Stop Me Before I Post Derisive Snark about the Obamacare Rollout Again!

I am really doing my best to try to keep this blog from turning into All Obamacare Rollout All The Time, but . . . well . . . this:

Sigh.

  • Again, it is worth remembering that we were told by the president and by other supporters of the Affordable Care Act that if we wanted to be able to continue to see our doctors, we would be able to do so and no one would take that particular right away. I trust that no one who hasn’t been living under a rock still believes in that promise.
  • It is also worth remembering that we were told by the president and by other supporters of the Affordable Care Act that if we wanted to be able to keep our current insurance, we would be able to do so and no one would take that particular right away. I trust that no one who hasn’t been living under a rock still believes in that promise either. More here. Oh, and by the way, get ready for rates to go up.
  • In absolutely shocking news, Democrats are getting worried about the political fallout from this gargantuan fiasco. In equally shocking news, we learn from Rep. Jan Schakowsky that the Obama administration is “reluctant to give a date — I don’t blame them — on the fixes.” So, we don’t know when all of the problems with the websites are going to be solved, and what’s more, we are supposed to be sympathetic to the fact that the Obama administration–which is responsible for the problems with the websites–won’t tell us when we can expect improvements to be implemented and the site to run smoothly. I am willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that if a Republican administration were in place and it said that it did not know when fixes would be made, Rep. Schakowsky would not be so understanding or sympathetic.
  • The contractors responsible for building the websites are blaming the Obama administration for the problems Americans are experiencing. They may very well have a point; we are now informed by Kathleen Sebelius–who, mind you, still has a job–that six years of testing were needed for the websites in order to ensure that they would work. The websites only had two years of testing. Democrats, Republicans, conservatives, liberals, independents, libertarians, fascists and communists will all agree that two is less than six by a factor of three. Gee, maybe President Obama should be a bit more cautious and practical about things.
  • According to Joan Walsh, if you are a liberal pundit and you write/speak the truth regarding the Obamacare rollout–namely, that it has been a complete catastrophe from soup to nuts–you are a bad person because you are giving right-of-center critics of Obamacare intellectual ammunition; as though right-of-center critics of Obamacare don’t get enough intellectual ammunition from reports of the complete soup-to-nuts catastrophe itself and need to read the criticisms of liberal pundits in order to have their own criticisms validated. There are plenty of people on the port side who like to make a big show of attacking epistemic closure on the starboard side, and of claiming that there is absolutely, positively no way whatsoever that port-siders would close their eyes or shut their ears to inconvenient truths or to facts that disagree with their ideology. The vast majority of such people will likely have nothing whatsoever to say about Walsh’s own attempt to enforce omerta on the left and to promote epistemic closure in doing so.
  • Try to read this without having your jaw hit the floor, or passing out from laughter. Favorite line: “Now you sound like a fortune cookie.” The Facebook friend from whom I got this properly notes that “[i]f the transcript is accurate, it’s not merely unhelpful, it’s just shy of passing the Turing test.”

You know what the scary thing is? The scary thing is that we probably haven’t even seen the worst of the problems.

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