Given the rampant confusion surrounding the bill since its inception, ObamaCare’s inauspicious start Tuesday was less than surprising. Still, the level of technical difficulties associated with the first day of enrollment was incredibly widespread.
Reports indicate that the federal ObamaCare website, through which users should be able to sign up for an account and shop for coverage, was largely inoperable as the program rolled out.
While many individuals trying to log on received error messages, others found that the site’s features loaded extraordinarily slow. Not able to progress past the home screen, a large number of users could not access any of the site’s functions.
Whether caused by developers’ failure to anticipate web traffic to the site or a general lack of coordination in implementing the site, the presence of so many glitches further highlights the federal government’s utter incompetence.
In response to the glaring shortcomings, many ObamaCare critics were able to bolster their position by merely pointing out the obvious.
According to Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Tuesday’s implementation illustrates Washington, D.C.’s inability to take on such a monumental task as socialized healthcare.
“We have been warned time and time again that ObamaCare is not ready for prime time,” he said. “Well, it turns out that is right.”
For his part, Barack Obama prepared the public for some setbacks, though he did not seem to anticipate the prevalence of those problems.
“In the first week, first month, first three months,” he said in a recent interview, “I would suspect that there will be glitches.”
The Department of Health and Human Services addressed the issues, explaining that they are being remedied. Spokesperson Joanne Peters noted that her agency is working to “improve the consumer experience” on the federal site.
As many learned Tuesday, glitches were not confined to the main website. State exchanges, ostensibly accessible from the healthcare.gov domain, were also fraught with problems.
Reports show that the majority of states experienced online setbacks, with several forced to indefinitely delay web-based enrollment.
These delays are just the latest in a long line of ObamaCare-related disappointments.
The majority of conservatives already knew that an attempt to shut down private insurers in favor of government-controlled healthcare would be disastrous on numerous fronts. Hopefully, as those who support the misguided law spend hours trying to enter basic information into a frozen website, they might also begin to see ObamaCare for the catastrophe it really is.