I am no IT expert. But I do know this: If your computer system is still operating on the COBOL programming language, you're in trouble.And therein lies one of reasons many experts are now saying that the sign-up process for ObamaCare is doomed to fail and will probably have to be delayed.
The Obama people have told the public that the problems in the first week of the web sign-up period were due merely to heavy web traffic caused by the huge popularity of ObamaCare.
The president calls them "glitches," like he would really know.
But other people, not invested in selling themselves, say these are not temporary little problems. They are systematic problems. Both Forbes and the Washington Post are reporting this.
Here's a glimpse from Forbes this morning:
"These kinds of interoperability issues are revealed by where the biggest problem exists right now with the exchanges: It rests with the program that calculates the subsidies that will help reduce the cost of Obamacare to those earning under about $95,000 annually for a family of four.
"These calculations are dependent on the ability to query across the different systems at the IRS, HHS, DHS, and state agencies, among others.
"The Administration started building these systems late, and rushed them online, without perfecting these networks. Working them out now, in real time, is going to take months, and maybe a year.
"All along, the Obama team set a low bar for itself, seeming to take comfort in just getting this program started. They underestimated the cost of a shoddy roll out."
A "shoddy roll out?" Hummm. Sounds more like par for the course for this administration.
The intellectually bankrupt Media Matters
You know you're hitting a nerve with the thuggish liberal elite establishment when Media Matters tries to knock down things you've written not once in a week, but twice.
For the uninitiated, Media Matters is an intellectually bankrupt, partisan organization. It runs around the country spinning half-truths in a quest to rebut opinions they don't like under the outrageous pretense of being some kind of media watchdog.
It is not a media watchdog. It is a one-sided attack dog.
After my most righteous and well-read Sunday column entitled "ObamaCare's Gettysburg Moment" was published, Media Matters responded, saying the 6 percent cut at the Cleveland Clinic, reported by Reuters, and the advent of "Skinny" networks, reported by the New York Times and cited in the column were just "myths" that conservatives try to sell to the American public.
I wish they were myths. But they are not. They are two of the many realities of Obamacare, like the computer woes cited above.
The Cleveland Clinic is cutting 6 percent of its 2014 budget because of Obama's health care "reforms." They announced this. This is not in dispute. And, insurance providers are creating "skinny" networks to keep premiums down at the expense of specialized care, such as that provided by the Cleveland Clinic. This also is not in dispute.
The only myth is the myth that Media Matters cares about the truth.
In a second attack, Media Matters took on my observation that a new ruling means that taxpayers will be paying for abortions.
I said the story had "significant nuances" and that the ruling would be more controversial in the future. Pretty safe predictions.
But, Media Matters, pinned bath towel cape a-flyin', swung into attack mode on even that. Amazing.
If Media Matters says you're doing something wrong, you can bet you're doing something right.
Oh, those Hermes scarf liberals
On the night the federal government shut down, House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi rose in front of the cameras to debate the shutdown.
One problem with the optics, though. While talking stink about the rich, uncaring GOP, Ms. Pelosi wore a $400 Hermes scarf ... and people noticed. CSPAN watchers ridiculed Ms. Pelosi all night long.
And rightly so.
Leaning too far forward?
MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer may have leaned just a bit too far forward to keep her balance (which is common at MSNBC) during a back-and-forth interview with Alabama GOP Congressman Rep. Mo Brooks on economics.
After the exchange, she wrote this on her Facebook page: "Just learned why lawyers are told never to ask a question they don't know the answer to. Me to Rep. Mo Brooks, talking about why he disagrees with well-known economists that we were on the brink of another depression: "Do you have a degree in economics?" Him: "Yes I do. Graduated with honors."
I give Ms. Brewer a point for owning up to her unwise confrontation. But I must disagree with comparing her role as a news person to that of a lawyer.
As members of the media, we almost always have to ask questions we don't know the answer to. That's what we do to flesh out the truth.
In this case, she was just plain argumentative. Instead of snarking-up on her conservative guest to ask "Do you have a degree in economics?" she should have asked "What makes you qualified to disagree with economists who say we were on the brink of a depression?"
But sadly, that's cable teevee news these days.
Feds pigheadedly keep Grand Canyon closed
I love Arizona's Gov. Jan Brewer. Because of the federal shutdown (which I am writing about on Sunday, so please tune in) Gov. Brewer's tourism department has been sending out notices via social media reminding travelers that state parks are still open. Visit them. Enjoy.
Now, Gov. Brewer has told the federal government that she will use state money to open the Grand Canyon. But the federales have pigheadedly said, no, no and NO!