No Virginia, Obamacare Is NOT Getting Better (A Continuing Series)

Since Obamacare supporters insist on presenting anecdotal evidence claiming that the website is performing more effectively, I presume that I am also allowed to present anecdotal evidence showing that the website is about as bad as it was before. And of course, those claiming that the website still doesn’t function properly have more than mere anecdotal evidence on their side:

. . . Insurance company sources tell the National Journal that there is still about a 5 percent error rate in the information the site submits to insurance companies on behalf of those picking a new insurance plan. If the site is fixed but this problem is not, the problem could get worse. People would sign on, fill out the forms, and insurance companies would be flooded with bad data. That would delay insurance companies sending out bills, which is the necessary step required for a person to actually have insurance by Jan. 1. For those in the individual market who have coverage now, if they don’t sign up by that deadline, they will be exposed.

The administration says the problem—the so-called 834 forms—is at the top of the “punch list,” but they have been saying that for months and aren’t saying how much progress has been made. If this glitch remains, people who believed they were on the verge of getting new coverage will wonder what’s up. They’ll call their member of Congress, and those members will re-up their calls for delays and changes in the law. Sen. Al Franken has said he is open to a delay of the individual mandate if the problems with the system aren’t fixed by the end of the month. A lingering 834 problem would appear to qualify as not being fixed.

To say the least. And in the event that a reminder is needed, the problem with the implementation of Obamacare goes beyond the website. It also involves the president’s broken promises regarding the ability of Americans to keep health care plans, doctors and hospitals that they like. And no, excuses like “every president is going to lie to you” do not and should not make anyone feel better about the depths of the administration’s dishonesty regarding these issues.

Of course, as far as the president is concerned, the important thing is that he can still hold rallies that declare his wonderfulness to the rest of the country. As far as congressional Democrats like Harry Reid are concerned, the important thing is that they can exempt their staff from laws that are supposed to apply to the rest of us. And as far as Obama-supporting pundits are concerned, the important thing is that they can write editorials that are meant to try to make you and me feel guilty for objecting to a health care plan that will bust personal and family budgets, restrict doctor and hospital choice, and force people to pay for services that they neither need nor want. I am glad to help my fellow Americans, but as the saying goes, charity begins at home. And if Americans are prevented from helping themselves and their families, they are going to be in no position whatsoever to help others.

I suppose that it is worth pointing out that on the political front, things are about as bad for the president as they are on the health care implementation front:

Young Americans are turning against Barack Obama and Obamacare, according to a new survey of millennials, people between the ages of 18 and 29 who are vital to the fortunes of the president and his signature health care law.

The survey, part of a unique 13-year study of the attitudes of young adults, finds that America’s rising generation is worried about its future, disillusioned with the U.S. political system, strongly opposed to the government’s domestic surveillance apparatus, and drifting away from both major parties. “Young Americans hold the president, Congress and the federal government in less esteem almost by the day, and the level of engagement they are having in politics are also on the decline,” reads the IOP’s analysis of its poll. “Millennials are losing touch with government and its programs because they believe government is losing touch with them.”

The results blow a gaping hole in the belief among many Democrats that Obama’s two elections signaled a durable grip on the youth vote.

Indeed, millennials are not so hot on their president.

Obama’s approval rating among young Americans is just 41 percent, down 11 points from a year ago, and now tracking with all adults. While 55 percent said they voted for Obama in 2012, only 46 percent said they would do so again.

When asked if they would want to recall various elected officials, 45 percent of millennials said they would oust their member of Congress; 52 percent replied “all members of Congress” should go; and 47 percent said they would recall Obama. The recall-Obama figure was even higher among the youngest millennials, ages 18 to 24, at 52 percent.

This has to scare any Democrat and any Obama supporter who hasn’t drunk Kool-Aid and who doesn’t think that everything is coming up roses for Obamacare and for the White House.

Incidentally, it is probably worth emphasizing anew the fact that no one has been fired over this debacle yet. Let that sink in.