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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Can the geeks fix Obama’s flawed cure-all? -- By Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times

The Marx Brothers tend to Margaret Dumont's medical needs in a scene from "A Day at The Races"Computer bugs are doing what Ted Cruz couldn't do. They've crashed Obamacare. Barack Obama has put in a panic call to the Geek Squad. Maybe they can fix it.

This time the Republicans should stand back and watch the sparks fly and listen to the static on the Democratic radio. There's no need to view with alarm or point with pride. If John Boehner and Mitch McConnell want to do something nice, they could send over a few dozen doughnuts and a big pot of latte. The geeks have to take a lunch. Fixing this turkey will require a full day's work.

The president's men (and the ladies) say they're calling on "the best and the brightest" of Silicon Valley to give the website a root canal. The Department of Health and Human Services — it's the "human" part that is the root of the problem — won't say what's wrong with the system, only that the website needs "a new code that includes bug fixes." Most people say it needs a new health care plan and a new website. Other computer geeks — who sound like they know what they're talking about, but how do the rest of us know? — insist the problem is fundamental, that the designers of the website used 10-year-old software schemes. Ten years in computer years is a calculation from two centuries back, and for all a computer would know, Matthew Brady sent his photographs from Gettysburg on an Apple IIE, working on DOS with only 64 kilobytes. That sounds like the Obamacare site, and how can anyone fix that?

Nancy Pelosi tried to warn us. She said there were no congressmen who could read the thousands of pages in the bill, but told her colleagues not to worry: "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it." So Congress passed it, without a worry and without a single Republican vote, and now we're finally finding out what's in it.

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