Just when we thought we knew the depths to which the ObamaCare information technology boondoggle sank, CNBC reported yesterday that the backend system that was intended to pay for the health insurance policies for which users who were able to use the system were signing up has yet to be built, as revealed by a Health and Human Services official in Congressional testimony.
So even if you are among the lucky few who managed to utilize the system to enroll in an insurance plan, the government, as of yet, cannot make payments toward the policy on your behalf. Do they call that a “vapor subsidy?” It seems to have vanished into thin air.
Even though I have opposed ObamaCare from the start, I am surprised that what has been dubbed as Obama’s “signature” political accomplishment has had very little follow-though beyond the Congressional vote and subsequent court battles.
There is now plenty of room to wonder if the motivation for ramming the legislation through wasn’t about health care, but rather more or less the idea of politically shoving things on people that they don’t want, like an overwhelming need to stir up a hornet’s nest with a stick. If this really were about healthcare and doing what one thinks is the right thing for the public, it surely would have turned out differently considering that the money has always been there for it.
If ever I had doubt that the Obama Administration is anything other than “gangster government,” that doubt has also evaporated into thin air. The “empty suit” rhetoric of Obama’s opponents seems entirely fitting to the circumstances – and quite an expensive one at that.
And the expense doesn’t just involve the wasted money on health care IT, either. The entire issue of ObamaCare has been at the center of the political trench-digging that has impacted the outcome of nearly everything government does since 2011, with all of it being met by extreme obstinacy by the Administration and not so much as an olive branch being offered, allowing it to become a critical mass in budget and debt ceiling debates.
Of course, now ObamaCare is such a mess that there is no choice. It cannot be fixed without Congress.