It’s STILL a Trap (Obamacare Website edition)

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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 Health​Care​.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​.health​care​.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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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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