So, it didn’t take much for all of us to watch as the O’care website flopped right on it’s face.
With three years and over $300 million, it’s astonishing how people aren’t being sent to the unemployment line, beginning with that battle-axe Kathleen Sebelius. She was put in charge of all this and it’s been nothing but a colossal disaster. So as the HHS sorts out all the brouhaha, I have a few points of my own.
1) I talked a couple times already on this (here, and here), and wonder why more people aren’t asking the questions. We’re supposed to have the best IT in the world, and yet, we can’t make a functional website? Or is this just another shining example of government ineptitude – focusing on bureaucratic constraints and organizational needs, rather than customer needs. Vincent Flanders of Web Pages That Suck talks about this on his website (here)
2) Why did HHS opt to use CGI Federal to build the website after Canada fired them? That doesn’t make a dang bit of sense, particularly since the project that CGI failed to do with slipped deadlines and the like was much smaller. Either HHS didn’t know and didn’t vet them properly or they did know, which suggests something more insidious.
3) If Sebelius was smart, she would have contracted with a website design firm right here in the USA. You see, we’re all natural-born capitalists and building a functional website that could sustain millions of hits per day should not be that difficult. Perhaps Sebelius should have contacted the developers for Amazon or eBay.
What do you think?
To my friends.
Well folks, the shutdown is over and we dodged the so-called default bullet.
I know many of you out there are sad, angry, irritated. We want to punch someone in the face over this. We want to scream and yell at all the “eaters” and “takers” out there who demand we surrender our liberties for their entitlement – and they are thankless ingrates who have no problem sponging off the system and hustling for what we work hard to give to our families. Believe me, I’m angry too. I wanted to print out a picture of Harry Reid, tape it to my heavy bag, and punch it until the paper was shredded, followed up by photos of GOP members for selling out and screwing up this whole thing.
But then, after talking to my wife, who is pretty upset over all of this, wondering, “what do we do now?”, well, I went to my chair and started thinking about all of this. She feels angry and betrayed, as we all do. But it’s time to prepare for the next fight. That will take some wisdom.
1) Keep On Talking and Listening - We keep on going in the marketplace of ideas. Conservative ideas are good and pure and they work whenever we actually take the time to do them. Now, don’t expect that the Mainstream Media is going to help – they are the soundboard for the Lib-crats – and there is no hope in changing them.
We won’t change the liberal mindset so long as we don’t have a message on which we all can get behind. Keep on tweeting, blog posting, and “Pass through the Grass” (yes, that sounds funny, but it’s a good slogan – “Pass through the Grass” means keep on talking to your friends, family, and co-workers (the grassroots). Don’t adopt talking points; instead, make the conservative message YOUR message. Integrate it into your thinking and speech and keep on talking.
We gotta stop preaching why liberal ideas are bad and focus on why conservative ideas are good. Do we even know?
Also, keep on listening and pointing out the failures of Obama and his left-wing libcrat Congress. Continue holding Biden to ridicule. Continue holding the Administration accountable about Benghazi and the IRS scandals. Don’t let up.
2) Keep Resisting – We keep on resisting Government tyranny at every turn. Now I can’t tell you what to do, but I’ve decided to opt out of ObamaCare completely. I’m not signing up, I’m not buying in, and I’m not paying the IRS fee. ObamaCare requires seven million people signed into it for it to work. I won’t be one of them. And maybe you might choose to not be either.
Now that won’t be easy, because I’ll have to be fiscally responsible and make sure I set money aside, in case something happens. But until they fix the system, I can’t afford the premiums. I have to do what is best for MY family, not someone else.
3) Enjoy Your Freedoms and Liberties – There is something to be said about someone who can continue to live in joy (something not easy for me) amidst pain, suffering, and hopelessness. We can continue to laugh at those angry liberals, drowning in their own misery, but the way I see it, the liberals spike a football every time we roll out our anger. They are overjoyed to see our sad or angry reactions. Don’t give it to them.
Enjoy your liberty and freedoms, because they are given to you by God, not government.
4) Pray and Ally with God – We pray and seek God’s will for all that we do. Remember, we’ll never get the liberals on our side, nor the RINO GOP’s who just want peace and love in Washington. But instead of getting people on our side, how’s about we surrender our will to God’s will and then, draw strength from that.
5) Remember your Reagan – Ronald Reagan taught many good things of how conservative government is supposed to work. Thing is, Reagan didn’t have a Congress full of conservatives. He was a uniter – the “Great Communicator”. This is what we need to do, so here are some words of wisdom, from the Ol’ Gipper himself. for you:
- Don’t speak ill of fellow Republicans (That’s going to be tough for us who are more allied with Tea Party values than the establishment)
- If a Republican agrees with you 80% of the time, he’s your ally.
- No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.
- If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be one nation gone under.
- There is nothing wrong with America that we, together, cannot fix.
Folks, it’s time we step up and remembered who we are, who we serve, and continue being Americans.
Now this borders on conspiracy theorist, but it does make a lot of sense.
Question: Did the government engineer the Heathcare dot gov website to purposely obscure the costs of premiums?
It might make sense, given the previous commentary from Aetna’s CEO about how the code drop only happened last month and they government would “fix it on the fly”. That level of sheer incompetence does border on the intentional – they had three years to get it done! It didn’t take other high volume websites that long to come online and meet the demand. But it certainly did for the ACA’s website.
Or maybe there were some who felt that it wasn’t going to work out anyway, so rather sink a lot of website development costs into something that people would effectively reject, they’ll just take the money and produce a pathetic product.
There’s also the thought that government web developers are so incompetent – that that’s why they’re in government – they got fired from civilian, for-profit gigs.
I don’t know. But I’m quite sure that, as not many Americans have actually signed up for ACA as ObamAd, Inc would like, not disclosing the costs of ACA to the public without signing up would not be in the best interests of the Administration. The aim is to get you to sign up, not to have you see the costs, get “sticker shock” and then walk away.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the next step was to start signing everyone up automatically.
Rush’s Commentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV6cpyFs56M
If there is one thing I like about Amazon.com, it’s the fact that they know what is important and what isn’t. And they know how to build a system that doesn’t take years to construct, cost tens of millions of dollars to get working, and isn’t buggy as crap. Instead, they know how to take the ample time to prepare for a good system rollout.
But according to Aetna’s CEO, Mark Bertolini, code drops for the site showed up within a month before go-live. Mr. Bertolini indicated, though more diplomatically than I would, of how much that ObamAd, Inc was hell bent on getting the project launched on October 1 and that all the testing now was “on-the-fly”.
So in other words, it was more important to get it out there, rather than getting it right. That is the same madness that has driven the entire ACA in the first place. Nancy Pelosi wanted to “pass it to see what was in it” and then she wanted to “fund it before we could fix it”. Obama and the rest of the Congressional jackasses were refusing to negotiate on anything because this is “signature legislation”. It’s all about “getting the framework into place” rather than actually having a working solution.
Many of my friends are in IT, systems designers, enterprise architects, web developers and code jocks. All of the ones I’ve spoken with in my circle find the entire thing laughable. And then I bring up Amazon and it puts it into perspective, because if they were really about business, it wouldn’t nearly be this nightmarish.
Typical government idiocy.
Watch and Read it: Obamacare insurance market deeply flawed: Aetna CEO.
Once again, Obama has showed us all how much of a wuss he is. Rather than getting some real gravitas and leading the Democrat response, he is handing it back over to the old stubborn goat
1) He can’t stand getting mucky-muck on himself, knowing full well that the Dems own the shutdown*. Since they don’t get what they want (the ACA), they are willing to continue the fight between House and Senate. They want Boehner to cave so they can have every little socialist program they can get.
Thing is, Democrats don’t know how to stop spending. They simply refuse to properly deal with the problem – stop spending. Instead, they want more money from an already hurting middle class, since they won’t get enough from the so-called rich.
Shutdown – as if. Right now, financially, over 80% of the government is still operating without a beat. Or is there any particular reason why DoD civilians went back to work today?
2) Harry Reid has already dug in and said “no negotiate”. Since that sack of manure has already showed us that he is willing to swat away any bill that the Senate won’t vote to the left on, he is just simply wanting the GOP to collapse its argument.
The only high side here is that Obama is pushing this back to Congress, saying that it’s Congress’ job to get him a bill for him to sign (or that he is willing to sign).
Either way, the Dems are all showing that Obama now is a limp-wristed pantywaist of a President who has no grit. I wonder if Harry Reid has to wipe his rear too.