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Why the President Will Euthanize HealthCare.gov in 2014

8:10 AM, Nov 12, 2013 • By MICHAEL ASTRUE
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On December 1 you will hear strident HHS appointees insisting that the “glitches” are gone and the system is “fixed.” Remember what they told you before and immediately after launch; don’t fall for the new talking points. Even allowing for continuing refusals by HHS to release information about the failures of HealthCare.gov, it will only be a short time before HHS will have to start disclosing repeated thefts of healthcare.gov data.

Senator Barbara Mikulski has rightly noted “there’s been a crisis of confidence created in the dysfunctional nature of the website.” Public confidence in HealthCare.gov is so low that the site will not be able to survive the added pressure caused by inevitable security breaches. Shortly after the predetermined HHS announcement that HealthCare.gov has been “fixed,” that assessment will become a Jimmy Kimmel punch line.

As this debacle extends, concern about the electoral implications of the failure of HealthCare.gov will force President Obama to ignore new promises of yet another “fix” and to scrap this website that has been tainted by incompetence, deceptive propaganda, and disregard for our privacy. You can be sure you will hear him and his appointees reminding us of that toll-free number again and again.

Michael Astrue served as HHS general counsel (1989-92) and commissioner of Social Security (2007-13).

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