Obamacare Ten Days Later

This is a follow up from my entry a week ago.  I STILL HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO SIGN UP ON THE HEALTH EXCHANGE.  Just imagine a company that is unable get people to sign up after ten days?  Sign up, not follow-through with delivery of a product, but sign up!   Here is CBS (not Fox) calling it nothing short of disastrous.  Watch the piece because you will see a computer guru geek (who is pro Obamacare) rip the government.   It’s embarrassing.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  6 comments for “Obamacare Ten Days Later

  1. Ryan
    October 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I have to actually defend the government on this one. While a website/server crashed with high demand is certainly unacceptable, as long as companies that actual specialize in this sort of thing have these same issues, I can’t fault the government.

    Rockstar games released Grand Theft Auto 5 online play October 1st (game released september 17); players of the game are JUST STARTING to be able to play online. For most players, online isn’t available yet and Rockstar has a two weeks of sales lead time to correctly account for maximum demand. Diablo III (another highly anticipated video game by Blizzard) took more than two weeks to get the online game up for all players. While Rockstar doesn’t do AS much with online gaming, Blizzard is better known for World of Warcraft. Server set up for online gaming is a defining feature of Blizzard entertainment and the company has been specializing in large volume online players for more than 10 YEARS. They had pre-order numbers to give an idea of numbers to deal with. And even with years of experience and good predictions they COULDN’T KEEP THEIR SERVERS UP. They had the SAME PROBLEM that the ACA websites are having.

    ACA websites had no solid predictors of numbers (you can’t pre-sale insurance) and this is the first time any health insurance company has ever had to deal with a nationwide rollout. Yes it is bad for business and yes the guy who predicted demand should be sweating his job. But right now, the ACA website is in the same place as private sector businesses (that had greater technical expertise and experience) so I can’t fault them for it. If the best of private sector company takes 2-3 weeks to get with it, then I can’t blame the government for not getting its act together in the same amount of time.

    Don’t get me wrong, if Nov. 1 rolls about and the ACA website is down, my voice will join the chorus of bitching and incompetence as loud as any. But if the private sector can’t do it, I sure as hell am not going to put it on the government.

    • Doug Farrago
      October 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Here is the thing. NO ONE KNOWS IF ANYONE HAS EVEN GOT INSURANCE YET. Your points are well taken, but let’s just see how they do in a few weeks. You gave them 3.

    • Pat
      October 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Hate to whisper the obvious, but – psssst – NO one has been forced to buy Grand Theft Auto, nor report said purchase to the IRS. The production and rollout of video games is not subsidized by taxpayers. So no one is at legal risk from their own &$(#¥ government if they opt out of gaming.

  2. Pat
    October 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

    What a marvelous tribute to state-sponsored compassion. Anyone supporting the government’s involvement in daily, routine health care is responsible for this hilarious failure. This was all to be expected or, as my role model Sterling Archer would observe: “Oh yeah, do you want ants? ‘Cause that’s how you get ants!”

    • Sir Lance-a-lot
      October 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      Sterling Archer is YOUR role model? He’s MY role model. And you can’t have him because he was my role model first.
      And I have the black turtlenecks to prove it.

      Oh, crap – now where’s my gun?

  3. Sir Lance-a-lot
    October 11, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Ha ha.

    I am no fan of the ACA, which is a POS, cobbled together, ineffective mess of a giveaway to insurance corporations as far as I’m concerned (and I’d favor single payer if it was done properly, and no, I’m not holding my breath for that one), but, even so, I am gobsmacked by the sheer incompetence demonstrated by the Administration so far, only ten days into the program.

    I was listening yesterday to the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC (NY Public Radio) yesterday; he’s a very level-headed intellectual talk show host who has deputized a number of listeners to sign up for the ACA and report back. He had three of them on, none of whom had been able to sign up. One got pretty far into the process when the website asked him whether it had the name of his *DOG* correct – he answered “None of the Above” because he doesn’t have a dog, and the site told him his response was invalid and threw him off.
    Go to WNYC.org and listen to it yourself.

    It’s that bad.

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