This is hilarious. If you’re in a hurry and don’t want to listen to Durbin wheeze his way through a lengthy line of BS, skip to the 1:00 mark.
Only in Washington could an unmitigated disaster like this be a "substantial success". I wonder how Durbin defines failure. On second thought, I don’t want to know. One additional point I’ll make. Durbin tries to equate filing an Obamacare application with enrolling in Obamacare. That’s apples and oranges. Team O set the system up specifically so that potential enrollees couldn’t simply go online and peruse the various Obamacare options. You first have slog your way through Obamacare’s byzantine application process before you can actually compare and contrast the plans. The purpose of this runaround, as Forbes’ Avik Roy explains, is to hide the sticker shock of Obamacare:
So, by analyzing your income first, if you qualify for heavy subsidies, the website can advertise those subsidies to you instead of just hitting you with Obamacare’s steep premiums. For example, the site could advertise plans that cost “$0? or “$30? instead of explaining that the plan really costs $200, and that you’re getting a subsidy of $200 or $170. But you’ll have to be at or near the poverty line to gain subsidies of that size; most people will either not qualify for a subsidy, or qualify for a small one that, net-net, doesn’t make up for the law’s cost hikes.
This political objective—masking the true underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans—far outweighed the operational objective of making the federal website work properly. Think about it the other way around. If the “Affordable Care Act” truly did make health insurance more affordable, there would be no need to hide these prices from the public.
Exactly. Why else would this, the most transparent administration in the history of the universe, work so hard to hide the cost from consumers? Given the complete breakdown of the system and its reliance on 10-year old technology, I doubt more than a fraction of those who’ve gone through the application process have been able to compare the plans and prices yet anyway. But sooner or later they will and many, particularly the young and healthy who’s "mass irrationality" is required to avoid the Obamacare death spiral, will in fact behave rationally and say "no thanks". So when Little Dick Durbin claims all of the people who applied will enroll, he’s either lying or stupid. Probably both. Obama should be thankful for these software "glitches" because when, if ever, they’re resolved, the true horrors of Obamacare will be revealed and Democrats will pine for the good ol’ days when they could blame everything on IT problems. Who knows, maybe they’ll figure out a way to blame it on Bush.