BY: Washington Free Beacon Staff
October 21, 2013 5:03 pm
White House spokesperson David Simas attempted to whitewash drastic technical issues with the Obamacare website Monday on CNN’s The Lead.
Host Jake Tapper asked Simas several times if the website will be fixed by December 15th or the March deadline for individuals to purchase insurance.
Simas did his best to reroute his answers, continually repeating that the alternative methods of phone and paper registration will be available for consumers prior to the deadlines:
TAPPER: […] You didn’t answer my question. Will the website be up and running, can you promise by December 15th or the by March deadline, either one of the dates, can yes or no, can you promise?
SIMAS: So Jake, yes, between the website and all of the other ways that people have to sign up –
TAPPER: That wasn’t really the question.
SIMAS: But here’s the reality. Any American over the course of the next six months who either doesn’t have insurance or is on the individual market, between the website service that prior to october 1st didn’t exist, a 1-800 number prior to October 1st that didn’t exist, navigators and the ability to do it on their own, they can get insurance and will.
TAPPER: David, you won’t even say whether or not it will be fixed by March.
SIMAS: Jake, I did. I said –
TAPPER: No, you said the phone service will be working.
SIMAS: Jake, I said that the main purpose of the Affordable Care Act is not a website. It’s to make sure that any American who is either uninsured or in the individual market has options to get insurance. That will happen. That’s our sole focus and that’s what we’re going to do.
As most of us know by now, the government web-site that Americans were told to go to, to sign up for Obama-Care, is hopelessly flawed. This site, according to the link below….
….is the most expensive in the history of the web, with a price tag of nearly half a billion dollars!
Our government does not produce anything. It does however legislate, and “govern” nearly every aspect of our lives. All of this regulation calls for people to oversee it and file endless reams of paperwork to keep everyone in line.
Think of the DMV. The lines here in California sometimes stretch for half a city block. I remember accidentally cutting in line at the DMZ and almost causing a riot, as people had been in line, waiting their turn for, in some cases, over an hour! Think of how this may relate to people waiting for an operation, a heart transplant, a check up.
Here’s what happens in Canada: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/health-exchange/2013/09/09/a-look-at-the-long-waiting-times-under-canadas-health-care-system/
Obamamess will now attempt to legislate our healthcare, which is 1/6 of our economy.
So the Obama administration rolls out Obamamess and the website doesn’t work? How lame is that? Can you imagine Apple doing this? What would happen if people bought the new iPhone and it didn’t work! Well, that’s what we have here isn’t it? Obamamess isn’t working, even after spending a record half a billion on the web-site.
Then we have the Double Speak and “dodge-ball” antics of whitehouse spokes-hole David Simas, who assures us that everything is fine! He can’t say whether or not the web-site will be working, because he and most likely everyone else involved, doesn’t know when, or if, the web-site will ever work! This kind of deliberate tap dancing around the issue is beyond the pale and this is another reason why we need to clean house in Washington. By the way, that half a billion dollars spent, was our hard-earned money! Oh well.
In closing todays post: This might be the shortest “close” I have ever posted. Obamamess is just that…. a mess!