CHICAGO, October 30, 2013 – The jury is in: The Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, is an unmitigated disaster, another epic embarrassment for President Obama on the signature issue of his Administration: mandatory healthcare coverage for all Americans.
Healthcare.gov is the latest example of how President Obama had led, or more accurately, how he has failed to lead. It is a study in technical glitches, bureaucratic red tape, no-bid contracts rewarding Obama cronies, annoying error messages, and big government deceptiveness on the true cost of the Affordable Care Act to frightened Americans.
And what of CGI Federal, which was awarded the no-bid contracts to build the problem-plagued health exchange?
Well, that is the beauty of being a government contractor with ties to the Administration: you receive a $678 million taxpayer-funded federal contract to build a crappy healthcare exchange, and, at worst, you receive a public slap on the wrist.
After the congressional hearings are over, will CGI Federal be forced to give the money back? Will Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett or First Lady Michelle Obama, who has ties to the group, be making the call?
Then there is the matter of President Obama’s claims about Americans being able to keep their health plans. “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan,” President Obama has stated repeatedly in response to any criticism of Obamacare.
The problem is: It’s a lie. Millions of Americans are receiving (or about to receive) termination letters about their coverage due to Obamacare. Experts say that the Obama Administration has known for the last three years that more than 7 million Americans would lose their coverage but the President has continued to assure the public with the false claims. Worse yet, those that are forced off there current health plans are likely to be forced to purchase even more expensive plans.
That’s not what the President promised.
This week also marks the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and the plight of families who have yet to recover from the devastation, despite being assured by President Obama (again) that help was on the way.
In fact, according to reports from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, just $5.2 billion of the $60 billion federal aid package designated for Sandy victims has actually been spent. CGI Federal, the architect of healthcare.gov’s glitchfest, was also awarded $38 million by the State of New Jersey to ‘quickly deploy’ relief to hurricane victims.
Yet today, thousands of Sandy’s victims are living with relatives, in temporary apartments, or hotels and are facing eviction. Some are arguing with government bureaucrats for the aid they were promised or clashing with insurance companies.
In New Jersey, 26,000 people are still out of their homes.
State and federal loans are held up. Many victims have been rejected for federal loans or are living in partially rebuilt homes with makeshift kitchens.
This is a national scandal and one President Obama needs to address now.
If the Obama Administration is not competent enough to dole out a $60 billion federal aid package to Hurricane Sandy victims, how can he run the nation’s healthcare system?
Come on, how hard is it to hand out $60 billion in disaster relief?
If the experiences of Hurricane Sandy victims are any indication of what Americans can expect from Obamacare, the country is directly in the path of yet another disaster.
But this time the disaster is one is of Obama’s own making.
William J. Kelly is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and conservative columnist. He is also a contributor to the American Spectator and Breitbart.com. He is a native from
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