Even the New York Times isn't trying to spin the Healthcare.gov disaster
NYT: 5 Million lines of ACA website code need to be rewritten - signup chaos masking bigger issues
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On TV, you have MSNBC. In print, there’s the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. Like the President’s favorite TV network, these two papers can be counted on to regurgitate - with an almost religious fervor - whatever pabulum the administration dictates. They’re slavish to the ideals of the “progressive” left and will shill for Barack Obama whenever they get the chance.
...so this has to sting.
According to the Grey Lady, the administration has so badly bungled the Obamacare launch that 5 million lines of code will now need to be re-written. This process could take weeks or months and, even when completed, may simply expose more flaws. If the paper’s sources are correct, the site will have little chance of being functional by the signup deadline.
Federal contractors have identified most of the main problems crippling President Obama’s online health insurance marketplace, but the administration has been slow to issue orders for fixing those flaws, and some contractors worry that the system may be weeks away from operating smoothly, people close to the project say.
Administration officials approached the contractors last week to see if they could perform the necessary repairs and reboot the system by Nov. 1. However, that goal struck many contractors as unrealistic, at least for major components of the system. Some specialists working on the project said the online system required such extensive repairs that it might not operate smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline for people to sign up for coverage starting in January, although that view is not universally shared.
In other words, just about everyone thinks this is going to be a long, drawn out process that takes weeks - or months. Sure, they found a few dissenters who apparently think there’s some kind of quick fix possible, but that sounds and awful lot like wishful thinking. In liberal-land “not universally shared” usually means “we’ve managed to find a few people still towing the company line.”
The story goes on to claim that the signup issues may just be the tip of the iceberg.
In interviews, experts said the technological problems of the site went far beyond the roadblocks to creating accounts that continue to prevent legions of users from even registering. Indeed, several said, the login problems, though vexing to consumers, may be the easiest to solve. One specialist said that as many as five million lines of software code may need to be rewritten before the Web site runs properly.
“The account creation and registration problems are masking the problems that will happen later,” said one person involved in the repair effort.
The sad thing is that this person is still talking about tech issues. The real problems are going to arise when people start learning the exorbitant health care costs that the Obama administration is desperately trying to portray as “affordable.”
Today, Obama will appear in the White House Rose Garden where he’s expected to offer some sort of mea culpa. A direct admission of failure isn’t his style, so you should expect him to employ his standard M.O of offering deflection, redirection, and empty promises. He’ll also be announcing a “surge” that will have the “best and brightest” from the tech world working overtime to fix his mess.
As yet, he’s failed to answer why, exactly, the “best and brightest” weren’t brought in to set up the system in the first place.