Rhetoric vs. Reality

How closely are you following the Obamacare developments? If you are a low-information citizen/voter [of course, if you’re reading this, you’re probably not of that number], you might have seen the president’s mini-pep rally yesterday and assumed everything—website, plans, etc.—is now working admirably. This is what our president does: he holds pep rallies. That has been the essence of his presidency. He believes rhetoric will trump reality.

The reality, though, is quite stark and hard to ignore. Here are the latest tidbits:

  • For some reason, the administration thinks that a website that can handle perhaps 50,000 hits per day is superb. Never mind that real businesses like Amazon handle millions per hour.
  • The Obama pep rally ignored the fact that more than 5 million people have now lost their health insurance while maybe 100,000 have been able to enroll via the online exchanges. That’s quite a variance.
  • It’s now estimated that perhaps 30% of those who believe they have gone through the hoops and enrolled aren’t enrolled at all due to the glitches. They will be in a for a big surprise the first time they go to the doctor or hospital after January 1.
  • Those who actually did enroll may discover they no longer have their doctor or hospital.
  • The security measures for the Obamacare exchange remain a joke: any information fed into the system may be available to hackers. Untold headaches may ensue.
  • The payment feature of the website barely works, if at all. As a result, the government is simply going to ask insurance companies what they estimate they should be paid by those who enroll, and taxpayer money will flow to the companies regardless of the actual costs. The promise is that eventually it will all be settled out properly—as if any money that comes from the government will be refunded to the taxpayers. If you believe that, welcome to Fantasy Land.

So this is the “better” system, the “fix,” the “update”?

Getting Better

I omitted from that list the sticker shock that most will suffer upon realizing their premiums and/or deductibles will skyrocket. Democrats up for reelection are still in panic mode, as well they should be. Yet I have a hard time feeling sorry for them; they brought this on themselves. They are indissolubly linked to this lame-duck presidency that has three more years to go:

Tech Support

There are two honorable actions President Obama could take: the first would be to admit his mistake and support repeal of the Obamacare monster; the second would be to tender his resignation. After all, any CEO of a company in the private sector would be out of a job after a disaster of this magnitude. I don’t expect he will take either honorable route because only an honorable person would do so.