63 days later… and the Obamacare website still isn’t functioning

Many on the right have warned of the dangers of Obamacare for years now, but it was hard to imagine that the implementation of the President’s signature legislation could go this badly. It has been 63 days since the October 1 rollout, and Healthcare.gov still isn’t functioning properly.

“How can that be possible? This goes beyond, I think… the wildest imagination of how bad this would be. I knew it would be bad. I didn’t think the website would be this bad,” Pat said on radio this morning. “I know that the Obamacare program sucks and is more expensive for most people, but I didn’t think there would be these kinds of problems with the website… And that [says] something: It exceeded our expectations for failure.”

Insurance companies are complaining of error-riddled applications, security experts are warning of significant privacy concerns, and those looking to sign up for coverage are now being directed to a virtual queue that could last hours. That really sounds like a ‘fixed’ website, right?

The Obama Administration, however, is quite proud of its accomplishments. “HealthCare.Gov on Dec. 1 is night and day from where it was on Oct0ber 1,” Jeffrey Zients, the former Obama Administration official now managing website repair efforts, told reporters Sunday morning. “While we still have work to do, we’ve made significant progress with HealthCare.gov working for the vast majority of consumers.”

During a White House briefing yesterday, Press Secretary Jay Carney had no choice but to make excuses:

REPORTER: And what do you say to those — because we’ve talked to some today that we’ve been tracking from the start of this — who still went on yesterday and today, and still are unable to enroll? What do you say to them?

CARNEY: Well, look, I would say that we have seen steady improvement in the site, and that improvement continued over the weekend and today. What is absolutely the case is that we need to continue our work, and that while the vast majority of users are able to access the site and have it function effectively, on a day like today when you have a surge that we’re likely seeing, you’re going to get this queue message, potentially, if you’re trying to enroll, which allows for you to return to the site when it’s going to be less crowded. And that’s a vast improvement over the experience that people had during surge periods — or any period, really — in early October.

“It’s so bad that Carney is trumpeting on… December 2… two days after this was supposed to be absolutely fixed… that it’s still not fixed,” Pat said exasperatedly. “So keep that in mind. You go there now – this is after the web site has been fixed – you [are going to] get a queue message. Wait. So I don’t go there and sign up now? It’s not fixed? No! But you are going to get a queue message that you are 194th in line.”

“Oh, no, no, they won’t tell you [that] you are 194th,” Stu interjected. “What they will say is, ‘Hey, there’s too much traffic. We’ll email you when it’s ready.’”

Pat attempted to extent the concept of the Healthcare.gov queue to other government agencies, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, it doesn’t really make much sense.

“So the vast improvement is: Now, when you come to the DMV to get your driver’s license renewed, the line is so long, that [they] can’t even let you stay there,” Pat said. “[They’re] going to give you a little thing that says, ‘We’ll call you when there’s 10 people in line and you can come back. So go home and then we’ll give you a call sometime in the future when there’s less people in line and you can come back and get your driver’s license then.’ Very convenient.”

When you consider the fact that we live in a world of instant gratification, the fact that the Obama Administration has gotten away with the utter failure of Healthcare.gov is truly inexplicable.

“Look, websites have problems, but you get it [fixed] in hours or minutes. You get them done, at the worst, in days,” Stu said. “Two months is an eternity in the digital world.”

Pat, meanwhile, summed the entire situation up in one word: “Unbelieveable.”

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  • Bonnie Somer

    unreal after the japs bombed pearl harbor in 1941 til D DAY in 1944 we accomplished all that they cannot do this OMG or thank GOD it is horrid no matter what it redistributes wealth and puts people on medicaid their single payer sys

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    The title should read: 63-days, still not working, still not built, and never will function as designed save for the purpose of Identity theft.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    People are waking up about Obamacare mostly for one reason: reality has bit them hard in the wallet, and made the cost personal.

  • Anonymous

    63 days to utterly ruin our healthcare system. Five years on now and in hot pursuit to utterly destroy America. So far, I’d say he’s well ahead of schedule.

  • Anonymous

    What a waste. A waste of time, money, resources, the list could go on and on. They thought it was “good to go”. Not even close (and that’s just the website). Lack of accountability, lack of transparancy, lack of Truth. Democrats were slamming Cruz for trying to destroy the country. Cruz was right. The out-of-control freight train Democrats just barreled on through anyway. This administration is dangerous and reckless. To paraphrase from the movie Jaws: “Mr. President, you’re the mayor of shark city. These people think you want the beaches open.”

    Time to cut bait.

  • Crassus

    If Obamacare is so great why did Congress exempt itself from it? That’s the only question that need be asked.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Remember everyone it is Bushes fault and we are all racist.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I thought it is working fine liberals. Why does you lord Obama’s web site still crash and still takes forever to sign up and you idiots want me to trust the makers of this web site with my personal information (which you can Google and get people’s personal information that signed up for Obamacare) when they cannot even get the stupid web site running. What types of fools do you liberals take us for?

  • Draxx

    snowleopard, let’s hope that it only cost people financially in the short term and Zero Long Term Consequences That Are Permanent…!

  • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

    Zients won’t say how much he is being paid but he keeps running up the bill with his incompetence

  • Anonymous

    Obama said it works, you don’t think he would lie do you?

  • mspatdev

    obammy exempted the Unions, Muslims and others. The obammycare system is not built for insurance payments, which is the mechanisms for payment of insurance. People were saying that weeks ago. So, why did they keep on going with it and saying that it is working now. He LIES AND LIES about every single thing. obammycare has 20+ taxes in it. Judge Stevens said that its the worst tax ever. That is why he said that it is a TAX, not an insurance.

  • Kevin Ruschman

    Anonymous is part of the reason it isn’t working. Ddos attacks have been made by many of my fellow Anons. Although I haven’t been responsible for any such attack, I support them and I believe they deserve credit for fighting on the same front as you. I think if you look at the issues Anonymous may be fighting for what you are fighting for.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    that’s right you guys predicted this because you thought it through. thank you for that.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a long retired programmer – there is nothing wrong with the website. What is wrong is the whole concept of linking the website to the various government department systems in real time – the IRS, HHS,etc. The original system design was flawed from the start.

    Each of those government systems has it own protocol, each should have been addressed independently by an isolated web site that collected the information (and protected it). This system doesn’t need a fix, it needs to be redesigned from scratch. I could write the specs in a couple of days. The whole damned thing is in Java Script, a high level language good for display screens but totally ineffiecient for real time access at the machine to machine level. I’ll not get into the details, trust me – been there, done that.

    The important links haven’t even been written yet, according to the hearings – the secure links into the insurance companies. I have been out of the business for twenty years, I’m out of date. Give me 50 million dollars (not the hundreds of millions) and I’ll have the system up in a year (and put over 25 million in my pocket). You don’t integrate the various systems, you put a dedicated link into each that conforms to the particular system and communicates with a dedicated link in the web site. Isolate the elements and you solve both the problem of interfering with the original systems (all of which are different) and the security problem that is now being brought out.

    The basic structure of the system was a disaster, and I could have sketched it out on scrap paper in five minutes.

  • Bret Wolz

    so what happens if you cannot drop every thing and get back in line? bet you loose your place and start all over

  • Anonymous

    Anyone who still believes this is about you or your family’s health care are sadly mistaken. This huge government power grab is about control of the people, period. One of the tenets of marxism – control of health care. Thus the frenzy to keep it in place damn the torpedoes. Every democrat who voted for this piece of garbage and scam need given a one way ticket out of DC starting with the midterms in 2014 and then on to 2016 to finish the job. Voting for this piece of trash without reading it, lying and scheming to pass it – they all need held accountable including Obama who blatantly and maliciously lied multiple times on national tv about his scam. Hold them all accountable or it will be to our great detriment.

  • blaise

    Mr. Beck
    The. Individual mandate was declared a tax by the Supreme Court and only congress can make taxes, correct? Congress vote it as a fine not a tax, which the Supreme Court , declare it fatal to the act. So answer me this how can the court tax the people and not the congress this tax was never voted on because it was originally a fine and the tax has never been on the floor. Obama has not the power to tax if made an executive order he out of bounds of his power, the abuse is impeachable. The tax must be voted or it is void to the American people, thus we don’t have to pay the tax right. Secondly and what is the tax? It the health insurance right? How can you make a penalty on not not having insurance. Or if congress does not care to look into this tax can we deduct all our health insurance from our income taxes since our insurance is now a tax? Please let me know if I’m right.
    Blaise Vallejo

  • Justone View

    Incompetence and corruption. This is what is behind the mask of this kid. Obama is an act an illusion. The reality is what he keeps lying about and pointing blame at others. Wake up kids he ain’t who you think he is. He is an act.