Mike Huckabee News
Oct 21 2013
Today marks three weeks since the Obamacare exchange website, Healthcare.gov, went online. Over the weekend, it was taken down for fixes again. The Spanish language version still isn’t online at all, and officials won’t comment on when it might be. The Obama Administration finally released some numbers on how many people managed to navigate it before crashing. They claim about 476,000 health insurance applications have been filed so far. But nearly half of those were filed through state exchanges, not the national one. And they still declined to say how many of those applicants actually signed up for insurance, after seeing the prices. Considering they need 7 million uninsured to sign up in the next six months to keep the program afloat financially, things aren’t looking good.
In fact, National Review Online’s Yuval Levin reports that he’s been speaking off the record to several highly-placed insurance executives and top bureaucrats at the CMS, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Levin says he can best describe the mood of the health care bureaucrats as “a kind of restrained panic.” As for the insurance executive, they’re much less restrained. They are very openly worried. They’re concerned that if the websites don’t start working a lot better very quickly, or if people sign up, see their insurance bills and get sticker shock, then by late fall, the Obama administration might be looking at what they call several “unthinkable options.” Those might include restarting the whole exchange system from scratch, or asking Congress to delay the program a year. House Republicans might not be inclined to go along with that, considering Obama just finished implying they were terrorists who wanted to shut down the government because they thought Obamacare should be delayed a year.
The House is already ticked off that they were repeatedly assured by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius not to worry, the websites were ready to launch. A House investigating committee invited her to come in this week and explain. The Secretary politely declined, claiming she was too busy, although she had space on her agenda to attend a gala in Boston the night before. Let’s hope that whoever planned the gala in Boston is more organized than the creators of the Obamacare exchange, or else she might be waiting three weeks for a crab puff.