The year was 1961. We had driven from our apartment in Lodi, N.J. to check on the progress of our new house, being built on a hill in Bloomingdale. The roads hadn’t been paved yet. The grade up Jeffrey Drive (spelled “Jeffrey” at the bottom and “Jeffery” at the top) was so steep that the pavers had to build a hairpin turn for cars to scale it. Still a dirt road, our station wagon struggled through the mud to gain the summit, getting stuck several times in the process.
One at the top, the road wound around a cliff edge. As we progressed along Knolls Road, the houses were in progressively early stages of building. I can still recall their wooden frames. Our house was not yet in the construction phase. A mammoth boulder that the builder was unable to blast away was at issue. My mother, well-versed in the construction trade, came to discuss the matter, examine the blueprints for the house, and decided whether she would settle for a half-cellar or insist on destroying the boulder.
The problem was, the frame of the house next door was already up. Blasting would destroy it. Mom decided to settle for a half-cellar. Obama has no qualms at all about blowing up other people’s houses.
In some ways, constructing a house is easier than constructing a website. Some yards of lumber, some nails, screws, saws, ladders and other tools, and you’re set. Constructing a house takes knowledge and care. The biggest mistakes are usually made in the foundation and when they are, they’re usually found too late, resulting in disastrous delays.
Obamacare was three years in planning and construction (not to mention selling to the public). Bureaucrats, not legislators, designed it, with little consideration for the logistics of the website that would gather information from every American. They were the big-thinkers, the social engineers. They left the details to the computer programmers. Like the autocrats they are, they never bothered to listen to the programmers who were trying to describe what an impossibly massive project this was, how long it would take to complete (if ever), and all the problems it entailed.
The road to Obamacare has turned out to be a steep, slippery, muddy road. Obama is stuck on the lower portion of Jeffrey Drive. The public has learned that the name changes up at the top of the hill, and they have to try to navigate a hairpin turn worthy of Pikes Peak before they can reach it. When they get to the Obamacare House, after winding around an unpaved fiscal cliffside road, with a steep drop on the passenger side, they’ll find that the frame of the house isn’t even up yet and that a massive boulder (Medicaid) is obstructing the construction of the foundation.
Obama, ever the indefatigable social engineer, has been happily blasting away at the rock of the U.S. Constitution. He coolly issues detrimental, unconstitutional Executive Orders the way experienced blasters plant fuses into rocks. He’s vowed that nothing is going to get in the way of the execution of Obamacare. Only, someone has seen or guessed his plans. Someone has taken the drive up the Jeffrey Drive of the Affordable Care Act and found it really is renamed Obamacare at the top. The sign is changed and it’s a different health care system than the plan Americans were frog-marched into, one dominated by a single payer – the U.S. Government. The buyers are having second thoughts and Obama has had to double-down on his salesmanship because his numbers have plummeted – a 37 percent approval rating.
The news, according to Glenn Beck’s The Blaze is that a large portion of the error-riddled, multimillion dollar federal health insurance exchange system has not even been built yet, according to a senior official involved in the construction of the website.
“The revelation came Tuesday during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on the possible security risks surrounding healthcare.gov.
“The committee’s been reviewing materials that indicate that some parts of healthcare.gov were not completed before the launch, as we’ve discussed here,” Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) said. “What portion of the website remained to be created when you launched on October 1st?”
“’I don’t have an exact percentage,’” said Henry Chao, deputy chief information officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “’I look at it in terms of overall marketplace systems. I think it was a set of priority functions that needed to be in place.
“’Well, how much do we have to build today?’ Gardner pressed.
“’Just an approximation, we’re probably sitting somewhere between 60 and 70 percent,’ Chao said.
“’Sixty to 70 percent that needs to be built still?’ Gardner said.
“’We still have to build the payment systems to make payments to issuers in January,’ the Obamacare official said before adding, ‘the online application, verification, determination, plan compare, getting enrolled, generating enrollment transaction – that’s 100 percent there.’
“’But the entire system is 60 to 70 percent away from being complete?” Gardner asked.
“’There’s the back office systems, the accounting systems, the payment systems … they still need to be done,’ Chao said.
“Chao, not disputing the figure, said the 60 to 70 percent that has yet to be built would be tested ‘in the exact same manner we tested everything else.’
“’But here’s something: Later in the hearing, Chao referred to the remaining 30 to 40 percent of the system that has yet to be built.
“Perhaps he flipped the percentages in his head? This would seem strange considering Gardner repeatedly pressed him on the 70 percent figure.”
The massive boulder that is obstructing Obamacare, figuratively speaking, is our country’s foundation, the U.S. Constitution. What he is trying to build is so massive, so complicated, and so all-encompassing that the programmers have yet – after three years – to find a way to make it work.
Even if they do finally get the system to work, it won’t be what we were told it would be, a limited free-market insurance exchange. That’s what the sign says at the bottom of the hill. Up at the top, the name of the road is Single-Payer Lane. Eventually, they’ll get the road paved.
But Jeffrey/Jeffery Drive is no easier to climb in the winter months, when the ice and snow comes. For the young and healthy, the transition from free market insurance to a government-run health insurance program will be relatively easy, if also incredibly expensive. For those in the winter of life, it will be a long, hard struggle up that twisting mountain road, and an unstoppable, icy slide down.