You know the rollout of Obamacare’s online health insurance exchanges is bad when some liberal pundits have been thankful for the government shutdown, if only because it’s a distraction from the train wreck that is National Journal’s Ron Fournier calls it “maddening” that the badly broken website is eroding people’s faith in the Affordable Care Act.

Another way of looking at it: isn’t the disastrous rollout a good indicator of what’s to come? Did anyone expect a train wreck to come with a smoothly run website?

Heads really ought to roll, though. President Obama doesn’t hesitate to remind us that Obamacare has been the law for three years now — isn’t that enough time for anyone (but the government) to put together a secure, working e-commerce website?

Here’s an idea we’ve heard before that makes a lot of sense.

Or delay it all, forever?

  • andyt23

    “As one who believes in active, efficient Govt, it’s maddening that ACA rollout adds to public’s declining faith. Inexcusable. Roll heads.” I AGREE. Start with Obama.

    • WhoMeToo


      • ParasiteHunter

        Exactly!!!!! Cut them the f&$k off!!!!

    • snowleopard (the true one)

      Clean house from top to bottom.

    • Jon

      Remember, Fournier still believes in ObamaCare. He just doesn’t believe in the website.

      All he wants it for heads to roll among a bunch of unknown computer programmers and their supervisors. He’d still absolve Obama from any of the blame, and would still pundit to the death in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

  • FIRE THEM ALL- 2014

    This is possibly the worst thing I have ever seen the Democrat party push on the citizens since 1960’s when Johnson presented the “new deal” which led our country into a welfare state, with fathers leaving the home in favor of a government sugar daddy for mom and kids.

    When will the liberals learn their policies suck big time and there isn’t enough money in the entire world to pay for them? This is a disaster from start to finish, never mind the roll out, think of the identity theft and misery trying to find 10K to pay for forced insurance for your family that you just don’t have to pay.

    • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

      LBJ’s Ponzi scheme was “The Great Society.” He also started the “War on Poverty” for which we have no exit strategy. You are correct in it’s detrimental effects on our country.

      This scheme is designed to collapse private insurance and get everyone on the government database. The no info voters who put this ShamWow into office twice have sold our liberty out from under us.

      Liberals will never learn. Half of them are ignorant of human nature and think their ideas will work. The other half just want to control people and force their “good policies” upon them.

      • Clayton Grant

        The Great Society and the War on Poverty were meant to be a 200 year plan.
        “I’ll have those n*** voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” -LBJ

        • Clete Torres ✓ᵈⁱˢᵍʳᵒⁿⁱᶠⁱᵉᵈ

          And it worked.

          • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

            It is starting to change, that is why the dems need our swarthy latin neighbors.

      • The Penguin

        And it will collapse. And when it does that “single payer”(Government being the single payer) system BO is pushing for will be just the thing to save us, won’t it?

      • Swagner

        It’s easy to get all the welfare plans over the years confused. FDR = LBJ = BHO = “welfare is an easy sell until the bills show up”.

        • TugboatPhil ✓Mate

          They believe that spending someone else’s money is compassion.

          • Clete Torres ✓ᵈⁱˢᵍʳᵒⁿⁱᶠⁱᵉᵈ

            “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

            -The Right Honourable The Baroness Margaret Thatcher
            LG OM PC FRS

      • YouGoGirl

        I think you got the ratio exactly right . Do the first half ever wise up ?

      • ParasiteHunter

        And 100% of them are just plain stupid.

    • trixiewoobeans

      I learned years ago. As a Democrat, I had to look around me and say, “This isn’t working. All these feel-good, supposedly helpful policies that looked and sounded great, aren’t working. They don’t factor in human nature, accountability or personal responsibility. They’re destroying families, schools, hearts and minds. They’re making things much, much worse and I’ve got to face it.” Then of course, the rest of my Liberal Democrat ideology house-of-cards fell, but I’m grateful I was able to make the connections. There’s no shame in being wrong, but there IS shame in being willfully ignorant, then refusing to admit you’re wrong to save face, which is one of THE biggest problems in LibLand today.

  • BoscoBolt

    So, Fournier is calling for obama to be beheaded?

    I have a feeling that obama’s jack-booted stormtroopers are going to be paying Mr. Fournier a late-night visit.

  • E L Frederick

    Unfortunately this is on par for the government. The people “who know what they are doing” give the “government person in charge”, who usually has no clue, some suggestions. The “government person” then takes the suggestions, wads then up, and throws them into the wastebasket. They then do whatever they wanted to do in the first place even if the people “who knew what they were doing” suggested against it.

    Many times the “people who know what they are doing” are forced to do stupid things by the know nothings in charge, because they want their contracts renewed.

    Obamacare isnt the exception to the rule, it is the rule.

    • Spinmamma

      Yeah. Once, long ago, our government agency was removed from our facilities (the new efficiency plan for use of space) and the powers that be decided it would be more cost effective to purchase and renovate an old building rather than build new. The person hired to set up the computer system (extensive) was not even invited to some of the meetings with the architect, and then with the contractors. You can imagine the problems resulting from having the know nothings in charge telling the architect and contractor what was needed rather than the person who knew what he was doing. It was my first encounter with that level of stupidity in government. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose. (sorry, don’t know how to add the cedilla)

  • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

    I believe in staid, efficient government with strictly limited powers. Can I still join?

  • ObamaFail

    You’d think the Dems would see the first week of Obamacare being a good reason to at least agree to delay Obamacare for a year. Because Obamacare will have been active for 10 months by election time next year, and you’d think the Dems would want it delayed to keep themselves from shooting themselves in the foot.

    • E L Frederick

      Never stop the enemy from shooting himself in the foot.

      • ObamaFail

        Oh, I know. I’m actually thrilled the Dems are sticking to their guns on Obamacare after it’s proven to be a mess and it’s only in the enrollment phase. It means that they are making winning re-election near impossible next year, because people are going to flip the first time they’re turned away from a doctor. You’d just think they’d be smart enough to let it happen after the elections. Heck, that’s probably why the Dems are suddenly so pro-amnesty and why they are making that a big issue again. They’re relying on the illegals to make up for the votes they are sure to lose because of Obamacare.

        • actionsspeaklouder


  • Maypo

    Any of the zillion or so IT professionals in DC metro knew this was coming. Trying to develop sophisticated systems in a Government environment is much, much, much more difficult than in Corporate America. Decisions around the build are often irrational — driven by political players and agendas — rather than operational effectiveness and efficiency. Procurement rules, Fed oversight, etc — a giant nightmare that usually leads to disaster.

  • schveiguy

    Shorter Fournier: I’m pissed that what I believe isn’t true. So, hissy fit.

  • John Howard

    But you can’t erode a faith that was never there.

  • ceemack

    To believe in “active, efficient government” is pretty much like believing in chaste, virtuous hookers.

  • John Howard

    How about we have a continuing resolution every year to delay Obamacare for another year.
    It’s a plan that’s worked SO-O-O-O well for the country’s budgeting process.

  • Jack Deth

    Pssssst…. It hasn’t worked to start with.

    It continues to not work well and people are leery of enrollment.

    It won’t work at all if everyone just says, “No!”.

    Get the picture?

  • AdamsParachute

    It’s just a glitch

    • TocksNedlog

      And all of us have stepped in it.

  • TocksNedlog

    “Roll heads”
    — Start at the top!

  • Gallatin

    “As one who believes in active, efficient Govt, it’s maddening that ACA
    rollout adds to public’s declining faith. Inexcusable. Roll heads.”

    Please name one efficient government program.

  • MNWoman


    How’s this for a theory — the more government tries to do, the less it does well, adding to the public’s declining faith.

    This sums it up quite well.

  • tjp77

    Yeah, when I think of efficiency and competence, I always think of government. I mean, the IRS, the DMV, the TSA, the USPS… all super-efficient paragons of competence. I’m so glad the same people will now be running my healthcare.

  • Acethepug

    Odd, Obama has never been shy about throwing ANYONE under the bus … I wonder who the contractor(s) in question might be? Relatives of big donors?

  • alanstorm

    “As one who believes in active, efficient Govt”

    So Ron is a fool. Need we read any further?

  • MNWoman

    I don’t know if anyone read the RedState article about several Californians who were shocked when they got letters from their insurance companies telling them their premiums were increasing. They finally figured out who, exactly, was going to be paying for Obmacare.

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    I posted a vendor name on 10/02/13 09:50 PM. I’m pretty sure It’s Blen Corp.

    3 months ago, they posted the web site api code on the open source site Github:

    First, on this account:

    Shortly thereafter, it appeared under the offical account

    Blencorp seems to get a lot of juicy gov’t contracts, no?

    Looks of all their sites is the same.

    Also: Blencorp’s social media account and blog were very active up until just a month they are quiet.

    They launched a few days after the stoppage to help their ‘friends’. They even linked Mayor Rahm saying ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste.’

    There could be more, but if would be odd to have more than one company taking the lead. I would expect them to have contracted Experian for ID validation…but anway..

  • Herman LaClair

    Barack Hussein Obama—The Blame-Thrower!

    • $59154503

      Okay! – that a quotable for sure

  • bluemount

    No heads rolling with IRS, Fast and Furious, Bhengazi, NSA, etc. Get in line, Ron!

  • $59154503

    Once you get into ACA website, it’s hard to get out
    Once you finally make it into, it’s not clear how you get out.

    For those who’ve busted through glitches on the federal Obamacare insurance website to create an account, there’s no clear, obvious way for consumers to delete the accounts if they choose — at least not in the current incarnation.

    Obama administration officials declined to discuss specifics of any delete policy but a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman did address privacy. “We take privacy concerns very seriously and have put in place measures to protect consumers’ personal information,” said HHS spokeswoman Joanne Peters. “We have a long track record of working with sensitive information in programs like Medicare and Medicaid.”

    It’s early in the morning so I thought I’d throw in that line at the end so everyone can have good laugh to start the day.

  • Suzyqpie

    This points to one of the biggest problems in the 0bama admin, failure has no penalty. Which creates a situation where failure proliferates.

  • DutyFirst

    A CEO who oversaw a disastrous release like this would be sacked by the board and if not, his ouster would be sought by the shareholders. The Board themselves should also come under pressure from the shareholders. The American people are the shareholders here but unfortunately, the only recourse they have under the Constitution are the next two ballots (Nov 14 and Nov 16) at which time they should deal with the Board (Congress) and the CEO (Obama). It needs to happen, big time.

    • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

      I see a spate of generous bonuses in the near future for all members of the team on their grand success.

      • DutyFirst

        With a shed load of promotions to boot. However, the optimist in me is looking forward to Nov 14. I really think that this ‘stinker’ and all the unbelievable crap that has occurred with the shutdown is gonna come back big time and bite them all on their collective arses. The disrespect shown to the military (serving and the veterans) is just so disgusting. I think that they made a big error with the memorials especially the Vietnam Memorial Wall – they do realize that these guys didn’t go quietly into the night when they got home or since and they sure as hell won’t now. A lot of these guys now are the truck drivers and motorbike riders that will rally against them and bring with them legions of others …. serious miscalculation.

  • John Taznar

    Heads CAN’T roll.

    Is Obama going to fire the only people who have a snowball’s chance of getting this to work? He fires them, its back to Square 1.

    Like when the Jurassic Park owner threatens to fire the programmer… the only person who knows the code and even has a remote possibility of fixing it.

    We’re screwed! The Obamcarasaurus is loose!

  • walterc

    These are the same people that ran the Mustang Ranch into bankruptcy. If you can’t sell hookers and booze successfully, how can you expect to sell health care? Or anything else for that matter. Hookers and booze pretty much sell themselves and yet these idiots couldn’t pull it off.

  • j p✓ʳᵉᶠʳᶦᵉᵈ

    “San Francisco hospital officials conclude woman found dead in stairwell was missing patient”
    I foresee headlines similar to this one becoming more common in the near future.

  • megapotamus

    That’s the funniest Shiite I’ve read all day.

  • GulfPundit

    Acitve, efficient Gov’t. That’s like saying you believe in tasty crap sandwiches.