“Saturday Night Live” confirms: Healthcare.gov now a national punchline

posted at 3:31 pm on October 28, 2013 by Allahpundit

Not-so-fun fact: Hours before this SNL skit aired on Saturday night, Sebelius posted something to the HHS blog touting the fact that at least one part of the website was running like a dream. That would be the “data hub,” which is designed to cross-check an applicant’s information with databases at other federal agencies like the IRS to ensure that the information they’ve provided is correct. Somehow, at least one small piece of this Rube Goldberg contraption was operating correctly.

You know where this is going.

A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law went down on Sunday, the U.S. government said, in the latest problem for the “Obamacare” rollout.

Verizon’s Terremark operates the data center behind a federal system for determining eligibility for government subsidies to buy insurance nationwide and hosts HealthCare.gov, the website that makes insurance available in 36 of the 50 states…

Peters said the newest glitch also affected a data services hub – an electronic traffic roundabout that connects numerous federal agencies and can verify people’s identity, citizenship, and other facts.

Problems with the data services hub affect customers of both HealthCare.gov and the state-run exchanges. State exchanges had been running smoothly.

I feel like we’re in an odd place right now in covering the website. No doubt, it’s a hugely important story and will become even more important a month from now if they still haven’t ironed things out. There are still fascinating wrinkles to it that are being explored by the media; take, for instance, this new WSJ piece about the wholly unsurprising bureaucratic clusterfark that helped reduce the site to the pitiful state it’s in. My favorite detail: HHS previewed the site for White House officials this summer with a demonstration version — i.e. just the user interface part, not the whole back-end system designed to coordinate between federal agencies and insurance companies. That’s S.O.P. for most projects in the tech industry, apparently, but most tech projects don’t have a president’s credibility riding on them. For all the blather over Obama being an upgrade over his “incurious” predecessor, he sure did seem incurious about whether his pet project would be ready to roll on launch day.

But as irresistible as a tale of Hopenchange technological hubris meeting its nemesis is, it’s less important politically than the realization that’s dawning on hundreds of thousands of people right now that ObamaCare is designed to make them pay more for health insurance. If you’re middle class and you’re healthy, your premium hike is a giveaway to insurers to help them pay for coverage of the sick. Long after the website is fixed and the “adverse selection” problem solved (or mitigated), that fact will persist. ObamaCare was, is, and always has been a type of health-care welfare program with insurance companies as the middle man — but of course, that’s not how it was sold. And the big mystery right now, even bigger than what The One was busy doing this year instead of riding herd on HHS to make sure his ObamaCare website showpiece worked as intended, was what he was thinking in lying brazenly for years that people could keep their plans if they liked them. I thought about that all weekend and still can’t figure it out. Lord knows, I don’t put lying past him — but that lie was so high-profile, and so clearly destined to be exposed as a lie, that I can’t imagine what he thought would be gained by it. All it can do now is damage him and his party, severely. Which makes me wonder: Did he somehow think that people would keep their plans if they liked them? If he did, why did he think so? I realize that this boondoggle started off as a mindless applause line in a campaign speech, but at some point along the way he knew, or should have known, that forcing middle-class people to buy more comprehensive coverage was going to more expensive coverage too. When was that point?

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“Saturday Night Live” confirms: Healthcare.gov now a national punchline

Oh, screw SNL-this outfit’s been a major supporter of the Dems and all things Libtard since its inception.

Dr. ZhivBlago on October 28, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Tougher to find the humor in Americans being slaughtered on a rooftop embassy, or Border Patrolmen being killed with weapons the U.S. supplied to Mexican drug lords.

Bishop on October 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

The ONLY think King Barack had to worry about was people finding out that he lied BEFORE November 2012.

He won.

GarandFan on October 28, 2013 at 5:14 PM

I don’t think Obama cares how big his lies are, or how easily exposed. There are no consequences for his lies – media will cover for him, and his base will support him no matter what. The media is already covering for him – those people losing their coverage had crappy coverage, they are getting better coverage, and most of them will get subsidies, none of which is true, but who cares. I mean, yes, some will get subsidies, but not most. And some of the subsidies will be less than the increase in premiums. And the coverage is only better if you consider converage for things you don’t want or need to be a good thing. So shut up and pay.

Even if the media won’t cover for him, he doesn’t seem to care about public opinion, he will do what he wants regardless. It’s not like he’s up for re-election. So yes, he knew he was lying, he just did not care.

mbs on October 28, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Also, in Obama’s mind, any lies he tells are justified to get the legislation he wants passed. He’s definitely an “ends justify the means” person. Any means. Letting an ambassador die in Benghazi and lying about it are totally justified in his mind, if he thinks it helps him get elected.

mbs on October 28, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Of all the scandals and general douchebaggery of this administration and its Obamacare that will ultimately make the media turn on Obama.

Yeah, I know the only reason will be to save the Democrat Party and Progressivism as a whole, but watching as the only real win Obama had his entire presidency becomes the noose that hangs him will be magical.

Spliff Menendez on October 28, 2013 at 5:45 PM

We Australians just punished our last feral government bigtime for a great big lie told us by and then sold us (but only just) by a former PM. We now have a new adult government who are gearing up to repeal the two major taxes the former clowns brought in on the basis of that lie. Legislation to repeal coming up in two weeks. And only a total repeal we do and the new government gets it and gets that if it doesn’t, it will be electoral hell for them too.

Would your President lie to you like our former lefty PMs lied to us? He’s a lefty. It’s their DNA. This is not to say conservatives or others are always squeaky clean but dishonesty and massive, massive incompetence are a universal lefty descriptor.

It was disappointing – as an outsider – to see Obama get reelected knowing that he would do even more damage to your nation. Don’t do it again America – don’t vote for such utter frauds but don’t stay home and let such frauds into your White House.

You deserve better than that.

S.S. on October 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Lord knows, I don’t put lying past him — but that lie was so high-profile, and so clearly destined to be exposed as a lie, that I can’t imagine what he thought would be gained by it.

Pathological liars don’t need to gain anything from it…in fact, their lies usually hurt them…but the do it anyway, because it’s who they are.

Anyway, the MSM will make it all better for him anyway, so don’t worry.

AUINSC on October 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

There are now fraudulent Obamacare websites who goal is credit card and identity theft. The ONLY way to tell the real from the fake sites is that the fake sites work!!!!!

MaiDee on October 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM

whose goal of course!

MaiDee on October 28, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Web M double D’s. Not.

Sebelius should Netflix that one for some helpful “tips.” And then maybe eat a couple of twinkies. She’s taking Michele’s diet a little too seriously.

NoPain on October 28, 2013 at 10:46 PM

And the big mystery right now … was what he was thinking in lying brazenly for years that people could keep their plans if they liked them.

Obama was thinking about one thing and one thing only: re-election, by any means necessary!

netster007x on October 29, 2013 at 11:36 AM

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