Deadline Day: Will Obamacare Website Fail Again?
In another test of the administration’s ability to rescue Obamacare, this weekend all eyes turn to the promised improvements in the program’s now infamous website.
It does not look good. Ever since the failure of the website first made headlines, President Obama, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius, and a host of administration apologists have put the spotlight on November 30.
Now we learn that the website may be unable to handle a so-called surge in traffic from anxious consumers. The Spanish language website is not ready. Concerns remain about the site’s security.
Obama may be back on the apology tour early next week. He is on the record saying he is head of the team. He admitted that the administration “fumbled the ball” when the website opened October 1.
He is also on the record saying that improvements to the website will be “marked and noticeable.” He adds that a majority of those who visit the website will be successful.
But he throws in a caveat. He cannot guarantee that everyone will have a perfect experience. The site will continue to need work.
Really? Watch for more bad headlines, more incredible excuses, and more promises. The failure continues.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.