Obamacare’s bold vision turns murky
Goals of health reform act downsized, promises broken
The Obama administration promised to have the Obamacare website working smoothly by Saturday, but even President Obama knows this latest deadline is another target that his team is likely to miss.
Only about 25,000 Americans were able to enroll on the federal government’s HealthCare.gov website in October, when most people instead encountered computer errors. And although Mr. Obama and his top advisers vowed to fix the problems by the end of November, they have retreated from that pledge in favor of a scaled-back promise by Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the website will be working for “most users” by Saturday’s deadline.
This week, administration officials acknowledged they are holding back on a marketing campaign for the program because they don’t want too many users to visit the flawed site. And HHS also revealed this week that the Spanish-language version of HealthCare.gov still isn’t ready to enroll people; HHS is postponing that service again until sometime in December.
The administration also Wednesday announced another