Expensive Obamacare Website Crashed Purposely, To Hide Expensive Obamacare Plans

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Conservative estimates of the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on President Barack Obama’s glitch-ridden healthcare exchange website place its cost somewhere in the range of $500 million.

According to figures from the Government Accountability Office, nearly $394 million from fiscal year 2010 through March 2013 was spent on contracts to build the “federally facilitated exchanges.” An estimated additional $150 million has been spent on administrative costs associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

By comparison, here’s what similar investments have garnered in the private tech industry in the United States, according to an assessment by Digital Trends:

  • After receiving an initial round of investment in June 2004, Facebook grew and improved until 2010 without spending $500 million.
  • Twitter operated with $360.17 million in funding from 2006 until 2011, when it received an additional $400 million in funding.
  • Before being bought by Facebook for $1 billion, the wildly popular photo sharing company Instagram operated with just $57.5 million in funding from 2010 to 2012.
  • Linkedin, the preferred social network of business professionals, has raised only $200 million in funding.

Facebook has more than 1 billion active users. Twitter handles more than 340 million tweets each day. On any given day, more than 7.3 million people might be active on Instagram. And Linkedin is helping more than 225 million professionals throughout the world network at the moment.

Obama’s online health insurance exchange, after being online for just more than two weeks, is falling apart. And while it may seem natural for glitches to be part of the initial rollout process, reports indicate that the Obamacare website is rife with problems that are much more serious than a few lines of errant computer code.

On Monday, The New York Times reported that up to 5 million lines of coding could need to be rewritten in order to improve the Obamacare enrollment system to the point that users can actually make it through the enrollment process. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said over the weekend it was bringing in “some of the best and brightest” to fix the website. But the job may not be finished in time for uninsured Americans to sign up for health insurance in time to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate.

“Administration officials approached the contractors last week to see if they could perform the necessary repairs and reboot the system by Nov. 1,” the Times report said. “However, that goal struck many contractors as unrealistic, at least for major components of the system.

“Some specialists working on the project said the online system required such extensive repairs that it might not operate smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline for people to sign up for coverage starting in January, although that view is not universally shared.”

Even once the surface problems are repaired, one expert told the Times, other malfunctions are certain to become apparent.

The President assured Americans in a speech from the White House Rose Garden on Monday: “Nobody’s madder than me about the fact that the website isn’t working as well as it should, which means it’s going to get fixed.”

Flocked by what the White House described as a group of people who “have either benefited from the health care law already or are helping consumers learn about what the law means for them and how they can get covered,” Obama went on the say that the website failures are not representative of the Affordable Care Act’s overall effect.

“The essence of the law, the health insurance that’s available to people, is working just fine,” Obama said.

But, some observers believe that the President is lying.

Writing for Forbes, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Avik Roy, posited earlier in the month that part of the reason the healthcare exchange website is so dysfunctional is related to a lack of transparency over the massive healthcare cost increases that accompany Obamacare.

Roy wrote: “Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.”

Later in the article he continued: “A Manhattan Institute analysis I helped conduct found that, on average, the cheapest plan offered in a given state, under Obamacare, will be 99 percent more expensive for men, and 62 percent more expensive for women, than the cheapest plan offered under the old system. And those disparities are even wider for healthy people.

“That raises an obvious question. If 50 million people are uninsured today, mainly because insurance is too expensive, why is it better to make coverage even costlier?”

In short, the White House likely knew that its health insurance exchange websites would crash once opened. It has even been suggested that Administration officials were repeatedly warned by IT experts that the bottleneck created by making Americans sign in and provide mountains of information before getting to see the actual cost of the Obamacare plans would crash the site. But, it seems, the President and his Administration officials made the determination that criticism over a broken website was better than the alternative of not hiding the prices, thereby revealing that, for the average American, the Affordable Care Act is anything but affordable.

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Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • lokiswife

    Two words that show what a screwed up mess the healthcare site is: Ebay and Amazon, who process millions of sales a day without major glitches or telling you to come back later. Why did they have an unknown Canadian company put it together? Silly me, I forgot that the aim of Obamacare was not to provide insurance, but to crash the healthcare system we have so that we will be lining up and begging to get on a one-payer government program. From that standpoint, it is doing very well and the Canadian company is getting wealthy for being the “patsy” in Obamacare’s dastardly plans for us.

    • Donna Kleinfeldt-Rolls

      And Facebook ran for the first six years for less than the cost of this healthscare site with a GLOBAL reach.

  • Lee Berry

    Seeing as the prices are so very much higher than they are being advertised – and very hard to access – and so on (all a bunch of lies – right?), why has no one begun suing Obama and the “quo” for False Advertisement”- just for starters?!

    • Motov

      If they are the media will ignore them, like they do everything that is bad about Obozo.

    • Merle Dickey

      Great idea!!!

  • Motov

    Thus proving Obozo’s “Transparent” form of Government,… “I want to make this perfectly clear” You will go totally broke, and what ever medical condition you suffer with be with you!

    • Nadzieja Batki

      You forgot to add,And you will be in the grave that much sooner but no matter you will see your Creator that much sooner and your death will enrich the mortuary industry. The hospitals will suffer and the medical industry will suffer and the nursing home industry will suffer, etc..

      • Motov

        Thanks for the help!

  • Jim Read

    Being a former businessman, who had a top web site, I have a bit of knowledge about what makes a site crash and move slow. The first thing I learned was you must give something of value before you ask for information. In the private sector asking for information before you give something of value will do one of two things, the person will just leave the site or give false information, if the site is busy at the start the whole site moves slowly because you have too much happening on one of the first pages. Amazon and e-bay were mentioned in the article which are perfect examples, you can go all the way to placing a bid before having to create an account. Obama wouldn’t know that and if he did he would think in his narcissistic mind it is a fluke and would change it any way!

    • Deerinwater

      Good points, jim

  • Deerinwater

    It would seem that any desire for it to fail, some people have “predetermined”. If the produce fails to offer what it been sold as, it will fail without all this hype and help.

    I have “some” faith in the market place, free or otherwise. While I do believe that legislation and regulation is what creates both wealthy and poor people as selective doors of opportunity are both opened and closed , favoring one over another.

    Any changes in existing regulation does affect people. ~ Those persons that see themselves as having the most to “lose” to any change will be the first and loudest to protest change. While those persons having lest to gain will be more demure in their reaction to change and hopeful it might be true.

    That many Americans have enjoyed the benefits of legislation that has created a disparity over the course of the last 40 years ~ this change is most unwelcome. This viewpoint is most understandable. Much like W’s tax cuts that came with a Sun Down clause, ~ any efforts to permit the sun to go down and return to the original taxing levels was viewed on as simply a Tax Increase at the worst possible time. ~ While the tax cuts were sold to the American people as a job creator and economy simulator of which it did neither while the Federal budget dipped into red ink.

    Bottom line, ~ you can expect much more resistance when you attempt to take something away from people than you can offering them something.

    • independent thinker

      The government can only offer something if it first takes that “something” away from others.

      • Merle Dickey

        Hillary Clinton said “We are going to take things away from you for your own good” And some of you want her for president! This is one woman that will not vote for her if she gets the nomination.

        • Deerinwater

          She might well be your next President, it’s available if her wants it. It will be her and Bill’s choice. ~ I hope they decline, ~ I think they serve us and the world best behind the scenes and too, ~ they are getting old, ~ older folks need to enjoy the things they spent a life time working for.. ~ You can’t do that and be a public servant and surly not President.

          I don’t know about your quote, ~ no source. ~ I’ll see what I can find. ~ Hold a sec ~ hmm? It’s been pulled off Utube ~ what the context was , I still don’t know.

          • Bob666

            Yo Deer,
            You-Tube-the vast bastion of knowledge (A/K/A) Propaganda for the nutcase gullible.

            Unless the GOP can put the TEA baggars in their place and find a candidate with broad appeal to those in the middle, They better get use to the term “President Clinton” and first dude Bill.

          • Robert Messmer

            From what I could find that quote is from 2004 when she was addressing a fund raiser in California for Barbara Boxer. It was referring to tax cuts by (who else) President Bush that supposedly helped the wealthy more than the middle class. It was prefaced with a comment to the Democrats that they were well-enough off that the tax cuts probably helped them.

          • Merle Dickey

            Hillary Quotes

      • Deerinwater

        This is certainly true IT, ~ that is what it does via legislation and regulation. The last 40 years of legislation and regulation that many would prefer to continue has done just that! ~ Taken from one and given to another. Citizens that pay Federal taxes whether they are employed or not, have insurance or not has been taken from to assist in paying insurance premiums of the “well employed”

        Now this might have been consider an acceptable trade off at one point and time in our history. Back when Corporations and large companies took pride in their labor force and looked on skilled labor with respect and depended on employee commitment and loyalty. ~ But things have changed much since 1979 here in the US and the world as well. Allow me to list them for your consideration.

        1. The Information Age has replaced the Industrial Age in much the same way the Industrial Age replaced the Agricultural Age. ~ Many jobs and professions have been phased out which displaces labor , resulting in job loss.

        2. Down-sizing, Hostile-takeover & sell off , ~ the taking off “Profits” has resulted in great job loss.

        3. Innovation, robotics has resulted in job loss.

        4. Out-sourcing, NAFTA, and Trade Imbalance has weakened the demand for labor and created job loss.

        5. This labor glut has driven down the value of labor. As labor is subject to the same supply and demand forces as a dozen eggs. Too many eggs and eggs will be devalued.

        6.The ability for business to skirt labor laws to lower labor cost, ~ whether it’s terminating employee’s months before they become vested, ~ or dismissing a well paid employee and hiring two grateful part time employee’s to fill the position, employees who enjoy few benefits and lower pay, ~ and no insurance.

        7. With fewer jobs and less employee’s to enjoy their Federally subsidies health care comes ~ increases in premiums, higher deductibles, less coverage, and more denied claims is only to be expected as they lose in numbers. In a 20 year span of time, we witnessed a 300% increase in medical health care premiums and this increase showed no sign of slowing.

        So there is seven valid reasons that helps explain how we find ourselves where we are at today with an “Employer Based” Health Care System.

        I could think of more, ~ but I really don’t want to attempt to lay this mess at a single door step for the road was long and there were many that aided us to get where we find ourselves today.

        The world has changed, our America has changed, ~ the demands have changed while the need for the most basic health care only grows as America grows in number by a new citizen every 14 seconds.

  • Warrior

    It is just absolutely astounding that 80% of Americans are saying “enough” with this but the ruling class just keeps on ticking!

  • Don 2

    ~More Smoke & Mirrors From Obama~

    At The White House: Obamacare Success Stories That Aren’t

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/at-the-white-house-obamacare-success-stories-that-arent/article/2537478

  • mari

    “My administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in government.” President Obama
    “There will be no whitewash in the White House” or “I am not a crook” Richard Nixon
    “It depends on what the meaning of is, is.” Bill Clinton
    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME WE ELECTED AN HONEST PRESIDENT?

    • Motov

      It hasn’t happened in my lifetime

    • Merle Dickey

      In Nixons defense , what he did was nothing compared to what this creep has done and Nixon was man enough to resign. Obama is trying to deliberately destroy this country. So who does he really work for?

    • Robert Messmer

      Truman?

  • gelliott

    Obviously, the website is severely flawed and must be fixed before any significant sign-ups can occur. I think most everyone agrees with that.
    I feel pretty sure that with enough time and money (ours) the government
    will get the website to function acceptably. Having said that, I don’t think the problems of the ACA will be fixed, and this does go to the administration’s ability to administer/govern. Obama doesn’t have a very good reputation for governing anyway, and this debacle will continue to undercut his credibility in that area. He doesn’t seem to like to get his hands dirty with details, so he campaigns and gives speeches instead.

    Even when the government does get the website fixed, I believe they’re still going to run into a rash of problems implementing this program. For starters, it was “built” on a flawed concept. That is, you can give 30
    million uninsured folks (many of whom are illegal immigrants and young healthy people who chose not to spend their money on health insurance) health insurance at no cost if you can get everyone else to buy insurance at a “small” premium. That part alone is suspect, I think, but it’s the way they’ve gone about it that really will cause the program to fail. The program depends on the young and healthy folks to pay more into it than they currently need for their healthcare in order to pay the additional amounts that the older and unhealthy folks need to pay for their healthcare. In theory this may sound reasonable if 1) the young and healthy weren’t having problems finding good paying jobs, 2) they weren’t already loaded up with debt, 3) many don’t really see the need to pay for health insurance anyway, and 4) we could be confident that the program will be sustainable so that the young/healthy of today will actually get the benefit when they get older and/or unhealthy. In other words, the ACA program is set up much like our other social safety net programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid)
    in that it runs on “cash in, cash out”, no savings or investment. Therefore, it will likely run out of money in time just like those other programs are, calling into question whether the young/healthy of today will ever reap the benefit of their “gift” to the older/unhealthy tomorrow. This is a serious question for young people since the majority really don’t think they’ll
    ever get anything out of the Social Security program even though they are
    paying into it. Why would they be willing to “buy” another idea like this?

    Further, the young seem to be especially distrustful of the government securing their private records (as we recently learned when we found out the NSA was “spying” on us). It’s hard to see how the government thinks they will be able to get large numbers of young people to give them their sensitive information before actually finding out how much their insurance will cost, and other details like the size of the deductions.

    Finally, if people do sign up for this insurance they’re likely to find out that 1) many doctors and healthcare providers will choose to not participate, thereby limiting the participant’s choices, and 2) they will now have to deal with the IRS agent (instead of an insurance agent) when they have questions or problems. Sure, everyone knows that private insurance companies can be a pain, but the IRS can be impossible. They can ruin you financially and otherwise, which is something I haven’t observed a lot from private insurance companies. I’m convinced Obama decided to let the IRS run this program because 1) the ACA is stuffed with lots of additional taxes, and 2) they have the means to “force” compliance like no other federal agency. Like most people, I fear the IRS, so I don’t get a warm feeling that I’m going to enjoy the ACA program.

    I predict the problems we’re seeing with this program right now are going to continue with no end in sight. It’s going to be a “sinkhole” for our money, not provide good service to participants, not reduce our cost for healthcare, limit our choice of healthcare providers, and open up our private sensitive information to computer hackers and thieves. This will be Obama’s
    legacy because he has staked his Presidency on this program. Sadly, it didn’t have to be this way, but he and several of his far-left associates had this program pre-designed before he became President and were determined to implement it without conservative advice or change, and they did. Now they will reap the “rewards” of not vetting the program before the American people so they could get comfortable with it before it was passed, and not compromising with the opposition. Not to worry though, Obama’s fix will be to give another “beautiful” speech and go play another round of golf…………

    • Nadzieja Batki

      You fell for this gambit as well. All eyes are focused on the “flawed” Ocare signup site and all have forgotten that Ocare is a disaster coming upon this nation. Why would anyone in their right mind want the site fixed.

      • gelliott

        Nadzieja, I agree. I don’t think it matters much whether it gets fixed or not. The program is flawed at its core and can’t be fixed without major structural changes which should have come about in the vetting and negotiations process early on. Obama and Pelosi refused to discuss any changes, so here we are.

        • Motov

          That’s what (Obozo’s) Poopsie said, To find out what was in it. It had to pass (through bowels) first.

    • vicki

      “…..if people do sign up for this insurance they’re likely to find
      out that 1) many doctors and healthcare providers will choose to not
      participate, thereby limiting the participant’s choices……”

      Since the government thinks it can force us to buy a product/service (insurance) why do you think that government can’t force healthcare providers to provide a product/service?

      • gelliott

        Vicki,

        I suppose the government could force healthcare providers to provide care to ACA participants. However, I don’t think they are under this law, if I understand it correctly. The government certainly is forcing payments at or below provider costs for many procedures/services, I believe. If the government doesn’t look the other way, like they do with Medicare and Medicaid, and allow providers to “double bill”, I believe many providers will opt out of the system. I’d bet the government will “allow” or even encourage this kind of billing “corruption” rather than force providers to participate in the program. This is the “back door” way of letting providers make enough money so they can afford to participate in the program, without admitting to the public that the program is flawed, and without losing too many providers. Further, the government can force participation, but they can’t force quality of care which is often the kind of failure you find in socialist programs.

        • Nadzieja Batki

          State licensing to practice can be withheld from doctors. This nation is already running short of doctors in certain specialties. Ocare proponents can control the licensing boards in each state. They can also bring in foreign doctors granting them all sorts of perks to practice in the states.

          • Deerinwater

            maybe they all go back to India?

          • Bob666

            Yo Deer,
            Never met a foreign Doctor that would go back home.

      • Robert Messmer

        Well maybe if they stopped travel, retirement, etc. But somehow I think after enough politicians suffered “accidents” while in surgery that the idea that the government can “force” a doctor to provide care would change.

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    Death Care and the Death Care Website was NEVER INTENDED TO WORK….This is just another of the “Little Boy Dictator’s” plans to destroy the economy…peoples lives and the country itself….SO THAT HE AND HIS DICTATORSHIP CAN GAIN FULL AND COMPLETE CONTOL OF EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES…..If you want to see the plan that “Litttle Boy Dictator” and his Regime Thugs and Co-Conspirators are using……STUDY THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF HOW HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY CAME INTO BEING…..

  • Betty Mullins

    woe its’ us ] and god help us all . ]

  • Merle Dickey

    I hope we all realize we must get out and vote!!Don’t sit at home thinking your next door neighbor is going to vote so you don’t have to . Give older folks a ride to the ballot station that don’t have cars, that is the only way we ar going to get rid of the communists that ae running the country. I could cry about what has happened to thji country in the last 40 years. VOTE THEM OUT !!

  • Bob666

    47% Think Neither Political Party Represents the American People

    This Month, Monday, October 14, 2013

    Belief that the Republican Party has a plan for the future has tumbled 20 points since last year, but nearly half of voters still believe neither major political party represents the American people.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 34% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the GOP has a plan for where it wants to take the nation. That’s down from 54% in June 2012 and back to levels seen in earlier surveys.

    Forty-seven percent (47%) think Republicans do not have a plan for the future, while 19% are not sure.

    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on October 12-13, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/october_2013/47_think_neither_political_party_represents_the_american_people

  • Michael Shreve

    Wish I DIDN’T sense truth here.