Everyone wants to believe that government is magic and everyone who says they don’t believe in magic is maligned as an “anarchist.” We see this especially in TV shows which show cops, detectives, crime scene investigators, and forensic scientists, all working miracles on the government’s dime—showing nothing but devoted concern for doing right.
Yet you will notice in these productions that the hero cop or detective or whatever other public official is the champion of the story usually has to struggle with mountains of government incompetence and selfish, corrupt bureaucrats. In most of these shows, if you analyze them, you realize that the hero is an escapist fantasy who deals with the government as we experience it every day.
The same holds true for the Obamacare story. People take every inefficiency and price problem that they find in American medicine (without any analysis to what extent government interference has caused or amplified these problems), and then they posit a fictional governmental superhero who can rescue them from these grievances. Along comes Obama to assure voters that this hero is real and the evil Republicans are preventing him from saving you.
Today the Washington Examiner reports that the now famous Obamasnare website: healthcare.gov was developed on an insanely stupid timetable.
Federal officials did not permit testing of the Obamacare healthcare.gov website or issue final system requirements until four to six days before its Oct. 1 launch, according to an individual with direct knowledge of the project….
Federal officials were “freezing requirements in time to permit full testing at all levels of the site — integration testing, user testing, performance testing and tuning,” the individual said.
“Normally a system this size would need 4-6 months of testing and performance tuning, not 4-6 days,” the individual said.
The source said there were “ever-changing, conflicting and exceedingly late project directions. The actual system requirements for Oct. 1 were changing up until the week before,” the individual said.
The report leaves out the part where the website illegally pirated its software (because it won’t acknowledge the source which is, otherwise, free).
So here’s my question. Why does anyone assume that better thought and more thorough work went into the Obamacare law itself? If the powers that be cared so little about making sure the product worked at healthcare.gov, then there is no reason to expect that cared if anything in the law would really work either. If they hired incompetent cronies for one, why not for the other?
After all, it is open knowledge that the Affordable Care Act was grabbed as campaign filler when Obama was first running for President.
Why all this faith in government despite their record? It seems superstitious—an instance of what G. K. Chesterton observed: “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing – they believe in anything.”
Paul wrote about this in Romans 1:18-32. Allow me to paraphrase: People who deny God will end up trusting in Obamacare.
That’s the original and real “denialism.” It leads to delusions like healthcare.gov.