Obama would be better off trying to sell ShamWows with the free set of steak knives if you order within 15 minutes.<quoted text> O'bama was made aware of the problems the site had in functionality months ago. That the site went live when it wasn't ready is because that's what he wanted. Failure wasn't an option, because any delays would be a political win for the other side, you see, and we can't have that. O'bama and the democrats can't be bothered with worrying about the American people and what is good for them.
IF O'bama's behavior during the government shutdown - ordering sites, memorials and parks closed to American taxpayers and veterans - and this push to have an obviously non-operable site up and running doesn't prove how petty and petulant this president is, nothing will.
O'bama is a paranoid freak.
The ObammyCare website's super-busted, and is likely to remain that way for some time. But you know that already, and so does President Obama -- which is why he channeled the ShamWow guy during his surreal Obamacare pep rally earlier this week, pumping an 800-number as an alternative to the online exchanges. Operators are standing by, and all that.
At least it's something, right? Well, the Washington Post's liberal Wonk Blog notices a small problem with Obama's old-fashioned Plan B. It doesn't work either:
In conversations this afternoon with the call center, I was repeatedly told that I could not enroll in coverage over the phone. "The only thing we can do is submit an application for you," one call-center representative told me. "We can't purchase anything for you." "No, you cannot do that," another one said, when I told her I had completed my application and would like to enroll in a specific plan.
You can ring up the Obamacare hotline, pray to get an actual person on the line, and submit an application. But you cannot actually enroll. Why not?
The second [step in enrollment] is eligibility verification: Healthcare.Gov needs to double-check that the shopper is the person they say they are, that they live in the right state and that have reported their income accurately. A computer system does this part; a call-center agent cannot. The last step is enrollment: picking a specific plan and paying the first month's premium. That payment goes to the insurance plan of the shopper's choosing, not to HealthCare.Gov , which helps explain why the call center cannot accept shoppers' payments.
Basically, the call centers ultimately rely on the busted computer system, too. Plus, it's pretty much impossible to "browse" various options and prices over the phone. Yet the president directed millions of Americans to dial the 1-800 number, assuring them that they could speak with an agent and sign up in less than 30 minutes.
Here's someone trying for 4 1/2 hours:
After a total of four-and-a-half hours on the phone with Obamacare's navigators (in addition to five hours spent online), he's still looking for answers. How many young, healthy people will endure this nonsense, especially if they're going to end up paying more?
Gross mismanagement doesn't state the problem with enough severity. Per Sibelius, OBAMA DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE that the website had so many problems. How in the world do thou think that he had any inkling that the phone number and call center support would s#ck as well?
It appears that Ted Cruz & Mike Lee were right and the MSM, Democrats and RINO's were wrong. Now there's a surprise.
How about an 800 # for people who don't want Obamacare, or, just want him to go away.
"Oh, hi, yes, I called because I DON'T want Obamacare, AND I want Obama to get out of my life, yes, ok, that's it? I'm signed up? Great! Thanks!!!"