Patterico's Pontifications


Obama Set Up Website With the Same Care We Have Come to Expect from Government

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:24 pm

Comedy of errors.

Very important to understand: Between this and the fact that HHS deliberately hid the price of insurance behind a reg wall on to reduce “rate shock,” the grand takeaway about the website’s failure is that O and his team made it much worse than it needed to be because they were terrified of transparency. And the reason they were terrified of transparency, both in the case of hiding the cost of the premiums from web users and hiding the site’s architectural problems from contractors who might be hauled before Congress, is because they know they’ve delivered a bad product. Put the premiums on the front page and the public, expecting “affordable care,” would recoil at the truth. Put the contractors at the witness table before Issa’s committee and the public, expecting that the government would “fix” health care, would recoil upon discovering that they can’t even build a website with three years’ lead time.

Who could have guessed?

With the Restoration of Non-Essential Government Services, Everything Is Now Fixed And We Can All Relax

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:20 am

Isn’t it wonderful? Now we can keep going into more and more debt!

Maybe the best thing about the shutdown is that the press will now focus like a laser on the shortcomings of ObamaCare. See, Dave Weigel had explained to all of us that, yes, it was crazy for the press to ask zero questions of Obama, during an hour-plus press conference, about the disastrous rollout. But that was Republicans’ fault, because “shutdown”! (That’s Big Media’s term for the slowdown that just ended.)

So now, the slowdown is over, and we have non-essential goverment services back, so Weigel will demand another press conference with Obama where covering the rollout is Job Number One. Like quality at Ford. (Come to think of it, a lot like quality at Ford.)

I’ll get the ball rolling with this, an item that I was too lazy to blog when the story broke saved for when the slowdown was over: Kos Kid freaks out upon learning that ObamaCare will increase his premiums: Obamacare will double my monthly premium (according to Kaiser):

My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don’t go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe.

Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife’s rate is gong to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284.

I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any fucking penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?

Oh, ok, if we qualify, we can get some government assistance. Great. So now I have to jump through another hoop to just chisel some of this off. And we don’t qualify, anyway, so what’s the point?

Ha. But what makes it the best post in weeks is the comments. Which are exactly what you would expect.

Expect to see many more stories like this, as the media turns its big guns on ObamaCare.

Yes, I am joking.

P.S. “I am canceling insurance for us and I am not paying any fucking penalty. What the hell kind of reform is this?” Hahahahahahahahahahaha.

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