Obama, Sebelius: 'We're just like Apple'
Tim Kern taught economics for fifteen years, and discovered...
WASHINGTON, October 2, 2013 — When the healthcare exchanges predictably crashed on the first day of enrollment, President Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius both compared the launch of Obamacare to the launch of an Apple product.
Obama, referring to the September 18 launch of the Apple mobile operating system, iOS 7, that had a lame fingerprint ID “security” feature, said, “Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it.”
The president was disingenuous. The “they” who found the “glitch” — a fatal flaw, in fact — referred to some hackers, not Apple. The second “they” was Apple. Whether it’s truly “fixed” is still up for debate.
He continued, “I don’t remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn’t. That’s not how we do things in America. We don’t actively root for failure.”
HHS Secretary Sebelius said, “I clearly have an iPad and I also have an iPhone and about 10 days ago I got the prompt that the operating system had changed.” She upgraded to the new OS. It wasn’t great, she said, but “everyone just assumes ‘well there’s a problem, they’ll fix it.’” She continued, “We’re building a complicated piece of technology, and hopefully you’ll give us the same slack you give Apple.”
Matthew Yglesias, writing on the Sebelius comment in Slate, said, “Apple has a long track record making technology products. What’s more, lots of people — most people in fact — don’t buy Apple’s technology products. So Apple’s customer base consists of a self-selected minority of people who based on Apple’s long track record in the industry choose to buy its phones, tablets, and computers.”
There’s a lot more in that comparison.
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