Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Politics
  3. Republican

WH proudly claims Healthcare.gov website running at ‘private sector velocity’

See also

If you’re feeling vexed by evils unleashed by the Pandora’s Box that Barack Obama opened four years ago, you’ll appreciate the comic relief the White House provided yesterday by declaring that the Healthcare.gov website is now running at “private sector velocity and effectiveness.”

Let that phrase sink in for a moment. A website that was part of government plan to co-opt one sixth of the economy on the premise that it could do a better job is now using success in the private sector as a yardstick against which to measure its dubious progress. It is reminiscent of the boast on generic product labels that the contents of the package are just as good as the name brand item.

It’s seldom true, and this case is no exception. By the optimistic assessments, the website is now capable of handling 50,000 consumers at a time. Never mind that many are now encountering a queue screen (shown here), advising that the site is currently swamped and urging the user to cool his heels. (This, we are told, is a vast improvement over the error messages, although some users are still getting these as well.) In addition, if major retail sites, such as Amazon.com were able to process only a paltry 50,000 consumers at a time, they would soon go out of business.

Finally, there are the reports that the system is still not functioning on the “back end” — the part of the process that ships a user’s preferences off to the insurer so that a policy can be written. This could result in an unpleasant surprise on Jan. 1 for many consumers who believe they have signed up but remain uninsured.

The situation is so laughable that even NBC’s chief White House correspondent, Chuck Todd, normally an Obama apologist, ridiculed the claim about private sector velocity and effectiveness on Sunday’s Meet the Press. The video is here.

CHUCK TODD: David, the most interesting thing in this report, right, page one-- it's page three of the report, it says here that, ‘The team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness.’

DAVID GREGORY: Yeah.

CHUCK TODD: Okay, that is an acknowledgement that, ‘You know what? If this was a government operation for a long time and it failed, now we're bringing in the private sector folks.’ I mean, that is an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution, frankly, when you look at [unintelligible].

Related Articles

For more articles and headlines, be sure to check out Liberty Unyielding. Follow me on Twitter or join me at Facebook.

Advertisement

News

  • Pro-Russians killed
    Putin issues a warning after 3 armed protestors were shot dead in Ukraine
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Korean ferry capsizes
    Only one of 46 life boats were used in the South Korean ferry sinking
    World News
  • Oscar Pistorius trial
    Oscar Pistorius reads a Valentines Day card from his deceased girlfriend without tears
    Crime News
  • Google patent
    Google applies for patent for what could be the successor to Google Glass
    Tech News
  • 420 in Colorado
    Colorado will celebrate 420 for the first time since marijuana became legal
    Headlines
  • Racist Kansas murderer
    Why isn't the Jewish Community Center shooter being labeled as a terrorist?
    Video
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!