Not Fixed, But Hyped

When you’re getting pummeled under the wave of arguably the most visible and egregious government failure of modern times… it’s time to retreat to your most proficient talent: Lie some more.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Great news: The White House says that and the 36 federally run insurance exchanges are finally good to go. The only thing missing from Sunday’s relentlessly upbeat progress report was President Obama in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner. […]

Most Democrats are eager to believe any good news, which may explain why the Sunday report is so short on basic information. The eight pages are heavy on charts with unverifiable claims—more than 400 “cumulative software fixes”!—and the Health and Human Services Department declares that “we believe we have met the goal of having a system that will work smoothly for the vast majority of users.”

This weekend miracle defies other evidence, such as the recent admission by an HHS official that 30% to 40% of the exchanges are still unfinished. Much of this involves the “back end” of the exchange operation that provides information to insurers but that consumers don’t see. In a pre-Thanksgiving news dump, HHS even gave up on the federal exchanges for small business and delayed those for a year.

The truth is that the White House is defining as a “success” however well or poorly the website actually works so it can declare political victory. The millions of people who’ve had their old coverage cancelled must re-enroll by December 23 to avoid gaps in coverage by the New Year. So like the Keynesian multiplier for stimulus spending, the White House is revising its goals along the way and claiming success based on nonfalsifiable standards.

For instance, the progress report reveals that the website is functioning more than 90% of the time—excluding periods when it is shut down for maintenance. HHS won’t say how often that is or for how long. Why not simply proclaim that it works 100% of the time, as long as you don’t count the times when it doesn’t?

The most grave failure of the American people is that we continue to chow down on the cow manure that politicians and bureaucrats feed us in a steady stream.

If Americans had any sense at all, we’d toss out at least 300-350 Representatives in 2014, and 20-25 Senators. Then, let the axes begin to fall on the bureaucracy, and set us all free from rank criminality, cronyism, and incompetence.

I can dream, can’t I?