Monday, October 21, 2013

President Obama's Problems With ObamaCare

President Obama’s greatest problem with ObamaCare is that he cannot blame it on President Bush (either President Bush). He could claim it’s based on RomneyCare in Massachusetts, but the Governor was rejected by the voters last year. The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as ObamaCare, is the signature act of his Administration. If it fails, then he goes down with it. The next biggest problem for the President is that he didn’t know the details of the Bill. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, could have been speaking directly to him rather than to Congress or the American people when she said: “But we have to pass the Bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” Congress and the President literally did not know what they were voting on in taking over 1/6 of the national’s economy. ObamaCare imploded before its time. It is doomed by its underlying economics: it was supposed to jump out of the starting gate, but fell victim the excessive reliance on the government. ObamaCare’s problem is that the implementation is based on 5 million lines of code by a government, which unsuccessfully poured billions into new computer systems for the FAA and the FBI. The primary drafter of the software, CGI Federal, lost its contract for poor performance last year in Montreal for failing to produce a similar product under a three year contract with the Province of Montreal. Even with extensive beta testing, Microsoft and Apple introduce software with flaws. The federal government did little testing of the software before opening it on October1. Presidents should not be confronted with unpleasant surprises, but no one dared tell the President the software wouldn’t work. They knew he wouldn’t listen. President Obama has stood by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, because of her blind loyalty to him. She too wore blinders, but her ignorance was compounded by incompetence. She tried to avoid testifying to Congress due to “lack of time,” but appeared on the Jon Stewart Show. The President and many of his acolytes sound like they’re selling snake oil. The President earlier today sounded like Baghdad Bob during the Fall of Baghdad. President Obama said earlier today that “The essence of the Bill is working fine.” President Obama is quick o the trigger in firing successful military leaders,such as Generals McChrystal and Petreaus, but is stubbornly loyal to mediocrity in his Cabinet. Demonizing Senator Ted Cruz and the Tea Party will not make ObamaCare work. The problem is greater than glitches and kinks; it's institutional and systemic. The President has a problem when Robert Gibbs, his previous press secretary, said it was bungled and people should be fired. President Obama has a problem in that the government shutdown was resolved. The continuing ObamaCare problems are now the lead article in the news today.

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