Disappearing Act

J.R. Dunn
By now the Daily Mail's report that ObamaCare's 8 million-plus visitors has boiled down to a mere 51,000 completed applications has trickled through the villages and market squares of the Republic of Obamastan. But in truth it's even worse than that.

According to CNBC, only 1% to one-half of the completed applications are usable. So complex are the forms and so flawed is the software that the rest have to be set aside for later action. These numbers come from data handlers for insurance providers within the program, so there is little reason to doubt them.

This means that actual total completed applications that have enabled an individual to enroll in the program amount to somewhere between a low of 510 and a high of 25,500. Splitting the difference, we get a rough figure of 12,495 successful applications.

This is beyond pathetic. Fewer people signed up with ObamaCare than live on a typical Manhattan block. Chances are there are more people living in your town or neighborhood than have successfully registered with ObamaCare. This can't even be called a disaster, because nothing happened. They flipped the switch and the whole system just vanished into thin air. Four years of work, hundreds of millions of dollars, uncountable man-hours... gone with the morning dew.

This makes ObamaCare the precise equivalent of the Soviet Five-Year plans of the 1930s, in which campaigns to achieve fantastic industrial and agricultural quotas were kicked off with parades, speeches, and exhortations in Pravda and Trud. Five years later, with the numbers even worse than before, the party and government simply lied -- not only to the public, but to themselves as well. And then they embarked on yet another plan, with even more fireworks and speechifying. It worked fine, just as long as you didn't look at the piles of starved peasants on the roadsides.

As in the case of the Five-Year plans, there is no way that ObamaCare can be made to work. You simply cannot get from 12,500 up to the 7+ million required to keep the program going within any reasonable length of time. The premises on which ObamaCare are based are so alien to the actual operation of the universe itself that it can't even gain enough traction to get started.

And just think: the hackers haven't even hit it yet.

Has anybody asked Obama about his exit strategy, I wonder?

By now the Daily Mail's report that ObamaCare's 8 million-plus visitors has boiled down to a mere 51,000 completed applications has trickled through the villages and market squares of the Republic of Obamastan. But in truth it's even worse than that.

According to CNBC, only 1% to one-half of the completed applications are usable. So complex are the forms and so flawed is the software that the rest have to be set aside for later action. These numbers come from data handlers for insurance providers within the program, so there is little reason to doubt them.

This means that actual total completed applications that have enabled an individual to enroll in the program amount to somewhere between a low of 510 and a high of 25,500. Splitting the difference, we get a rough figure of 12,495 successful applications.

This is beyond pathetic. Fewer people signed up with ObamaCare than live on a typical Manhattan block. Chances are there are more people living in your town or neighborhood than have successfully registered with ObamaCare. This can't even be called a disaster, because nothing happened. They flipped the switch and the whole system just vanished into thin air. Four years of work, hundreds of millions of dollars, uncountable man-hours... gone with the morning dew.

This makes ObamaCare the precise equivalent of the Soviet Five-Year plans of the 1930s, in which campaigns to achieve fantastic industrial and agricultural quotas were kicked off with parades, speeches, and exhortations in Pravda and Trud. Five years later, with the numbers even worse than before, the party and government simply lied -- not only to the public, but to themselves as well. And then they embarked on yet another plan, with even more fireworks and speechifying. It worked fine, just as long as you didn't look at the piles of starved peasants on the roadsides.

As in the case of the Five-Year plans, there is no way that ObamaCare can be made to work. You simply cannot get from 12,500 up to the 7+ million required to keep the program going within any reasonable length of time. The premises on which ObamaCare are based are so alien to the actual operation of the universe itself that it can't even gain enough traction to get started.

And just think: the hackers haven't even hit it yet.

Has anybody asked Obama about his exit strategy, I wonder?