Set aside for a moment all the tales you’ve heard about people trying to sign up (or just lurking) at the Obamacare website. Most of us have realized the government spent many millions to hire a company to build the PPACA/Obamacare website that isn’t up to par by a long shot.
Web legend John McAfee put the company the feds hired into perspective for the job they did not bid during an interview with Fox News.
“The company used Indian programmers—in India—to code using Java Script. On the user’s computer…Just bizarre.”
It was of course cheaper to hire labor in India, but it is very troubling that Democrats permitted that job to be farmed out to benefit foreign workers.
McAfee also pointed out security flaws in the website, and those flaws are in addition to the scammers who will build fake websites just to get personal information. He said the hacker aspect was only one of the problems in “an error ridden system.”
The founder of McAfee virus programs said the administration “rushed this thing into production.” He also said the “architecture [of the website] is outrageous,” and that it’s “designed improperly.”
Other tech types have also complained about the website failures, one reason perhaps for the delay in the employer mandate. President Barack Obama apparently didn’t mind negotiating with large employers on that delay. Obama has also negotiated with labor unions, delaying the so-called ‘Cadillac tax’ on generous health plans for years. In fact, the president basically rewrote parts of the law Congress passed.
No delay has been granted to individuals, though. You’re still on the hook for signup and you’ll pay a penalty now called a “tax” if you don’t.
Meanwhile, as for security, bear in mind McAfee said that on the government website, there are “no safeguards.”
Obamacare was pushed through via a side door budget reconciliation when Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was speaker and Democrats had absolute control of the federal government. Even Pelosi can’t remember promises Dems made about Obamacare, like telling Americans, “Everybody will have lower rates.” Pelosi now denies saying what she actually said, and the current House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) created a video to remind the public about it.
Democrats’ healthcare bill will morph into a nightmare for everyday Americans and a plague on the Democrat brand.
Safeguards are lacking. The website is a veritable “Glitch-mo” as one poster on Twitter said. And we’re just getting started.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 15, 2013)