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WH Begs People To Avoid Obama-Care Website

From an irony-proof New York Times:

A Plea to Avoid Crush of Users at Health Site

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and ROBERT PEAR | November 26, 2013

WASHINGTON — White House officials, fearful that the federal health care website may again be overwhelmed this weekend, have urged their allies to hold back enrollment efforts so the insurance marketplace does not collapse under a crush of new users.

And who says the White House doesn’t have a sense of humor?

At the same time, administration officials said Tuesday that they had decided not to inaugurate a big health care marketing campaign planned for December out of concern that it might drive too many people to the still-fragile HealthCare.gov.

And never mind that after Saturday, November 30, there will only be 23 days left to sign up for January coverage, as required by the ‘Law Of The Land.’ Oh, and never mind that the Obama administration is spending over $1.25 billion taxpayer dollars this year on advertising to get people to go to the Obama-Care website.

With a self-imposed deadline for repairs to the website approaching on Saturday, the administration is trying to strike a delicate balance. It is encouraging people to go or return to the website but does not want to create too much demand. It boasts that the website is vastly improved, but does not want to raise expectations that it will work for everyone.

“We are definitely on track to have a significantly different user experience by the end of this month,” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said Tuesday. “That was our commitment.”

You see? They never said they would fix the site by November 30th. We dreamt that.

Ms. Sebelius, who supervised development of the troubled website, tried to rally state and local elected officials in a conference call organized by the White House. “I would urge you and your folks on the ground to not hesitate to recommend that people go to HealthCare.gov and get signed up,” she said.

Huh? Talk about ‘mixed messaging.’

Officials said the website was now able to handle 50,000 users at a time, providing enough capacity on a daily basis to enroll millions of people in the next four months.

But those charged with fixing the site worry that 250,000 people might try to use the site simultaneously at times on Saturday and in the days ahead. They say that pent-up demand for insurance in the federal marketplace, combined with a surge of interest among people merely curious about whether it is working, could bring the website to a crawl…

It’s always the customers fault when it comes to Obama-Care.

White House officials offered a similar message on Monday in a meeting with some of their allies, including the Service Employees International Union and Enroll America. Both groups had pledged to work hard to drive traffic to the website.

In the meeting, [Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director] said, officials urged the groups to hold back, at least for the first several days of December, to see how much traffic the website is getting.

Ms. Palmieri summarized the message: “Our recommendation is that we expect there to be really high traffic. You shouldn’t be driving traffic.”

Who should we listen to? Ms. Palmieri or Ms. Sebelius?

If the website again crashes repeatedly, Mr. Obama’s critics are sure to pounce and some of his Democratic allies may become anxious and apprehensive…

Isn’t political opposition evil? There should be a way to get rid of it altogether.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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