50,001? We must have been the 50,001th wannabee victim. In our courageous zeal to inform our readers we ventured into the swamp of ObamaCare. We got stuck immediately. ObamaCare is a pitiless pit of poop.
We are not the only ones stuck in the pitiless pit of poop which is the ObamaCare website today. Many others got stuck in the pit and received the same message we did. Charles Ornstein had this to say at
Pro Publica: Why, this new and improved ObamaCare website seems barely improved at all:
“‘Please Wait’: New-and-Improved HealthCare.gov Has Same Old Problems
After a glowing news conference yesterday citing “night and day” progress on HealthCare.gov, I decided to log in this morning and take the Web site for a test drive, as I’m sure many others are doing. Early reports had been promising. What I found was hardly encouraging — long delays loading pages, an endless circle of tasks (some already completed) and ultimately an error message.
The load-time issues (sometimes more than a minute) reminded me of the problems users encountered in the very first days of the Web site, which handles health insurance enrollment for residents of 36 states. It also appears to contradict what Health and Human Services officials said had been fixed. [snip]
Additionally, once I had completed and submitted my application and verified my identity, the site told me that I was missing information and had to review it again. Nothing was missing. Ultimately, I got an error message telling me to come back later.
The Obama administration says the site can now handle 50,000 unique visitors at one time and 800,000 over the course of a day. But on Day One of the new-and-improved site, it doesn’t appear able to keep up with the load. No wonder HHS is encouraging users to come back at off-peak hours.
Some screen shots of my experience are below.
Immediately I encountered delays:
Screenshot by screenshot the Pulitzer winner encountered the same scourging we did. The technicians willing to “chat” could not help him either. We wept as we realized today is the second day of the second month and the second deadline as the hapless ObamaCare website continues to trap the unwary and the misbegotten. Sad, sad, sad. Our crocodile tears flowed.
Amazon, remember Amazon? Amazon, which Barack Obama assured Americans for years was exactly how ObamaCare’s website would work, was busy on CyberMonday processing millions upon millions of orders for customers (over a million per hour; Fedex handled more than 22 million packages). Yesterday Amazon pitched a possible future (we suspect a very clever Christmastide publicity stunt) in which Amazon packages would arrive less than 1 hour after purchase – via drones. ObamaCare? While Amazon worked towards an effective future, Obama shill David Soufflé promised a better ObamaCare future starting in — 2017.
Hold your breath until 2017. If the flatline economy doesn’t kill you ObamaCare will. Fortunately there are two elections coming before 2016 that will kill ObamaCare before it kills us. What will Obama Dimocrats so?
Obama Dimocrats in a panic because of ObamaCare think they need a better boatload of people and that will drain the pitiless pit of poop:
“Dems admit reboot needs stronger team
Former administration officials and Democratic operatives say President Obama is ill-served by his current White House staff and must reboot his second term team following the disastrous ObamaCare rollout.
First-term insiders argue the White House’s weakness was defined by a lack of preparedness, messaging blunders and failure to keep the president informed.
They say Obama’s team lacks depth after the departures of longtime advisers David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Robert Gibbs and Patrick Gaspard, and suggest new people must be brought on.
“You basically have [White House senior adviser Dan] Pfeiffer and [deputy chief of staff] Rob Nabors running the show politically, and that’s it,” one former administration official said.”
The problem is not Dan Pfluffer nor David Soufflé. The problem is Barack Obama and his wholly-owned by Obama Dimocrats health scam called ObamaCare. To think that a change of staff will bring back the ObamaCare scam to life is like thinking changing curtains at the morgue will resurrect the frozen dead. Besides, those Barack Obama former staffers like Robert Gibbs, are not exactly being helpful:
“Well, look, I think, you know, the notion that it works for a vast majority of users, obviously, is as many have pointed out an arbitrary measure. We don’t know the exact number. It is clear from reporting that people are having a better user experience,” said Gibbs.
“Again, I think the pressure now will be on the administration to be more forthcoming about what’s happening on the back-end and whether insurance companies are getting the information.”
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd has shilled so much for Obama and ObamaCare he qualifies as an Obama staffer. Chuck is not being helpful either as he sinks not only ObamaCare but the idea of government intervention- at NBC’s flagship Obama protection show!:
CHUCK TODD: David, the most interesting thing in this report, right, page one– it’s page three of the report, it says here that, “The team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness.”
DAVID GREGORY: Yeah.
CHUCK TODD: Okay, that is an acknowledgement that, “You know what? If this was a government operation for a long time and it failed, now we’re bringing in the private sector folks.” I mean, that is an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution, frankly, when you look at [unintelligible].
As to the Robert Gibbs question “whether insurance companies are getting the information”? We have an answer. Insurers: The back end of Healthcare.gov still isn’t working. It’s not crazed Republicans/conservatives providing that answer. It’s Obama protection squads at the New York Times:
“While insurers will start covering people who pay their share of the premium, many insurers worry the government will be late on the payments they were expecting in mid-January for the first people covered.
“We want to be paid,” said one executive, speaking frankly on the condition of anonymity. “If we want to pay claims, we need to get paid.”
Insurers said they had received calls from consumers requesting insurance cards because they thought they had enrolled in a health plan through the federal website, but the insurers said they had not been notified.
“Somehow people are getting lost in the process,” the insurance executive said. “If they go to a doctor or a hospital and we have no record of them, that will be very upsetting to consumers.”
Upsetting? Ya think? Wait until applicants find out all the subsidy information they received is a load of poop too and they have to pay more than their meager budgets permit as “affordable”.
Welcome to permanent residence in the pit of poop:
“So here’s the outlook for the next eight weeks. Even with the White House urging progressive nonprofits not to drum up extra interest in enrollment before December 23rd in order to keep site traffic manageable, traffic is still bound to soar. The site may well crash, right in the home stretch before the December 23rd deadline. Once December 23rd arrives, insurers will have just eight days to somehow process the last-minute crush of applications without error, even though some unknown portion of them will likely be riddled with data problems from Healthcare.gov. If/when the applications are processed, people will start discovering next month after they’ve made appointments that their insurer has never heard of them. They’ll also find out that that the relatively low-premium ObamaCare “bronze” plan they signed up for happens to come with a deductible that’s stratospherically high and a provider network that’s much smaller than they’d hoped for. And on top of all that, it’s an open question whether the risk pools in the exchanges will be as young and healthy as insurers need them to be or whether they’ll end up too old or sick to be sustainable. In other words — mass chaos. Like I say, this is merely the next eight weeks. How long will Democrats tough it out? [snip]
How much more blood can Democrats lose before they pull the plug? Exit quotation from Obama, the thinking-man’s answer to the notoriously “incurious” George Bush: “We’re evaluating why it is exactly that I didn’t know soon enough that it wasn’t going to work the way it needed to.”
When you’re trapped in a sea of poop, get out of the boat. Run. Get out. Get out now. The rising tide of poop sinks all ships. Get to shore. Get to safety. Get out of the poop. ObamaCare is a pitiless pit of poop.