Obamacare is imploding. Yet, for liberals, all is not lost; the site just has to clear several hurdles before any semblance of functionality can be seen. As Jim Geraghty of National Review wrote yesterday, fixing the website is the easiest of the tasks laid before the Obama administration.
Here are the seven things required, according to Geraghty.
1: "The site has to work. Believe it or not, this is the easiest one."
2: "People have to decide to log in, overcoming A) people's disinterest in thinking about health insurance any more than they have to and B) people's natural tendency to procrastinate."
3: "They have to not be overwhelmed or repelled by sticker shock. This is the big one, and there are already very ominous indicators for the administration."
4. "The site has to accurately calculate whether the applicant qualifies for Medicaid or any federal subsidies."
5. "The data that gets sent to the insurance companies has to be accurate."
6. "Enough people who do choose to buy have to be young and healthy."
7. "There have to be no major security breaches during this time, or else people will refuse to use the site."
The first two are a no brainer. The sticker shock stories are only amplified by the fact that liberal bloggers, like the ones at the Daily Kos, are also stupefied over the new health care law's perverse ability to light one's wallet on fire.
Last September, "Tirge Caps" at Kos wrote:
"My wife and I just got our updates from Kaiser telling us what our 2014 rates will be. Her monthly has been $168 this year, mine $150. We have a high deductible. We are generally healthy people who don't go to the doctor often. I barely ever go. The insurance is in case of a major catastrophe. Well, now, because of Obamacare, my wife's rate is going to $302 per month and mine is jumping to $284."
"I don't know what to think now. This appears, in my experience, to not be a reform for the people."
Well, we could've told you four years ago, Tirge; when everyone with an IQ over 75 knew this law would do nothing to curb costs.
Yes, it's dubious if young people will sign up, but the data part of Geraghty's piece is probably the biggest obstacle. Does this administration truly think nothing gets hacked anymore?
While the government said that the data hub was ready last September, Forbes reported a month prior that the privacy protections were "way behind schedule." This is from HHS Inspector General. It also doesn't help that the hub itself crashed over the weekend, or that the software used to calculate the subsidies are inaccurate.
The reasons are growing ever more to start fresh with health care reform, but that's contingent on liberals acknowledging their philosophy is wrong.