we've found the glitch or whatever it is, it has been corrected and here’s a demonstration of how people, when they approach it now, will be received," she added.
After spending over $630 million in taxpayer dollars over the last three years, the Healthcare.gov website is still not working, causing frustration not only among those trying to use the site, but reportedly among the workers at CGI Federal, the Washington Post said.
“There’s been a lot of agitation and anger, because CGI really prides itself on having family flexibility,” one worker said.
Instead, the Post said, "Obamacare contract has sucked more and more staff off other projects, and people have been working around the clock to first get the site ready for Oct. 1, and then fix it when things started to go wrong."
“There’s a lot of frustration,” the unnamed staffer told the Post. “People are getting sick, fainting in conference calls.”
Recently, an article at Forbes suggested the site is dysfunctional on purpose.
"A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping," Forbes said. "This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.”
“HHS didn’t want users to see Obamacare’s true costs,” Forbes said.
Avik Roy went on to explain that a Manhattan Institute analysis he helped conduct found that, on average, “the cheapest plan offered in a given state, under Obamacare, will be 99 percent more expensive for men, and 62 percent more expensive for women, than the cheapest plan offered under the old system. And those disparities are even wider for healthy people.”
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