With all the stories about the government shutdown it was pretty easy to miss the rollout of the much-delayed and much-anticipated HealthCare.gov, the health insurance marketplace where everyone could get "affordable" health care.
How health care used to work.
What Democrats think will work better.
Too bad, because it is and continues to be an epic failure, with numerous reports of users unable to access the system. It's gotten to the point that they're resetting everyone's password. How this will help, Southern Man cannot tell. But they're trying it.
What you may not know is that this project, originally budgeted at $93.7 million, has cost us (so far) a whopping $634 million dollars. That's nine times over budget. To put that in perspective, that's more than Facebook spent in its first six years. It's more than Twitter has ever spent. It's more than it cost to run LinkedIn and Instagram and Spotify since their inception. And what we got was a web site with roughly the functionality of a rock.
Note to every Republican in office - you should say this every time you're in front of a microphone:
"The President has already granted businesses a one-year extention on implementing the Affordable Care Act. All we want is the same one-year extension for individuals. What is it about this that you don't like?"