At the risk of there being no more fish left in the barrel for shooting, how about that healthcare.gov?
It’s a remarkable debacle, even by government standards . Sure, maybe it’s not a prohibition-level government debacle, but surely it’s enough to drive someone to drink bathtub gin. Not a bad alternative to staring for hours at a non-functioning website. Throwing olives at the screen won’t help, by the way.
The Washington Post has ably reported that the Department of Health and Human Services was warned repeatedly that the site was not ready for prime time. The site wasn’t even tested until just before its Oct. 1 launch.
The Sunlight Foundation, a go-to outfit for figuring out how much the government is spending on what, can’t figure out how much it spent on this spinning-butt-fall of a website. Cripes.
So a law pushed to passage after an epic fight and at considerable political costs, intended to finally help Americans without health insurance get coverage, with years of prep time baked into the pie, is now denying them access to that coverage because of technical “glitches.”
Coverage and commentary on this could be stacked to Pluto. Not sure I have anything unique to add.
Perhaps, instead of the third-rate bunglers who designed this thing, the Obama administration should have asked the pharmaceutical industry to help get things going.
It might have gone something like this:
(Cue Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightning.”)
You’re at the age when you don’t get your signature domestic policy achievement trashed by some website. This is the age of knowing how to get the uninsured enrolled.
Talk to your government IT professional about Glitcherra.
Millions of people already have encountered Glitcherra while attempting to sign up for health insurance online. Ask your IT technician if your web portal is healthy enough to handle Glitcherra. Glitcherra may cause an unsafe increase in blood pressure. Side effects include public condemnation, exasperation, embarrassment, dizziness, feelings of regret and dry mouth.
To avoid long-term frustration, seek technical assistance for any sign-up session lasting more than 4 hours. Stop staring blankly at Glitcherra if you sense the loss consciousness or hope.
This is the age of getting things done. Unfortunately, the system is down at the moment. Please wait.
And talk to the Department of Health and Human Services about Glitcherra. Preferably by phone or mail.
Perhaps you have thoughts.