RUSH: There’s a story out from Forbes magazine today: “Obamacare’s Website is Crashing Because It Doesn’t Want You to Know How Costly the Plans Are.” That’s the headline of the piece. “A growing consensus of [information technology] experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s … exchange is crashing. HealthCare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping.
“This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible for subsidies. [Health and Human Services] bureaucrats knew this would make the website run more slowly. But they were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away.” What these people are saying is that the slowdown and the near shutdown is actually somewhat purposeful.
In order to keep people at this stage, first days, early days implementation, from learning what it’s actually going to cost them. If that’s true, I totally understand it. “[T]hey were more afraid that letting people see the underlying cost of Obamacare’s insurance plans would scare people away,” and force them out of the system and not sign up. “The answer is…” This is a pulled quote from the story: