Oh, the dismay and sadness that I encountered.
Oh, the confusion and puzzlement that the U.S. population is swimming in.
Oh, the frustration and anger that lies in the hearts of our fellow countrymen.
You know what I came up with?
It appears that not one single, solitary person has successfully registered and received their insurance options.
And there are some great articles and blogs out on the web chastising the President and his administration for their ineptness.
These articles are from some powerful sources:
Wall Street Journal
Alex Jone's Infowars.com
CBS News in the District of Columbia
New Orleans Times Picayune
I have attached some excerpts from a article written by Avik Roy in his blog called "The Apothecary" titled: " Obamacare's Website Is Crashing Because It Doesn't Want You To Know How Costly Its Plans Are"
The title makes you think, huh?
Avik Roy is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the author of the Forbes blog The Apothecary.
He is a contributor to National Review Online, where he was described as a member of Mitt Romney's Health Care Policy Advisory Group.
The Healthcare.gov website requires that individuals looking for coverage enter personal information before comparing plans. IT experts believe that this requirement is causing the website to crash.
A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing.
Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping.
This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies.
HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly.
But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.
“Healthcare.gov was initially going to include an option to browse before registering,” report Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky in the Wall Street Journal.
“But that tool was delayed and people familiar with the situation said.” Why was it delayed? “An HHS spokeswoman said the agency wanted to ensure that users were aware of their eligibility for subsidies that could help pay for coverage, before they started seeing the prices of policies.” (Emphasis added.)
As you know, if you’ve been following my blog, Obamacare’s bevy of mandates, regulations, taxes, and fees drives up the cost of the insurance plans that are offered under the law’s public exchanges.
A Manhattan Institute analysis that Avik Roy helped conduct found that, on average, the cheapest plan offered in a given state, under Obamacare, will be 99 percent more expensive for men, and 62 percent more expensive for women, than the cheapest plan offered under the old system.
And those disparities are even wider for healthy people.
That raises an obvious question. If 50 million people are uninsured today, mainly because insurance is too expensive, why is it better to make coverage even costlier?
The answer is that Obamacare wasn’t designed to help healthy people with average incomes get health insurance.
It was designed to force those people to pay more for coverage, in order to subsidize insurance for people with incomes near the poverty line, and those with chronic or costly medical conditions.
But the laws’ supporters and enforcers don’t want you to know that, because it would violate the President’s incessantly repeated promise that nothing would change for the people that Obamacare doesn’t directly help.
If you shop for Obamacare-based coverage without knowing if you qualify for subsidies, you might be discouraged by the law’s steep costs.
For example, the site could advertise plans that cost “$0″ or “$30″ instead of explaining that the plan really costs $200, and that you’re getting a subsidy of $200 or $170.
But you’ll have to be at or near the poverty line to gain subsidies of that size; most people will either not qualify for a subsidy, or qualify for a small one that, net-net, doesn’t make up for the law’s cost hikes.
This political objective—masking the true underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans—far outweighed the operational objective of making the federal website work properly.
Think about it the other way around.
If the “Affordable Care Act” truly did make health insurance more affordable, there would be no need to hide these prices from the public.
Think about it.
It’s quite possible that much of this disaster could have been avoided if the Obama administration had been willing to be open with the public about the degree to which Obamacare escalates the cost of health insurance.
If they had, then a number of the problems with the exchange’s software architecture would never have arisen.
But that would require admitting that the “Affordable Care Act” was not accurately named.
The White House knew that its people on the front lines, people like Henry Chao, were worried that the exchanges would get botched.
They saw the Congressional Research Service memorandum detailing that the administration has missed half of the statutory deadlines assigned by the law.
But they were more afraid of the P.R. disaster of disclosing Obamacare’s high premiums than they were of the P.R. disaster of crashing websites.
What you see is the result.
Without getting too political, and with your permission, I will continue to dive deeper into this mess to keep you informed.
If there are any specific questions you have please leave them in my comments below.
We are in this together.
Thanks for joining me...........................................................