Well, I guess Boehner could say he technically wasn’t “lying” when he said he waited for “a few hours” for a response from the Affordable Care Act help desk.
See, what apparently happened is after Boehner did experience problems signing up for health insurance on Healthcare.gov, he phoned the help desk to get some assistance. After only a few minutes a representative apparently called back — yet, according to Scott MacFarlane of NBC Washington, the representative was placed on hold for 35 minutes before eventually hanging up.
But if you look at Boehner’s account of the story, he makes it out to seem like he tried to sign up, was repeatedly unsuccessful, called the help desk then waited hours for them to return his phone call to offer any help. Which conveniently leaves out the full truth behind what happened. Had Boehner’s office not placed the representative from the help desk on hold for over a half an hour, his experience would have been completed much quicker.
Now, am I saying he didn’t have issues signing up? Not at all. Being that President Obama and representatives for the website have said it would take until the end of November before most of the issues were worked out, he shouldn’t be shocked if he experienced a few issues.
Was he trying to “break” the news that the Healthcare.gov website is still having some issues? I’m pretty sure that’s been the headline for the last few weeks. In fact, his attempt to sign up before the end of the month (when most of the issues with the website are supposed to be fixed) shows that he’s trying to capitalize on the already known issues for the sake of promoting cheap right-wing propaganda.
His attempt here is nothing more than a publicity stunt aimed at trying to exaggerate the real problems “Obamacare” has experienced since its rollout. I’m sure when he did this, he also picked a peak time for traffic during a busy day.
I’m not saying that excuses the issues the website has had, but like I’ve said before, those issues have already been well documented and are being addressed.
But I’m sure when Boehner decided to sign up for health insurance he picked the date and time where error messages would be far more likely. Then, once he gave in and called the help desk, he failed to mention that he received a quick response — only to have that help desk representative put on hold by his office for 35 minutes.
So what have we learned? Boehner had a few (expected) issues with the website, called the help desk and received a quick response which only turned into a longer wait because his own office left that person on hold. And after all of that, Speaker Boehner was still able to successfully sign up for the Affordable Care Act within a few hours of his first attempt. Doesn’t make for such a “sexy” story for the far right when you lay it out with all of the facts, does it?