Obamacare exchanges and a free enterprise one: compare and contrast
More evidence that the mainstream media is catching on to the disaster of Obamacare and the incompetence of the federal government compared to the private sector. The Detroit News, with its front row seat for watching the consequences of unrestrained government spending, has published a scathing op-ed by Henry Payne contrasting the Obama belly flop with a private healthcare exchange launched by AON-Hewitt, a leading employee benefits specialist:
The disastrous rollout of the $634 million Affordable Care Act health exchange this month is the latest in a long line of flawed Obama administration investments. From green energy startups to the health market overhaul, the White House has wasted billions in taxpayer dollars.
Meanwhile, Aon Hewitt's private health insurance exchange serving thousands of corporate employees has launched without a glitch. How come? (snip)
Private investment demands results, or the capital goes elsewhere. By contrast, the president is spending taxpayer money with political, not financial, goals. No business plan. No beta test. No consequences. If the Obamacare exchange is a catastrophe, so what? Taxpayers can't disinvest.
"Obama would have had his own resources at risk if this were a private company," says Michigan political consultant Stu Sandler. "But it's not. The result is hundreds of millions of dollars spent on a website that doesn't work."
As the federal health exchange was crashing, a private health exchange serving businesses like Walgreens' 160,000 employee workforce was going smoothly. Why?
Because the exchange's creator, health consulting firm Aon Hewitt, has had to meet customer demands or lose business. So before it rolled out its exchange in 2011, Hewitt first beta tested its exchange on its own employees.
Imagine that! Beta testing on your own employees. President Obama and his White House staff are exempted from Obamacare, and Congress and its employees get a huge subsidy. Our imperial masters are above the laws they impose on us.
Read the whole thing. One missing point is that a disaster like the healthcare.gov launch would result in firings from the top on down. In the federal government, failure usually means a bigger budget and larger staff.
Hat tip Ed Lasky