This year’s budget impasse centers on the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. Defunding, delaying, or otherwise sabotaging the Act was the original goal of Tea Party Republicans. Meanwhile, we read that implementing Obamacare is a disaster, from website to database. If the Republicans were smart, they would sit back and watch it fail.
“It wasn’t designed well, it wasn’t implemented well, and it looks like nobody tested it,” said Luke Chung, an online database programmer.
If you’re responsible for this system, the impasse is a gift from God. The president can “compromise,” buying you an extra year to fix it – and he can look statesmanlike in the process. In fairness to the programmers, the Act is large, complex, and unsettled.
“We have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”
It’s hard to write code when nobody knows for sure what the system is supposed to do – which brings us to another irony. According to The Economist, the law is a shambles because Ted Kennedy’s death forced the House to pass a draft bill that wasn’t quite ready. This is cruel fate. Not only did the liberal lion not live to see his dream fulfilled, but his very passing maimed the nascent reform.