Republican Rep. Says Obamacare Website ‘An Insult To Amazon’

Darrell Issa grills administration technology officials

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. makes an opening statement as his panel holds its first public hearing on problems implementing the Obamacare healthcare program, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.

A top House Republican on Wednesday mocked the Obama administration’s troubled health insurance website as “an insult to Amazon and Kayak,” and called it a “monumental mistake” to launch Healthcare.gov before it was ready last month.

“That legislation created three and a half years ago was still being written in late September,” said California Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Issa was speaking before a hearing in which he grilled top administration technology officials about the botched roll-out of the health care website, Those officials said they are working “around the clock” to fix the site, and that its performance is improving.

“Since the beginning of October, I have shifted into working full-time on the team that is working around the clock to fix HealthCare.gov and bring it to the place it should be,” Todd Park, the administration’s chief technology officer, said in his prepared opening statement. “The website is getting better each week, as we work to improve its performance, its stability, and its functionality. As a result, more and more individuals are successfully creating accounts, logging in, and moving on to apply for coverage and shop for plans.”

Since its Oct. 1 launch, Healthcare.gov has crashed, operated slowly and been taken offline completely at times for maintenance, severely hampering implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement and embarrassing the White House. Officials have blamed bad computer code for the failures and say the website will be work for “the vast majority of users” by the end of November. Both Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius have publicly apologized for the website.

 

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48 comments
bobcn
bobcn

Well, if Issa says the Obamacare website is ‘An Insult To Amazon’ I'm not going to argue with him.  After all, Issa's an expert at insults.

DameCabbage
DameCabbage

The Obamacare roll-out is a success compared to the new version of Windows.  And private businesses who are feeling smug, please don't.  Your companies aren't doing much better, operationally speaking.

DameCabbage
DameCabbage

I'm not sure why it's considered news when lawmakers insult the president.  It's just tiresome... the constant volleys of hate.

TerryClifton02
TerryClifton02

Why are they not grilling those in charge of Obamacare for allowing felons to be Navigators? That's like allowing terrorists to work for the TSA.

Pyrrho
Pyrrho

Darrell Issa (California embarrassment), along with the rest of the Tea Beggers that awarded appropriations to Afghan contractors - KNOWN to fund the Taliban, AQ, and HQN network. 


These are contract awards in the hundreds of millions of dollars where Congressional appropriations in the millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars are channeled each month to support terrorist operations. 


That’s right, you can thank Congress and DoD for funding IED operations that kill U.S. soldiers. And does Issa call any DoD leadership to assign them a grade of “F” for funding terrorist activities that kill our own. No, he calls the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary to the table so that he can thump his chest in front of cameras. 


Spineless besterd. U.S. and coalition soldiers dying from U.S. funded terrorist operations and this idiot wants to talk about a website that doesn’t work. The Outrage.

buffalo.barnes102
buffalo.barnes102

Oh, The Iss-hole grandstanding for the spotlight again. Just ignore him folks.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Does Issa want to light it on fire?

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

Insult to Amazon?  I fail to  see any connection, analogy, or comparison, but Republicans haven't made any sense to me for quite some time. 

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

For someone who is against Obamacare he sure is putting in a lot of time and effort (in front of the camera's) getting to the bottom of why the roll out was so bad.

Talk about transparent!

fhmadvocat
fhmadvocat

Frankly, while Darrell Issa has spent most of his time during the Obama administration looking for non-existent scandals, he has a point.  Most internet companies would not have rolled out their product the way healthcare.gov was rolled out.  The company put in charge had a terrible track record in Canada and it seems that the government did not require someone to put everything together from the desperate parts.  I recently saw a program where three guys put together a working program in one week!

Both sides are to blame.  The Obama administration tried to be smarter than one half and waited to the last minute to put something together instead of doing test runs.  The reason this was done was to escape attacks from the Republicans, who for their part have done everything in their power to impede the ACA instead of offering ways to improve it.  The law was terribly written and its implementation was an unmitigated disaster.  At the same time, to do nothing as the Republicans wanted, is not a solution either.

LeahPetersen
LeahPetersen

Well I enrolled today and got an affordable option, something I couldn't get last year. A website is f&cked up. Obamacare is not JUST a website.

j45ashton
j45ashton

Darrell Issa is an insult to American politics.  His Fast & Furious and Benghazi witch hunts went nowhere. In the end this witch hunt will go nowhere, too. 

jmac
jmac

Yes, Issa supoenaed Todd Clark, the chief technology officer of the health care web site, to appear before his committee as the web site is being worked on.

How about a  report on the wasteful witch hunts Issa has done on issue after issue?   How about Americans getting to know Issa and the damage he's done to those who follow the news and wouldn't vote Republican now if they were running against Satan?

As Cummings stated, nobody in their right mind believes Issa wants to actually fix the web site.   

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Just a quick reminder of Issa's sordid past.

http://www.salon.com/2013/06/04/the_farce_that_is_darrell_issa/


The only thing that makes Rep. Darrell Issa remotely qualified to chair the House Oversight Committee is his personal familiarity with the investigative process – on the receiving end. The man Republican House Speaker John Boehner put in charge of investigating government wrongdoing was himself indicted for stealing a car, accused of stealing at least one other car, arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, and twice suspected of insurance fraud – and once extensively investigated by authorities for arson, because his former business associates accused him, on the record, of burning down a building to collect the insurance payout.

paulejb
paulejb

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paulejb
paulejb

The ObamaCare website is an insult to Nigerian emailers. Nigerian Princes offering to share their wealth with you are more credible than Healthcare.gov.

grape_crush
grape_crush

Related

"For reporters covering Capitol Hill, there are two phrases that should immediately raise red flags when put in the same sentence: 'partial transcript' and 'House Oversight Committee.' Republicans on this committee got into quite a bit of trouble in this area during the Clinton era, and now that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) holds the gavel, reporters have been fed half-truths through 'partial transcripts' over and over again."

SmoothEdward1
SmoothEdward1

This coming from a charlatan whose technical expertise is car alarms. What the hell does Amazon have to do with anything? If he is trying to compare the two websites, Amazon has a completely different mission, design, and has been around refining itself for years. He is such a craven politician. He represents the worst instincts of them, a political assassin, whose reason for existence is to get his face in front of a camera.


grape_crush
grape_crush

>  Todd Park, the administration’s chief technology officer, said in his prepared opening statement.

Rather than have the CTO working on correcting the technical issues, Issa is pulling Park into his own little kangaroo-court-slash-witch-hunt to waste time testifying.

And wasting time it is, since Park wasn't involved with the healthcare.gov website in the first place.

>  “...an insult to Amazon and Kayak...”

Both of which have technical issues of their own - such as outages - every so often, as happens to many sites, even if they aren't brand-spanking new.

barneydidit
barneydidit

Republicans in Congress remind me of a guy that was in the audience with me at a comic club I went to in Chicago recently. The guy was drunker than sh!t and kept yelling at the comedian about how terrible a job he was doing. The comedian finally called the guy up on stage and told him to go ahead and show everyone how it's done. The guy couldn't slink out of the club fast enough. When the GOP comes up with a viable replacement for Obamacare, THEN I'll listen to their yammering. 

ococoob
ococoob

Who listens to this former felon?

Titanus
Titanus

Wow!  I am sure the websites set up for the benefit of Americans who are at risk of severe economic and or physical suffering were much better.  Unfortunately I cannot think of one.  

hsv35801
hsv35801

Would someone please vote this guy out of office?

IraLivor
IraLivor

 What!?

What do Amazon or Kayak have anything to do with anything outside of the fact that they have their own websites. If the Republicans want to compare the such things, they have to remember that companies like Amazon have been around for a long time and have already worked most of the bugs out of their websites. Also most of the time these complicated websites, like Amazon's, started off being very simple and then became more complicated over time as they added one new feature after another. However, the new government website had to start out as a VERY complicated product which leads to a lot more risks being taken all at once instead of small little junks here and there.


Debating the Affordable Care act is one thing, but insulting a new product like the website with unrelated jargon is another.

BenSweeney
BenSweeney

50000 enrolled, 50000 Navigators.... are they the ones that enrolled?

Mr.Stark
Mr.Stark

@DameCabbage Right, because cutting off millions of peoples healthcare plans so that 100,000 people can sign up for Obamacare is definitely a success...

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

@fhmadvocat 

No doubt that this website was mis-managed to the max.  Yes, Obama and his "team" need to be held accountable.  But for Issa to launch a crusade to find out why is blatantly disingenuous.

reallife
reallife

@barneydidit i think the comedy routine coming out of the white house is pretty funny. They doing a pretty good job making everybody laugh.

LOL

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

@barneydidit  

we had a viable replacement. it was called the government not getting involved in the private health sector

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

@hsv35801  

yes, let's vote out the guy who is critical of an incompetent administration completely failing to live up to their promise. forget holding the administration responsible, god forbid we do that. you obama apologists have you heads buried so far up your @sses it's pathetic

Openminded1
Openminded1

@BenSweeney No maybe the got one enrolled each. Everyone has a family member willing to help out.

jmac
jmac

@FreeToSpeakOut @grape_crush   Issa doesn't want the web site to work.   If you can't figure out that this guy is  poisonous to the Republican party, then you deserve him.   

BobJan
BobJan

@FreeToSpeakOut @BobJan  I didn't say Issa was the only rotten apple, did I? I agree that they all have lots of skeletons in the garage. But sometimes when it's appropriate to call the "kettle black" it's okay.

BobJan
BobJan

@#libtardedamerica @barneydidit and then we'd just continue with the 40 MILLION without and people being denied coverage. Yup, more of the same sh!t year after year. Gotta love those publicans.

barneydidit
barneydidit

@#libtardedamerica @barneydidit And that was working SO well lib....well...unless you were one of the 30 million or so that couldn't get insurance, or you didn't worry too much about the fact that that number was growing very year. 

hsv35801
hsv35801

And look who's name is libtardedmerica.  Grow the hell up!  Your ignorance & stupidity follows you around.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@SmoothEdward1 @BobJan It was settled to the satisfaction of the insurance company that found incendiary fluid all over the warehouse and drastically reduced payment.