Using the combined powers of New York government and White House administrative acumen, Obamacare in the Empire State has seen a staggering success rate of zero percent.
Of course, seeing this message the first few days after the site was fired up probably didn’t help any:
That’s not to say people aren’t trying to register, it’s just that New York apparently doesn’t trust its own registration data to pass it along to the feds.
President Obama will speak Monday to acknowledge a new potential political disaster — the glitch-laden federal health care exchanges.
Administration officials have no time to waste as they race to find a prescription to heal the sickly exchanges while Republicans, battered by the government shutdown debacle, quickly gear up to tout troubles with the Obamacare rollout. […]
“There’s no one more frustrated than the President at the difficulty in the website,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
In New York, one of only 16 states that has its own exchange, not one person had succeeded in using the site to enroll in a plan as of Friday.
Donna Frescatore, director of the New York State of Health marketplace, said Friday that 134,000 people had registered and shopped on the state’s online health care site since its Oct. 1 launch, and thousands signed up to enroll in a plan.
Of course, that figure of 134,000 people is vastly lower than the 2 million that were originally reported to have visited the New York site.
The same people who designed these exchanges and their corresponding websites are now in charge of your personal medical information. And they’ve designed systems that do not work when overwhelmed with traffic, and are susceptible to hacking.
Comforting, isn’t it?