President Obama assured the American people that signing up for the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare, would be as easy as going to sites like Kayak or Hotels.com to finding cheap airline tickets or hotel rooms.
Some three weeks after the healthcare.gov launch, President Obama found himself in the Rose Garden, with a backdrop of supposed individuals who were able to navigate the website (although only three actually signed up) describing that he was disappointed in the roll-out of the site and would implement a “tech surge” to fix the problem. Because there were just a few ‘kinks’ or ‘glitches’ in the over 500 million lines of code.
“And we’re well into a “tech surge” to fix the problem. And we are confident that we will get all the problems fixed.” – President Barack Obama – October 21, 2013
Many on the Right scoffed at Obama’s comments and pointed to Iraq as an example, I mean if there are only a few glitches or kinks in the system, then why would we need a “Surge” to fix the problem.
A surge was used in the war in Iraq as a means to deal with a catastrophic military failure not because there were little glitches or kinks in the war effort.
So, it appears that this writer wasn’t the only one who thought that Obama’s use of the word ‘surge’ was interesting. Jonathan Strong over at the National Review asked, “Is ObamaCare president Obama’s Iraq war?
is Obamacare President Obama's Iraq War?
— Jonathan Strong (@j_strong) October 21, 2013
Without understanding the comparison, Oliver Willis over at Media Matters for America immediately attacked Strong by providing a chart that showed Iraq war and Katrina deaths compared to those who have died using the Healthcare.gov website.
why you shouldnt compare obamacare to katrina or iraq, in one chart. cc: all pundits pic.twitter.com/wcRANjeaa5
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 22, 2013
The Huffington Post followed suit and to pat Willis and MMFA on the back with their headline: ‘Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Compare Obamacare To Katrina Or Iraq, In One Chart’
Obviously, MMFA or Huffington Post for that matter, doesn’t ‘get it’ as is usually the case. The attack on the individual who thinks the word use “Tech Surge” with the “Iraq Surge” is curious, rather than explaining the reasons a website with tiny glitches or kinks needs a special forces of the best and brightest to deal with a government programs design and implementation flaws, rather than attacking the actual problem.
When Jon Stewart mocks the ObamaCare website roll-out failures, the White House and other Liberals probably should stop attacking conservatives, who prophetically warned the public (inappropriately in our opinion) that Obamacare was, “not ready for prime-time,” and focus instead on the problem at hand.
For example, healthcare.gov has some 500 million lines of code, that is 5x more code than the biggest bank in America, 10x more code than than the Windows or Apache Servers which controls most of the internet you are using right now. And cost? Substantially more than Amazon, Citibank or Ebay.
For some reason the government thinks that bigger is better. That might work in sexual contexts, but not with implementing good functional websites.
This is a prime example of the reasons that Government doesn’t work and an indication that it must run to the private sector to fix it’s problems.
Maybe, we should have looked for ways to fix the healthcare problem in the private sector to begin with and we would’nt need a tech surge to bail Obamacare out.
Yes, this writer said it, the first Obamacare bailout is under way!