If you want to know how successful a government program is, there are three things you could consider: the theory behind the program, how the administration implements it, and what the program actually accomplishes in the real world.
Much has been written about the problems with the rationale behind Obamacare and it is impossible to know, right now, what the full effects of the law are going to be. Instead, I’m going to focus on how the Obama administration has rolled out their signature accomplishment. Spoiler alert, they’ve done a terrible job.
The way that most people have tried to sign up for Obamacare has been through the website, www.Healthcare.gov. This $94 million project has been a virtual disaster. Even the New York Times has had to acknowledge the site’s shortcomings. This begs the question: if the Obama administration can’t even keep something as basic as the website working properly, then how can we expect them to manage the entire health care system?
One of the major reasons for the delays, crashes, and other problems with the website stem from the fact that people trying to sign up must submit an enormous amount of personal information before they can even look at their insurance options. Imagine how bad the lines would be at McDonald’s if they asked for your name, address, social security number, etc. before they even let you in the door. Now imagine 15 million people trying to do this all at once and you’ve got a pretty good idea of why only about 51,000 people were able to enroll in the first week.
To top it all off, even when you do get through to see your premiums, the website only shows you the subsidized price. You don’t get to see how much of your tab Uncle Sam will pick up until after you’ve bought the insurance.
The fact that the White House is trying to obfuscate the real price of insurance premiums under Obamacare suggests that they don’t want the American people to find out how much the law will truly cost us. So much for “the most transparent administration in history.”