It’s STILL a Trap (Obamacare Website edition)

Scarlett Hazeltine:  All those lies, You’re not going to fool daddy so easy

C. R.  MacNamara:   I didn’t say it was going to be easy.

One Two Three 1961

Back in October I wrote this:

The left is going to talk about the website, they are going to critique the web site and they’re going to make sure every attack they make on Obamacare is based on the web site because they know sooner or later there will be Lemon soaked paper napkins they will be able to declare the web site fixed and Obamacare’s problems solved.

And as December begins there have been plenty of web problems to talk about:

We don’t know how many inaccurate 834 transmissions went out. Three reporters — one from the Los Angeles Times, one from The Wall Street Journal and I — asked Bataille for information on how many of the 834s sent out so far have had an error. This is a question that I’ve asked on three previous calls, a point made by the Los Angeles Times’s Noam Levey as he asked for his second time.

This is where Monday’s media call started to get more tense than the dozens that have happened in the past, with reporter after reporter asking about the numbers of 834 errors and not getting a response from the administration.

and people are like Forbes on the right:

Obamacare’s Website Won’t Be Working By November 30 — But What If It Isn’t Working By November 2014?

and the Washington Post from the left:

The enrollment records for a significant portion of the Americans who have chosen health plans through the online federal insurance marketplace contain errors — generated by the computer system — that mean they might not get the coverage they’re expecting next month.

The errors cumulatively have affected roughly one-third of the people who have signed up for health plans since Oct. 1, according to two government and health-care industry officials. The White House disputed the figure but declined to provide its own.

and talking about them.  Additionally their articles are prompting post like this from Ed Morrissey at Hotair:

But hey, the website has a “dramatically improved” user experience, which means you can now wait in a queue while your private information is exposed to identity thieves in a system that won’t actually enroll some of you for insurance at all. This, apparently, is “private-sector velocity and efficiency,” as seen by the administration that has almost no private-sector experience at all.

It shows.

And that’s just on the error messages.  Things are even worse than it sounds:

“When you develop a website, you develop it with security in mind. And it doesn’t appear to have happened this time,” said David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat” hacker who tests online security by breaching websites. He testified on Capitol Hill about the flaws of HealthCare.gov last week.

“It’s really hard to go back and fix the security around it because security wasn’t built into it,” said Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec. “We’re talking multiple months to over a year to at least address some of the critical-to-high exposures on the website itself.”

While such articles particularly from CNBC and a big liberal paper like Washington Post sting, they still serve the purpose of both the administration and Democrat election hopes in 2014:  Keeping the conversation and the critique of Obamacare about the web site instead of the law.

Fortunately some people have figured this out producing ads like They Knew from the NRSC on Vimeo:

and this from Americas for prosperity:

that last one via RS McCain who tells us this campaign is going to be expanded to Sen Landrieu and beyond

AFP recently announced it was expanding its campaign to target Democrat Sen. Mark Begich as well as three vulnerable House incumbents, Democrat Reps. Patrick Murphy (FL-18), Joe Garcia (FL-26) and Ron Barber (AZ-2).

It’s important to remember long before the Obamacare site went belly up the Tea Party and the GOP were adamantly opposed to it.  Jim Geraghty nails it:

The problem is not the branding, or a lack of administration efforts to tout the program. The problem is that the program cannot work as promised as it is currently structured

while still getting in a jab at the web site:

And what’s more, the much-touted web site still doesn’t work

While there are reasons beyond Obamacare where the web site’s failures will be of use politically as Byron York notes: the bottom line today is the same as it was in October:

Now there is nothing wrong with pointing out the issues with the site, it speaks to the competence of this administration or lack thereof but any conservative writer or pundit who does had better damn well make sure they stress the real problems with Obamacare which have nothing to do with coding.

Or in the words (or tweet) of Speaker Boehner:

The moment we forget this we are exactly where the media wants us…cue Sheldon

Update: The Right Scoop gets it:

Another Obamacare success story about a woman who finally got through the website, but was then hit with sticker shock and says can’t afford Obamacare insurance plans for her husband with a preexisting condition:

The best part is they are linking not to a NRCC or AFP video but to a local ABC affiliate

An estimated 800,000 people visited the new and improved www.healthcare.gov Monday to shop for affordable health insurance. But what one Akron woman got was a bad case of sticker shock.

“I thought it was supposed to help us,” Liz Binns said in frustration. “I can’t afford it. I cannot afford

This is EXACTLY what I mean

Via Ed Morrissey who gets the last word

It’s not the website. The website has been a distraction for Americans. It’s the bill coming due that Obama will have to explain … every day until the midterms.

More please

Update 2:  Seen on Twitter:

Bingo.

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