Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell mocked the rollout of Obamacare on Tuesday, highlighting shocking cases of the misidentification of applicants by the system and polling that more Americans believe in the fictional “Bigfoot” than the bumbled rollout of the health care website.
“Unsurprisingly, just 12 percent of Americans think the rollout has gone well,” he said on the Senate floor. “That’s less than the 14 percent of Americans who believe in Bigfoot.”
While much of Washington's attention has been on the website and President Obama's belated efforts to fix it, McConnell cited several cases of the mistreatment of those who have gotten through on Healthcare.gov.
“We hear about visitors being told things like their wife is really their daughter. Or that they have multiple spouses. Or that they’re unable to apply ‘due to current incarceration,’ ” said the Kentucky senator.
“The real tragedy here is that many who’ve succeeded are finding out the product is worse than the website. I mean, the only thing this web site seems to be good at right now is creating punch lines for late-night comedians,” he added.
Republicans believe that the website’s failure could help their push to delay the mandate that everybody have health care next year. They also see political advantages in the problems and are stepping up their attacks on those who voted for the president’s initiative. Said McConnell:
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Democrat leaders in Congress told Americans that the law’s implementation was fabulous, that Obamacare was wonderful. The president reassured everyone that it was working the way it’s supposed to.
And, of course, Washington Democrats bragged about their fancy new website. The website that cost taxpayers $100 million, $200 million, $300 million, well, no one’s quite sure. That’s just one of the unanswered questions we hope they’ll clarify soon.
Now, to be fair, the President likes to say that Obamacare is about more than just a website.
He’s absolutely right. And that’s why fixing a website won’t solve the larger problem here.
The larger problem is Obamacare itself.