Three years ago David Cutler, a trusted healthcare advisor to the President’s 2008 campaign told the White House that they were headed for a disaster. Apparently the warning didn’t fit the President’s Hope for Change in healthcare policy. It turns out Cutler was right and the White House was amazingly stupid.
Cutler’s message speaks to every aspect of this administration.
- The people in charge didn’t understand the President’s vision (more on this in a minute).
- The people in charge didn’t have the ability to carry it out.
- Nobody involved had any business experience. None of them, President Obama included, had ever run so much as a lemonade stand.
- Nobody had ever had any involvement in a business start-up.
- Nobody was coordinating regulations, policy, and technology.
The White House did what they understood, they rolled out a political campaign instead of starting a business. Everything was done in secret and pretty much on a need-to-know basis (so much for the most transparent administration in history). They politicized every aspect of the program and the roll out. And, like good government gnomes, they spent about $650 million on it before they found out the easy part of the project – the website – wouldn’t work.
The White House dismissed these and other warnings. It relied on appointed bureaucrats and senior White House health care advisers. Fearful of constant attacks from congressional Republicans, the White House became secretive about the law’s complexity and regulatory reach.
Friends, you haven’t seen anything yet. If you think the website is a disaster, just wait until people start trying to use their new insurance. People on individual plans are already flabbergasted over the sticker shock. It turns out that you not only don’t get to keep the health insurance you like but you’re not likely to have access to either the hospital or the doctor you like either.
Remember, right now we’re only dealing with about 15% or less of the population who either didn’t have health insurance or had private health insurance. Just wait until next year when employer based plans have to conform to ObamaCare. The 85% of Americans who really liked their health plans are going to get thrown into the ObamaCare Sausage Machine and you can expect the fit to really hit the shan.
How bad is government at doing things? Here’s a quick snapshot that makes the point.
The Obama administration had three and half years and $650 million to design a website. It’s not running. When the disaster became apparent, on October 1st, three guys decided they could do a better job. So they sat down and developed a website called Health Sherpa. Now it doesn’t do EVERYTHING the HealthCare.gov website is supposed to – it doesn’t calculate your income base rebate for example – but it does provide you pricing for all plans in your zip code along with a link to the insurance company who provides the plans. The Sherpa was up and running in less than a month. Try it out, nobody asks for your personal information.
Three guys in their jammies did this in a few weeks and, I suspect, for less than a $1,000. I’m guessing Barack & Co should be talking to them right about now.