As a matter of performance, of course, he’s exactly right. No private company which debuts something this disastrous to the public would keep the people responsible on the payroll, and the fish rots from the head down. Department heads almost always roll when there’s a New Coke or an Edsel or a Windows 8, and none of those were as disastrous and comically dysfunctional as Obamacare has been. After all, you could drive an Edsel. You could drink New Coke. You can actually operate a computer with Windows 8. None of them work as well as their purveyors hoped, but they do work.
Obamacare? Do we have a figure for how many people have actually bought health insurance through this disaster?
Rep. John Fleming doesn’t. So he says it’s time for a pink slip on Obama’s HHS secretary…
The thing is, it’s worse even than poor performance. At Forbes, Avik Roy says this thing is what it is due to the Obamites’ one solitary concession to the marketplace; namely, that they knew once customers saw how much Obamacare policies would cost they would freak out – so that’s why they’re demanding all your financial information before letting you browse for policies. They don’t want to show you any prices before adjusting them based on how much of a government subsidy they’ll give you…
A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. HHS bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.
HHS didn’t want users to see Obamacare’s true costs
“Healthcare.gov was initially going to include an option to browse before registering,” report Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky in the Wall Street Journal. “But that tool was delayed, people familiar with the situation said.” Why was it delayed? “An HHS spokeswoman said the agency wanted to ensure that users were aware of their eligibility for subsidies that could help pay for coverage, before they started seeing the prices of policies.” (Emphasis added.)
Which means that while Fleming is right that Sebelius ought to get the axe, the problem goes a lot higher than that.
And politically, it’s probably better to leave her where she is and thus have a face to put on this dumpster fire. Sebelius getting fired gives the propagandists in the left-wing media, who even for all their bias still can’t ignore what a mess this is, a narrative to the extent that hiring someone new to replace her and “fix” Obamacare will make everything OK even when there are incorrigible flaws at its core.
Getting rid of an HHS secretary won’t do much to change the equation. Getting rid of Obamacare in toto is the only thing that can save it. And it’s going to require a complete destruction of the governing class in DC to get rid of Obamacare.