It Can’t Be a Failure After Four Days

In case you’re wondering, with all the news reports from last week and over the weekend. Obamacare is not a failure.

The site was only up for four days. No one can fairly judge the success or failure of anything in that length of time. For instance, as far as I know, no one judges the success or failure of any business in its first four days. And yes, this is more than a government program. It’s really a business that happens to be administrated by the government.
If there’s any criticism, it’s in the technology that has been implemented, specifically the software. Look at this report from Reuters. I don’t think anyone would call Reuters a right wing news source. The article, although critical, does not specifically play the blame game.
What I want to know though, as I’m sure most of you do as well, with all the problems the site had last week, is how many people actually applied and were accepted into the various insurance programs offered. Believe it or not, the press is asking that questions a lot. Sure, the administration can wave the 8.6 million visitors flag all they want. In order to judge any business’ success though, people want the bottom line. So even though it’s only been four days, I think the administration needs to keep its mouth shut until they are able to announce actual numbers to the American people.
Visits mean nothing. Registrations mean nothing because you have to register before you can even begin to look at any of the plans offered in your locale. Although I would like to see the actual numbers of those that were able to actually sign up to receive health insurance beginning next January, It’s still way to early for anyone to try to make a determination as to whether this program will be a success or not.
Once the technical issues are resolved, and that may take some time, then and only then will anyone be able to begin to come to any conclusions.
And I want to say this. There’s been a lot of hype about how the government has had three and a half years to get this system implemented. Let me just tell you from personal experience. That’s not a long time for anything the government does. Sure, if this were in the private sector and a company were spending billions on some project that took as long to roll out and there were major issues with the software, investors would be up in arms and I’m sure the entire board and top leadership would be out the door.
But this is the government. We all know how slowly wheels turn there. As of this morning, no one knows how long it’s going to take the contractor to resolve the issues in the system. I will venture a guess though that because this program is so high profile, there’s a huge fire that has been lit under that contractor and the government employees supervising to do whatever it takes to get the system up and running efficiently as soon as possible.

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