After Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, the federal government took the responsibility of setting up online exchanges for residents in 36 states. Although the federal government's health care exchange website has been up since October 1st, many residents are having problems in signing up for health care plans due to website errors.
The Obama administration has blamed the initial errors due to the overwhelming response by the public that overloaded the servers.
As someone who has been running a website since 2003, this childish explanation does not fly.
According to reporting done by Reuters, the health care exchange website's original budget was $93.7 million. Given that a cost of setting up a small data center is a minimum of $1 million (Ball park estimation), there should not be a shortage of money if the people in charge of the project did not mess up.
Now, the total current cost of the health care exchange website is reported to be $292 million, and the website is still not fixed. Due to the current conditions of the website, only 476,000 applications are filed (NOT processed) by the website.
Ignoring the fact that a Canadian (not American) company is running our national health care exchange website, why does setting up a website ever have to cost $292 million is beyond comprehension. Given our recent national debate on controlling national spending, the increasing cost of the national health care website is a prime example of wasting our national tax resources.
If the administration does not fix the website immediately and provide a truthful explanation behind the scenes, then the Affordable Care Act might fail due to the incompetence of a Canadian company.
Tonight, the United States has narrowly avoided a potential, man-made catastrophe driven by certain ideological politicians, whom have put no thought into their "political strategy.
Frankly, the tea-party politicians in Congress thought it was appropriate to risk the financial system of not only of the US but also the world for the sake of repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act. The funny thing is, the legislative branch that they are currently in passed the "Obama Care" legislation fairly in accordance to the parliamentary procedures set by Congress itself.
Threatening the financial stability by playing around with the debt ceiling crisis is not excusable. Regardless of the ideology driving the tea-party politicians, the potential consequence of their political strategy would have damaged the Capitalist system that billions around the world are dependant on.
While we have averted a crisis, the tea-party politicians have shown that they would dismantle the imperfect Affordable Care Act by threatening to take down one of the pillars of Free-Market Capitalism. Fact is, the world not only made fun of the United States for this idiotic political situation but also expressed worry on the impact on the world's economy, including China.
The names of those obstructionist politicians will be remembered.
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