Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Promise Broken. Period.

"We will keep this promise to the American people. If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period."
"If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period."

-- Barack Obama, June 15, 2009

Promise broken. Period.

I love my current plan. But it won't exist on January 1. Matt Walsh requested stories from his listeners about their experiences. He's published a few of them on his blog. Keep in mind that "a few" is a relative term. He didn't publish mine, because I didn't send it in. Don't read the blog unless you want to hear innumerable anecdotes from people who also had to give up their plans. Some of the "pain" is self-inflicted, but most of it isn't. Most of it is from people who have to give up plans that they like because that unqualified sales pitch was a lie.

Avik Roy writes the following article at Forbes.com:
Obamacare's Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn't Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are
That's an "unfortunate" headline, because software, being non-sentient, never "wants" anything. It's the Obama administration that doesn't want you to know how much healthcare costs have risen due to this law. They'd rather bask in the fantasy that costs are "lower" because some people have their costs subsidized. Of course they're subsidized by people whose costs have risen. In order to keep up appearances, though, they need you to register first, to determine your subsidies. This way, you can be shown the subsidized cost rather than the real costs of the policies. But the headline is also "unfortunate" because that's not why it's crashing. This bottleneck, imposed at the last minute without adequate time for testing, is what "broke" the system. I'm certain that if the HHS hadn't insisted on performing systems integration on their own then this boondoggle wouldn't have happened. Meanwhile the contractors are getting blamed for a systems integration problem they weren't in charge of. But the text of the story adds to the myriad ways in which this administration has been untruthful about this law.

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