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Healthcare.gov: Fixed, But Still Not the Worst Problem

By on 12.3.13 | 10:45AM

Imagine this scenario.

A repairman wipes his hands on a rag, glances at your bathroom, and announces, “I’ve fixed your faucet.”

You go to the sink, turn the cold spigot, and sludge comes out – thick and brown.

“This isn’t fixed,” you say, trying to turn the handle to stop the flow.

“You told me your faucet was blocked. It runs now, doesn’t it?”

You wouldn’t be very happy. Just because something is functional doesn’t mean it’s delivering what you need it to deliver.

Such is the case with the much trumpeted “fix” of Healthcare.gov, the Obama administration’s most epic public embarrassment. Eight weeks after its launch, the White House announced that its online insurance marketplace finally works.  

In October, America chattered, laughed, and lamented when the site spectacularly crashed as just a few thousand people tried to log on. This weekend, Jeff Zients – the poor administrator overseeing system repairs – said the site can handle 50,000 users at a time and has corrected what a Department of Health and Human Services report described as “hundreds of software bugs, insufficient hardware and infrastructure.” The website supposedly works for the “vast majority” of Americans seeking to enroll in coverage, which the government indicates is about 80 percent of applicants. Of course, when CNN went to test the new and improved website, the system crashed on live television after the reporter entered his state.

But let’s be honest here.

Conversation surrounding whether the website works misses the point. Yes, eventually even the federal government might be able to fix a website—especially considering it’s one of the most basic technologies we have. But the federal government can’t fix the underlying problems with the law itself, because it has no right to mandate a one-size-fits-all insurance requirement.

The damage is already apparent. So far, millions of Americans have lost their individual insurance policies. Coming next year, tens of millions more people will be affected as Obamacare does to the employer market what we’ve just seen it do to the individual market. This meltdown will touch almost every household in the United States. 

How’s that for “fixed?”

If the repairman “fixed” the sink so that you can get a harmful, toxic product delivered more quickly and efficiently into your home, it’s not really “fixed” at all, is it?

Actually, let’s go back to that scenario.

“Are your kids at home?” the repairman says, holding out a piece of paper. “They might want to see this bill, because there’s no way you can pay this off in your lifetime.”

Your son ambles through the foyer on his way out to ride his bike.

“Hold on there, boy,” says the repairman. “Do you have kids yet?”

“I’m only eight!” your son says as he looks at the bill and his eyes grow wide. “It costs that much to fix a faucet?”

“You’re paying for the sludge, too,” he says. “And your neighbor’s sludge.”

The scenario I’ve described is a nightmare, but it’s nothing compared to the real-life nightmare that will unfold in 2014 as Obamacare continues to hammer our nation, one liberty-destroying mandate at a time.

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