One of the largest liberal websites—The Huffington Post—has weighed in on the launch of the Obamacare website, and they don’t like what they see .
A broken website imperils the largest expansion of the American safety net since the Great Society.
“The website that was supposed to do this all in a seamless way has had way more glitches than I think are acceptable,” Obama said during a Tuesday interview with KCCI television in Des Moines, Iowa. But the administration won’t disclose exactly what’s wrong with the health insurance exchange website, or when consumers can expect to see the promise of convenient, one-stop shopping for health benefits and financial assistance fulfilled.
Time remains for these problems to be resolved, but not much. “If things aren’t resolved in three weeks, we’ve got some serious, serious problems,” said Timothy Jost, a law professor and health care reform expert at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., and an Obamacare supporter. “I don’t think we’re anywhere close to there yet, but if the whole thing collapses, it’ll be another generation before we get this problem fixed.”
But HuffPo isn’t the only member of the liberal media to criticize the administration for launching a site that was clearly not ready.
Robert Gibbs, Obama’s former press secretary and now a contributor to MSNBC, said the rollout was “excruciatingly embarrassing,” and that officials need to be fired over it.
The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, a strong supporter of Obama, said it was a “disastrous launch” and he couldn’t understand why it’s taking so long to fix.
Even House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called the problems “unacceptable.”
The President and the media have been referring to the problems as “glitches.” But the Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a glitch as “an unexpected and usually minor problem; especially: a minor problem with a machine or device (such as a computer).”
The problems with the website are certainly not minor, and after nearly three weeks, certainly aren’t temporary.
Obama has called for a “tech surge” to fix the problems. But after spending a reported $634 million to develop the site, it isn’t known how much more taxpayers will have to pony up before the website runs as intended.