The Best and Brightest out to Save Obamacare
This month's launch of the Obamacare Exchanges has been a complete train wreck, as the bill's coauthor Senator Max Baucus predicted back in April. Although it's difficult not to take some delight in the woes wrought by Democrat hubris, the American people are truly the losers in this instant loser of a government program.
Never fear, citizen. Health and Human Services Secretary (a far more powerful position under the law) Kathleen Sebelius intends to fix the broken website by utilizing the services of the best and the brightest. Perhaps Google will send in a mercenary contingent using some of the government-subsidized fuel their jet fleet was privy to up until September 2013. As put on a Health and Human Services blog post, complete with a silly pun which probably cost us in the thousands:
"Our team is bringing in some of the best and brightest from both inside and outside government to scrub in with the team and help improve HealthCare.gov."
If readers want a primer on the origins of the ironic term (the irony is clearly lost on Democrats) "best and brightest," what better book to read than The Best and The Brightest by David Halberstam. The book exhaustively details how the leading academics and corporate executives in America lost a war against a pipsqueak nation, and got nearly 60,000 American fighting men killed in the process. One of these great minds, Robert McNamara, turned the running of the war into an MBA case study; apparently metrics such as body count and tons of bombs dropped don't directly translate into wars won. Thank God this man never had access to PowerPoint.
The book also briefly touches on Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, another wildly unsuccessful boondoggle brought to you by The Smartest People in The Room. To return to the issue at hand, it is truly perplexing that after decades of failed big government programs, fully half of this country believes that a few technocrats will fix healthcare and we will all live happily ever after.
This episode is just one in a multi-season show called How Government Destroyed the Healthcare System. Tune in next season for the back-alley LASIK episode.
Brae Jager blogs at braejager.blogspot.com