[President Obama] told people they can call an 800 number instead of buying coverage online. Reporters duly called the number and got busy signals, or when getting through and following the directions, got referred back to healthcare.gov.
This, no doubt, is another “glitch,” the administration’s catchall word for the fact that it is almost impossible to enroll for insurance under Obamacare. It is a sign of just how bad it is that a new word has been added to describe the dysfunction, which is now occasionally referred to as “glitches and kinks.” If the website ever has to be abandoned entirely, the president and his spinners will surely maintain it was undone by “glitches, kinks, snags, bugs, and hiccups.”
Euphemism aside, it must be dawning on the White House that it is presiding over a fiasco that not only threatens the viability of its health-care law, but President Obama’s central conceit that the mandarins of the administrative state are wise and capable enough to manage a large portion of our national life. They aren’t even wise and capable enough to develop a website when given three years and $400 million to do it.
The initial excuse for the failure of healthcare.gov was sheer volume, but only the molten core of the president’s loyalists still mouth this line. People whose job it is to successfully use the website have barely been able to successfully use the website. It took a CNN reporter a week to create a login and two weeks to proceed with her application. Healthcare.gov is worthy of a Joseph Heller novel.
Consumer Reports tried to give potential users some advice. First, follow very carefully the needlessly complicated instructions for creating a password that has at least seven characters and at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, and one symbol. Second, as soon as you encounter a problem logging on, start over, because you can’t believe what the error messages tell you. If you happen to make it through, keep a sharp eye out for an email confirming your account, or you’ll soon be timed out. Finally, when verifying your identity on the site, you may want to do it from a different browser than the one you registered from.
Got it? The nonprofit publication’s bottom line: “Stay away from Healthcare.gov for at least another month if you can.”