October 30, 2013
You know things are bad when arguably one of the most liberal members of the House of Representatives criticizes the glitches in the rollout of Obamacare.
We are referring to U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who said this week that the rollout glitches were “unacceptable.”
This is the same congresswoman who famously said, “We will pass Obamacare and then find out what is in it.”
In retrospect, Pelosi and company would have been wise to have grasped the unintended consequences of the bill before passing it.
But that is hindsight.
What is very disturbing, though, is what a disaster the rollout of Obamacare has been after software expenditures reportedly cost more than half a billion dollars.
Now, many people aren’t even able to sign up or compare prices for coverage because of technical problems.
What is so puzzling about this problem is that the White House has had three years to prepare for implementing the president’s signature legislation and it’s evident they didn’t do their due diligence, including beta testing, in preparing for the rollout.
Those who managed the rollout of Obamacare did a horrible job and quite frankly need to be fired.
Instead of planning ahead as should’ve been done before the rollout, President Barack Obama is once again calling on Mr. Fix-it, Jefferey Zients, his deputy budget director. …
Obama really does rely on Zients, but perhaps with competent management on the front end, his services would not be needed.
These technical problems have been an embarrassment to the White House and a source of frustration for uninsured people trying to sign up for coverage that the law now requires many of them to have it or face a financial penalty.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has indicated she is asking the vendors who designed the system to put their A team on the problem. For the amount of money expended, one would have expected the first string would have been involved from day one.
Obama says Zients will help fix the problems and turn the site into the breezy, one-stop shopping portal Obamcare promised it would be.
Only time will tell on that particular promise, but so far it has been anything but.
— Daily News, Bowling Green, Ky.