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The Magnificent Failure of www.Healthcare.gov

Written by Gary North on October 28, 2013

The federal government is coercive and incompetent. The public vaguely understands this, although only in theory.

People have a difficult time imagining just how incompetent the federal government is, because it is too big to understand. It spends over $3.5 trillion a year. People can understand crony favoritism when we are talking about a few million dollars. This is comprehensible. But crony favoritism on a scale that the federal government is capable of, and is constantly implementing, is beyond anyone’s power of comprehension. It is just too large, too complex, and too difficult to trace.

In order to get across to people just how rigged the system is, we need representative examples. They have to be clear-cut. They have to be striking. Most of all, they have to gain public attention. They cannot be concealed, or least once they have become public knowledge, there is no way for the government to conceal them.

Those of us who believe staunchly in the inherent corruption of big government, long for poster child examples of this corruption. We long for cases so blatantly against the public interest that we can make them examples of the system that operates in Washington, D.C.

In what is one of the greatest examples of crony capitalism in my adult life, the main company that produced the incomparable failure known as www.healthcare.gov turns out to have gained its share of the $678 million contract without facing competitive bids. That’s right. There were other companies that submitted bids, but those bids were not considered, or so initial reports indicate. Why no bids? We are not told.

This kind of thing goes on all the time, but usually it is never discovered. But the website was rolled out as the prime example of President Obama’s signature program, which bears his name unofficially: ObamaCare. This program was going to be the deliverance long awaited for by 15 million Americans who did not have healthcare coverage.

It went online, and it was dead on arrival: a corpse of government medicine. It died so spectacularly that it became front-page news around the world. It is such a total failure that there is a kind of magnificence about it. Millions of people tried to get in. Millions of people could not get in.

Now Congress is conducting an investigation of how this happened, and it turns out, that it happened because it was a sweetheart deal from the get-go.

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14 thoughts on “The Magnificent Failure of www.Healthcare.gov

  1. Gloria Wedemeyer says:

    I want to make one strong point. They offer England and Canada's health care plans. My husband and I go to Florida for the winter and in our park, there are about 25 or 30 families from Canada and I remember when it was being passed, our Canadian friends said "you will be sorry". They said it is great when you are young andhealthy, as you don't see the times you have to wait on care being anything significant but when you get older, sometimes immediate care is exactly what you need. Why does American not wonder why so many canadians come to this country for medical attention and have to pay for it on their own.
    One lady in our park need knee replacements. Over 3 years later, they are still not done. My husband's doctor said he needed a hip replacement because he had bone rubbing on bone and within two weeks, it was done and over with. Be careful what you wish for.

  2. Those connecyed with funding it last week need to be fired.

  3. Charles Preston says:

    Enough with the in-your-face AR-15 ad. With some mobile devices it takes over the whole screen in a way that doesn't allow continuing to the article. The size and location are obnoxious, and as with other undesired advertising, even some that is interesting the first time viewed, this is way too many repetitions.

    Thank you.

  4. One other point, whenever one of these huge crony contracts are handed out, large amounts of dollars find their way back into the Obama campaign fund or the DNC campaign fund. Since the abettor in chief is the Attorney General they have an ongoing "get out of jail free" card. Ah well, it is probably Bush's fault anyway. See my blog at http://cranky-conservative.blogspot.com

  5. WhiteFalcon says:

    Ovomit and everything associated with him is a failure, period. I will be glad when this zero is gone. He is no better than Joe Biden. He just sounds smarter.

  6. When government "pays the bills," it does so like a crooked lawyer handling the trust fund of orphan children.

  7. Thye need to give back the money that they were paid so that we can afford to pay someone else to do it correctly.

    The congressmen and senators who pass laws llike this need to be personally accountable for the financial damage they cause.

    The Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.

    Today's leaders want everything all expenses paid.

  8. Thye need to give back the money that they were paid so that we can afford to pay someone else to do it correctly.

    The congressmen and senators who pass laws llike this need to be personally accountable for the financial damage they cause.

    The Founding Fathers pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.

    Today's leaders want everything all expenses paid.

  9. I agree Charles. VERY annoying!

  10. And this does not even approach the privacy issues, the hacker's delight this monster is, nor the underlying insanity of the entire system. Someone needs to take the wretched thing out behind the barn and make an end of it. Its best quality at that point would be one (though small) shovel ready project.

    But I am VERY glad to see it a colossal failure right off the starting blocks. And even MORE glad it is become so blatantly obvious even the mainstream media are on to it, at times showing no mercy. SOMETHING must happen to blast the American voters out of their van Winkelian slumber…….

  11. Texas Chris says:

    Don't worry, we can all still flee South to the land of the free…

    Mexico.

  12. Clearly everyone here is very gleeful that the new computer system is a spectacular failure. But what makes you think these aren't just growing pains, and the system will eventually get past this early mess. Gary acts as if the feds are just going to give up and walk away, and I see no evidence that is the case.

  13. Would that they would just give up and walk away…far, far away.

  14. You're correct when you mention crony favoritism and inherent corruption but you need to replace incompetent government with scamming government. Incompetent would suggest they were trying to get it right but couldn't manage when in fact the results they got are exactly what they wanted. They have their agenda and it isn't to serve the American people.