|From Ed Driscoll|
Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post:
The Obama administration has not created a functioning Web site. Rather, it has erected a Potemkin village online — a façade that temporarily conceals the lack of architecture behind it...
It is somehow appropriate that the administration’s health-care plan, which was sold on the basis of multiple untruths (keep your health-care plan, keep your doctor, bend the cost curve) is now itself a grand deception. The Web site provides the illusion of a working health-care exchange, but while it takes your information, there’s no telling what it will do with it (e.g. lose it, send duplicates, garble it). It’s the embodiment of the administration’s fixation on treating every substantive issue and real screw-up as a ”message” problem. Now White House spokesman Jay Carney can “message” (when a noun is made into a new verb you know something phony is going on) that the Web site is “working.”
The only problem is that it isn’t. Ironically, the president was the one to point it out: Obamacare is more than a Web site. The Web site is a portal. Now that you can enter it, you expect to get the insurance you paid for? Silly you. (Even the Web site part of things is not working as planned. The Post reports: “Federal health officials said they saw an increase in error rates and a slowdown in response times and decided to deploy ‘queueing’ software designed to limit the number of users permitted on the site at one time.”)
The seriousness of the problem should not be underestimated. (“The errors, if not corrected, mean that tens of thousands of consumers are at risk of not having coverage when the insurance goes into effect Jan. 1, because the health plans they picked do not yet have accurate information needed to send them a bill.”) The strategy here is to save the president from further political damage, to buy him a month of slightly less horrible news coverage. It comes at the expense of the people Obamacare ostensibly is supposed to help. (By letting more people in the front door, there will be more people surprised they have no coverage in January, when it may be too late to take corrective action.) Come to think of it, that’s pretty much the way this administration works all the time.
Apparatchiks doing what apparatchiks do.
Of course Obamacare is not quite like the Soviet Potemkin villages-- at least the Russkies would have built a real village, if they could've.
In Obamacare, of course, the Potemkin village is a feature, not a bug. Draws 'em in, so chaos breaks out sooner. Why wait for a crisis, when you can make one yourself.
Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, #10:
"The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition."
In this case, the "opposition" is Americans' healthcare. A healthcare portal to nowhere is very effective pressure on the healthcare system.
Healthcare needs to be broken, so the masters of chaos can remake it in their image.