A Website and A President

What is happening in the U.S. Government is rather amusing.

The most technologically savvy country in the world is not able to set up and run a website – HealthCare.Gov – though one should acknowledge it is a complex B2C Exchange, or a Marketplace for Insurance.

The President of the U.S. went public and claimed that the site would start operating from 1st November, but it did not work seamlessly for most Americans who wanted to check their status on Insurance and possibly select a new one. After spending hundreds of millions of dollars, the system is not able to handle the purpose for which it has been set up.

No wonder both parties are clamouring for heads to roll in the aftermath of this rather public disaster. But President Obama has resisted calls for action against individuals responsible for the site’s operation.

Though the new date for the full operation of the site is somewhere around end of November, the President is reticent about making a fresh public commitment, indicating he does not yet have full confidence.

The political cost for the President and the Democrats could be much higher than what is being perceived – the credibility of the Government and the Obamacare legislation is being questioned by people all over. The Republicans must now be laughing their way to the next elections, though they were equally burnt by the Stop Government campaign which failed recently.

The potential implications for the world will also not go unnoticed. With multiple foreign policy challenges facing the White House, and serious internal policy issues, the President can expect some rather tough time in the coming months.

In a recent interview with NBC News, the President said “I’ve been burned already with a website” – I have never heard such a statement from any minister or even a government bureaucrat, anywhere in the world. And this is the President of the U.S., mind you.

How the White House tackles this most serious problem affecting millions of Americans and how the Americans are able to leverage the website to buy insurance before end of March 2014, would determine where the President and the Democrats are headed. It is going to be rather interesting, as a website would now decide the fate of so many important people in the U.S., and also affect various other U.S. Government initiatives, and may be even foreign policy matters in terms of the priority allocated to them !

Welcome to the new world of power mongering websites !


Vijay Srinivasan
9th November 2013


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