As of 9 pm ET on 30 November, the day that the Obamacare website was supposed to be “fixed,” the healthcare dot gov site says that it does not support the current version of Mac OSX.
Of course, OS 10.9 has only been in public release for five weeks, but incremental developer releases have been available for testing since June.
It’s interesting that the site claims to support Windows XP which was withdrawn from sale in 2009 and for which Microsoft will end support early next year, but says nothing about support for iOS (iPhone/Pad) or Android systems. I wonder what percentage of users under 30 years old will try to access the site with a mobile device?
The version of Obamacare that was rolled out on 1 October was clearly not ready for prime time. It wasn’t even ready for beta release. It was simply a failure.
Good engineers design for failure. That’s not to say that we (I’m an engineer) design products to fail, but we know that they will. That’s why the load panel in your house has circuit breakers. In the real world, failure is always an option, and it becomes exponentially more likely when a project is managed by someone who doesn’t understand the endeavor’s practical constraints. Clay Shirky offers an analysis of the probable managerially-driven problems with Obamacare here.
Recently, much has been made about the Administration’s ignoring the law when dealing with Obamacare and any possible workarounds for its present problems, and it’s true that those responsible for the current mess have acted lawlessly. However, the law that will do the project in was not passed by Congress. It stems from a higher authority. Those who ignore it are fools.
If anything can go wrong, it will.
Let it burn.
UPDATE—This insightful observation is also on point:
Many people who have healthcare through policies bought through an employer or a union have been granted waivers allowing them to keep those policies through 2014. After this year’s experience with enrollment in Obamacare, the signup period next year has been delayed. It will begin after election day.
President Obama published a memo to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on transparency in government. You can read the whole thing here. It says in part:
Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.
“… consistent with law and policy …” Those should not be weasel words, but they are. What happens when it is the Administration’s policy to deceive the public?
The expectation that the government is lying happens. That expectation is becoming so pervasive that even the main steam media is having to take notice and challenge White House claims.
It really doesn’t matter whether the screwups are the result of incompetence as Chis Christie suggests (“they’ve never run anything before”) or corruption or some mix of them plus other factors. The result has been increased transparency. Folks are now looking for the gotcha, the weasel words, or the flat-out lie in whatever comes out of the White House, and, with that increased attention, are beginning to see right through the PR.
This was supposedly found unshredded in a dumpster near the White House—
For use Nov 19 2013:
Two score and nine days ago your betters brought forth on this continent a new healthcare, conceived in secret, and dedicated to the proposition that all men should suffer equally.
Now were are engaged in a great civil discourse, testing whether that healthcare, or any healthcare so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that discourse. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for the plans of those who here gave up their plans that this healthcare might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not hallow those plans. The brave bureaucrats, federal and state, have done them in far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember the excuses offered here, but can never forget what they did here. It is for us the Progressives, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who pushed paper here have thus far so ineptly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these killed-off plans we take increased devotion to that cause for which we have such great desire—that we highly resolve that mere bureaucratic snafus shall not have been made in vain—that this nation shall have new birth of regulation—and that government of the people, by their betters, for their betters, shall not perish from the earth.
Commenters on the Left are now beginning to worry that the rollout of Obamacare has been and will continue to be so inept that too many of the suckers public will become convinced it is was a scam all along or that the wonks are technical dilettantes rather than competent innovators or something else “bad.” This, they say, will allow the Right to run successfully against Progressivism as personified in Obama for a generation.
They may have a point. When I was a kid back in the ’50s, I remember Democrats who were still going on about Hoover.
Obamacare is going to be an expensive educational experience.
Some boneheaded local politician in Massachusetts wants to be able to send the local cops in to gun owners’ homes to “inspect” how their guns are stored. Perhaps this bozo hasn’t heard of the Fourth Amendment. You know, that bit in the Bill of Rights about a warrant being needed for a search.
The guy is a selectman in the town of Swampscott. I wonder how far that is from Lexington and Concord?
We have three branches of government in the State of Maryland. The Legislative Branch makes the laws. The Executive Branch carries out the laws. The Judicial Branch decides cases and interprets the laws.
The Attorney General is part of the Executive Branch. He offers advice to the Legislature and to the various departments of the Executive Branch, and he represents the State before the Court of Special Appeal, the Court of Appeals, and the federal courts. He does not decide the meaning of laws.
The Judicial Branch does that.
So the Legislature may have an opinion about what they intended a law to do, and the Attorney General may offer his opinion as well, but the courts have the final say about the meaning of laws.
There is a pecking order among the courts. Here in Maryland, the District Courts are on the bottom rung. The next step up is the Circuit Courts. These are the courts that are the usual triers of fact. The Court of Special Appeals is the first level appellate court in the state. The Court of Appeals is the higher appellate court. It’s word is final on state law. The only court above it is the Supreme Court of the United States and only for federal issues.
So how do the U. S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit fit in? They are in a parallel judicial system. Of course, their rulings are binding on any state court with respect to federal issues, but federal issues only. Thus, how the U. S. District Court ruled on a federal law might provide guidance to a state court on a related issue, but the ruling would not be binding per se with respect to a case relating only to state law.
So relying on a legislative memo or report or on an Attorney General’s opinion at odds with a Circuit Court’s ruling that the Court of Appeals has refused to review is, shall we say, risky. Relying on federal court decision which the Circuit Court has ruled inapplicable when the Court of Appeals has refused to review the Circuit Courts ruling is similarly unwise.
Politifact has rated Barack Obama’s recent attempt to weasel out of his “if you like your plan …” and “if you like your doctor …” promises. They must have noticed that his lips were moving. The Politifact rating is shown on the left.
Meanwhile, it’s being reported that the average age of people who are signing up for Obamacare is significantly older than the actuaries expected when insurance rates were initially calculated. If that continues, either rates will have to be drastically increased again in 2015 or the program will go bust financially.
Peggy Noonan has a piece over at WSJ that describes how disastrous a victory Obamacare is for the President. Not only are many Americans finding that they can’t keep their old heath plans that they liked, the new plans are often unaffordable. And many are discovering that the politically well-connected are being given special exemptions.
It’s as if it’s 1937 and they launched Social Security, only rich coupon-clippers on Park Avenue immediately started getting small monthly checks, and 67-year-old dust bowlers in tarpaper shacks started getting monthly bills.
The Democrats that is. I’m over 65 and on Medicare, but Mrs. Hoge is still in her 50s. She would like to be free to choose what her health insurance covers. She isn’t interested in buying either maternity or abortion coverage. She isn’t interested in having lactation or fertility coverage. She doesn’t want Viagra. But she isn’t free to take those choices. The Democrats insist that she buy coverage for all these things as part of Obamacare. And it is the Democrats doing the insisting. Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote.
Fortunately, Mrs. Hoge is covered by a group health plan that will survive past the first of the year, but millions of other people are finding out that they won’t be able to keep the health plan they liked. They’re also beginning to find out that the Administration has known for years that the regulations it intended to impose would have that effect. The mainstream media is even beginning to talk about that fact.
As more folks wise up, it may be for some Democrats in Congress that “If you like your job, you can keep it” may be just another empty promise.
… President Lincoln made some brief remarks at the dedication of a military cemetery in southern Pennsylvania.
On 19 November, there will be a ceremony to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg. President Obama has blown off his invitation to participate.
I’m not sure what he has on his schedule for the 19th, but I’ll bet that the world will little note nor long remember what he does that day.