Can a government that cannot figure out how to keep itself open figure out how to manage America's health care system? I think we all know the answer to that. In a similar manner to the Obamacare legislation, which even Democrats agree is a trainwreck, the Obamacare website is being shut down and in need of repairs. Now we all know that Obamacare needs to be repealed. It's unconstitutional and it's simply bad law to begin with. However, you would think that after three years of this monster being law they could at least have the website running properly. Not a chance.
Fox News is reporting that several states that have exchanges set up are experiencing serious glitches. Here are a few that are mentioned:
Colorado: Problems calculating subsidies
The state-based, online exchange -- Connect For Health Colorado -- will be live Tuesday for the roughly 700,000 residents without health insurance, but it also will not be fully operational because of problems calculating the subsidies. Customers can still get the subsidies, but not without calling for assistance for at least the first month.
A spokesman for the exchange said the state has hired 180 people to man a call center to help insurance shoppers.
One hundred and eighty people to man a call center? Ah, yes this is more big government; more people working for big government at the tax payer's expense for something that should never have been.
Yes, even DC has its own problems.
District of Columbia: Software glitch reported
The District, also running its own exchange, revealed last week that a glitch in its exchange software as it tries to calculate insurance-premium costs when factoring in tax credits, or subsidies, for lower-income customers. Officials also said the site still cannot determine who would be eligible for Medicaid, which about half of U.S. states are expanding under ObamaCare.
Washington State was another mentioned among the thirty-four states that are either using the federal site or have a state-federal partnership.
Washington: "Connection Refused"
The state-run exchange in Washington state was not on the national radar for potential problems in recent days, but the site experienced hiccups on Tuesday and was still down by midday.
Visitors were greeted with the words "Connection Refused" on an otherwise blank, white screen.
On a national scale, Fox reports:
Many visitors to the official website for the federally run ObamaCare insurance exchanges were met Tuesday morning with an error message. The site was apparently overloaded with traffic but went live after about 11:30 a.m.
"We have a lot of visitors on our site right now and we're working to make your experience here better. Please wait here until we send you to the login page. Thanks for your patience!" read a website message.
By mid-morning, the healthcare.gov site declared "the system is down at the moment," and directed would-be participants to contact a call center if they need help immediately.
It only gets worse. The Associated Press adds:
Bedeviled by technology glitches that frustrated millions of consumers, the Obama administration is taking down its health overhaul website for repairs this weekend.
Enrollment functions of the healthcare.gov site will be unavailable during off-peak hours this weekend, the Health and Human Services Department said Friday. The website will remain open for general information.
Technology problems overwhelmed the launch of new health insurance markets Tuesday, embarrassing the administration just when the health care law was supposed to be introduced to average consumers.
Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) said, "Americans have seen once again that Obamacare is not ready for prime time. A dysfunctional website is the least of that law's problems."
I even went to Healthcare.gov at 4:25 pm on Saturday and this is what I saw.
The Obama administration has tried to put the best spin they could on the utter failure of the program. In a statement titled "Health Insurance Marketplace Open for Business – Week One Success," the administration wrote, "Americans are excited to look at their options for health coverage, with record demand in the first days of the marketplaces."
I simply add, yeah the sheeple just can't wait to get on government welfare, can they? However, it doesn't seem the system is cooperating enough to make it happen.
By Monday, "there will be significant improvements in the online consumer experience," Health and Human Services said.
I wonder if any of the people working to fix this monster are on furlough or are they actually getting paid. It does make one wonder when the administration is basically crying like a little girl about a government shutdown.