Yes, the website HealthCare.Gov doesn't work. President Obama finally admitted it. But, he said, he's going to fix it by putting his "best and brightest" on it right now and it will be up and running in fine fashion by Nov 30. (Where the "best and brightest" were before is anybody's guess.)
In the meanwhile, he said, there are good alternatives to the website. You can sign up in person or by phone. Only takes 25 minutes or so. That's what he said.
Oops. The president just got caught in another 'mistatement'. ABC is now reporting this:
"A series of internal Obama administration memos obtained exclusively by ABC News reveal for the first time how dysfunction with HealthCare.gov has upended the entire Affordable Care Act enrollment process, including applications by paper and phone that officials have been pushing as more reliable alternatives.
"While President Obama and other top aides have publicly reassured frustrated consumers that they can bypass the troubled website and apply by phone in as little as 25 minutes, those working most closely with the rollout acknowledged privately that even the nonelectronic avenues would be no more efficient or guaranteed, the documents show.
“'The same portal is used to determine eligibility no matter how the application is submitted (paper, online),' reads a Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight memo from Oct. 11.
“'The paper applications allow people to feel like they are moving forward in the process and provides another option,' it says. 'At the end of the day, we are all stuck in the same queue.'”
As I said in Sunday's column, and we will no doubt learn over and over again, the Obama Administration has lost all credibility in its rollout of ObamaCare.
And this is just the sign-up period. The rollout should be the easy part.
As we get deep into the unintended consequences of this disruptive and ill-advised wealth transfer, we're going to find out that we've taken the best health care system in the world and made it substandard for all. Bet me.