No, Republicans – HealthCare.gov Glitches Do NOT “Prove Obamacare is a Failure”

pres-obama-healthcareThe glitches and wide array of issues that the HealthCare.gov website has experienced since its rollout aren’t acceptable.  It’s been an embarrassment for liberals and an easy tool conservatives have used to point to the “disaster” that is “Obamacare.”

But I’ll give Democrats this — at least they’re owning up to the flaws and calling them out.  Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and President Obama aren’t pretending that these issues don’t exist, nor are they making excuses for them.  They’re not denying reality or trying to say that the problems have been over-exaggerated.

Republicans love to cause a problem and then blame it on someone else (like with the government shutdown).  Meanwhile, Democrats haven’t been afraid to say that these glitches the website has been experiencing are an absolute embarrassment for something we’ve defended for almost four years now.

Does that mean the entire healthcare law is a failure?  Of course not, and anyone who claims it does is only showing exactly how ignorant they are.

I knew going into this marketplace rollout there would be issues.  Did I think that they would be so bad that many Americans can’t even get registered on the website?  No.  But despite what many conservatives will tell you, the issues are slowly getting better.

And let’s not forget, many of the issues are caused by the amount of people trying to sign up for “Obamacare.”  Hardly an indication of failure as much as a failure to properly “stress test” the site to handle the traffic that was destined to swamp its servers.  And that’s exactly what a new report has revealed.  The website was tested to see if it could handle tens of thousands of people trying to look at options and sign up at the same time.  It failed after only a few hundred people logged on — and yet officials didn’t bother fixing anything, instead letting the site go live as is.  The fact of the matter is, every single person in charge of testing for the rollout should be seriously reprimanded or terminated from whatever position they hold.

But that doesn’t mean that the healthcare law itself is a failure.

Am I making an excuse for the issues?  No.  I’m just pointing out a simple fact.  I too had trouble signing up for insurance the first few days.  Then I tried signing up during a slower time for traffic and had no issues getting health insurance.

This attack from the right that the glitches plaguing the website are indicators of the law’s failure is ignorant commentary from simplistic minds.

As President Obama said, “the Affordable Care Act is not just a website.”  And he’s right, it isn’t.  Nor are the problems the website has experienced indicators of the success or failure of this landmark law.

It’s a website that’s experienced problems that are inexcusable.  Something President Obama has owned up to, and many Democrats have acknowledged and condemned.

In the meantime, nearly 500,000 Americans have signed up for insurance, and the website continues to be flooded with many more trying to sign up for coverage in the Marketplace.  That’s on top of the millions of Americans who can no longer be denied health care coverage due to pre-existing conditions, and the millions of young Americans who’ve been allowed to remain on their parents’ insurance.

So if you want to judge “Obamacare” by the glitches the website has experienced during it’s first few weeks, go right ahead.

But as the glitches get worked out, and millions of Americans continue to sign up for insurance through the Marketplace, the success of “Obamacare” will be seen and undeniable.

Then what will Republicans say?

I’m not sure, but I’m sure it won’t have much to do with reality.  After all, the websites glitches are the first factual complaint I’ve heard many Republicans actually make about the law.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • MiMg

    People could ALWAYS enroll 24/7 by the phone line, but also by going IN PERSON to enroll and BY MAIL, so even when the website wasn’t working very well, people had TONS of other options