Healthcare.gov, the public face (or is that "farce?") of Obamacare, is still no closer to functionality after three weeks of doing little more than delivering multi-million dollar error messages to the public.
But now, borrowing language from the George W. Bush administration in hopes that somehow, eventually, they can blame this mess on him, Obama has declared a new "tech surge" on the Healthcare.gov website. Even now, computer programmers are descending from helicopters on ropes, and combing over pages of binary code through their night-vision goggles.
Meanwhile, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius finds herself in the increasingly blazing spotlight, being forced to put on a smiley face about the healthcare disaster she is directly responsible for. But General Sibelius isn't standing down (as many are now calling for). Rather, she's proclaimed "I called on the contractor to get its A-team here and give us 150%."
In other words, she's demanding 50% more from her people than is logically, humanly, or mathematically possible. Which makes Hope n' Change wonder - how many of the other components of Obamacare are required to function at 150%, 500%, or a trillion-jillion% over what is actually possible?
There is an increasing tide of news articles suggesting that the real problem with healthcare.gov (and the backend systems, if anyone ever gets that far) isn't so much the code or the contractors, but the inept government supervision which has demanded the impossible, based on requirements that are unintelligible, all of which is supervised by clueless, politically motivated bureaucrats. And inevitably, this disaster will result in human suffering and deaths.
Frankly, this is enough of a mess that we think some highly-placed administration officials should be sentenced to jail time.
And be forced to serve 150% of it.
And maybe a copy of Windows which wasn't bootlegged.