October 23, 2013
The HealthCare.gov insurance exchange Web site on Oct. 1. Heavy Internet traffic and system problems plagued the launch of the new health insurance exchanges. (Karen Bleier/Getty Images)
Try the phone number. (Karen Bleier/Getty Images)

An interesting byproduct of the disaster of Healthcare.gov, the Obamacare Web site, is that people not being able to sign up or having problems with the Web site means most people aren’t much closer than they were last month to actually knowing what Obamacare is going to do. Whatever it’s going to do, it’s not doing much yet, at least not for very many people. Having a ferociously terrible Web site, in short, is a lot like having Obamacare delayed. Isn’t that nice? Republicans spend three weeks shutting the government down trying and failing to delay Obamacare, and it was already busily delaying itself.

Anyway, Dana Milbank writes that the Web site failure, and our subsequent lack of information about what Obamacare will actually do (as opposed to predictions, which are as they ever were), means that ANYTHING that happens health-care-wise might as well be Obamacare for all the difference it’ll make to the public. For example, PostScript just this morning met a terrible man with pliers who wants her teeth. He further demands almost a thousand bucks from PostScript for stuff like sterile tools and Novocaine and not drawing on her face while she’s asleep. And that’s with insurance, which she has from her excellent employer, for whom she imagined she was saving money by never going to the dentist.

Anyway, PostScript very much would like this to be the fault of Obamacare and to send the bill to President Obama personally. It’s possible that’s how this whole thing will work out! We don’t know!

Anyway, now that we have three paragraphs in a row starting with anyway, shut up, PostScript.

Pkpennington counters Milbank’s assertion that it’s hypocritical for those who want to quash Obamacare to complain it doesn’t work right:

I haven’t sensed that Republicans are furious that technical issues with the website are preventing people from signing up. I think it has more to do with the sheer incompetence demonstrated so far. Actually, I hope it all works out as promised. It was over-promised, but success is better than failure. In the meantime, the excuses (tea party conspiracies, Republican governors, Bush holdovers still squirreled away) make you look desperate.

jralger uses the (spurious, it turns out) anecdotal evidence from Sean Hannity’s show to show Obamacare is actually, if you read to the end of the comment, SAVING THE AMERICAN FAMILY. Because if it were easy for both parents in a family to get full-time jobs, parents could afford to live apart if they wanted to:

Two part time employees [whom a business would not have to cover] are cheaper to a business than one full time employee [who would require employer coverage]. And while this helps with our nation’s unemployment stats, it hurts us more than it helps us. Because you can’t support a family on a part time job. Or sometimes, like in the case of a single parent, you can’t keep the family together. So stay married, people. For the law requires it.

And ericcallenking says ultimately, even an Obamacare failure is a Democrat win, since it is so free-market that it will bring free-market philosophy down with it:

What the Obamacare rollout will probably end up showing is the failure of the free market to make universal care a possibility. This is another blow to the right’s ideology. While they are crowing about the problems a mostly free market system is undergoing, countries around the world have cheaper and mostly better government healthcare.

Who can claim Obamacare’s a failure so far when already it’s already threatened PostScript’s teeth, proved all-encompassing government incompetence, prevented divorce and overturned capitalism itself? Just wait until the Web site starts working.