President Obama sure thought it would be an effective website. In fact, he likened the experience to purchasing airline tickets on Kayak, or perhaps a new television on Amazon. After all, those are fairly effective sites.
Here is the President on October 1st, the first day that Healthcare.gov was rolled out for the public:
“[S]tarting today, you and your friends and your family and your coworkers can get covered, too. Just visit healthcare.gov, and there you can compare insurance plans, side by side, the same way you’d shop for a plane ticket on Kayak or a TV on Amazon.
“You enter some basic information, you’ll be presented with a list of quality, affordable plans that are available in your area, with clear descriptions of what each plan covers, and what it will cost. You’ll find more choices, more competition, and in many cases, lower prices — most uninsured Americans will find that they can get covered for $100 or less.”
In other words, it would be effective.
Fast forward to today, where White House propagandist Jay Carney seismically shifts the goal posts by saying, ‘Effective website? We don’t need no stinking effective website.’
Via CNS News:
Yes, the launch of healthcare.gov was “unsuccessful,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Monday. But that’s beside the point, he suggested:
“I think the heart of the matter is, was the launch of the website unsuccessful? The answer is yes. Was it absolutely our responsibility to take every measure necessary to make the fixes we could make so that that website functioned more effectively for the Americans who want — they don’t want an effective website. They want health insurance. They want affordable, quality coverage. And that’s what we’re working to achieve.”
First, one major aspect of getting that health insurance is through the website.
Second, Americans are getting neither an effective site nor “affordable, quality coverage.” In fact, over 5 million Americans have already lost their coverage, with an estimated 80 million expected to lose it still.
Not only are we not getting an effective website, or effective health care coverage, we’re also being woefully short-changed on an effective government.