Obamacare Website Demands Customers Re-register To “Fix” Broken System

Trying to use the Obamacare web system is like being tossed into a Hieronymus Bosch painting, which often shows people being presented with various views of the edges of Hell, and then being pushed by demons over those edges and into the fires. The open-mouthed guy in this case is a metaphor for an endlessly ravenous government program that simply does not work.
After using, or attempting to use, the Obamacare federal website for over a week now, I can report to you that as of this morning (October 9, 2013), the website has condensed its problems into what looks like a very bad joke.

Given that the site has repeatedly informed me I have no active account, or it cannot figure out where it is—even though I received email confirmation I did have an account—I decided to reregister and see if that did any good.

While the registration pages loaded more quickly, and without any pre-registration wait this morning, there was a funny little surprise waiting for me at the end.

Once again, I made it to the email notice of my registration, and I clicked the link emailed to me to validate my account—I did this within about 15 seconds of getting the email.

The Obamacare system, however, demands that users perform according to its idea of validation scheduling. I was informed by the system that, because I had not more quickly clicked on the validation link in the email, my registration information had been thrown away, and now I was forced to start over—once again.

One of the numerous error-message pages on Obamacare.fuckyou (or .gov), that all seem to work just fine. Oops, you were stupid enough to think Obamacare was a good idea, or even just an idea that could be peddled to the people without forcing them to all become free beta testers—fuckheads. When you expose people to this kind of abuse—because you are coercing them to buy something they don't even want—you are cementing the idea in their minds of government as a big, stupid, giant that loves to crap all over people. And that isn't actually the feeling you want to be peddling if you expect "participation" to be maximized.
Later, reading this article at Ars Technica, I found buried in it, an answer to what is really going on:
“[P]otential registrants talking to phone support today have been told that all user passwords are being reset to help address the site's login woes. And the tech supports behind Healthcare.gov will be asking more users to act in the name of fixing the site, too. According to registrants speaking with Ars, individuals whose logins never made it to the site's database will have to re-register using a different username, as their previously chosen names are now stuck in authentication limbo.”
So, that’s it. My user name is stuck in authentication limbo, which Wikipedia tells me comes from an idea in the Catholic Church, meaning: “the edge of Hell”.

Uh-huh. That might be a good nickname for Obamacare, or certainly the website system meant to peddle it to the people.

The above-linked article, as well as this Washington Post article, go into some details about concerns that federal oversight groups, such as the GAO, and also participating insurers observing the web system’s progress, previously had about the obviously inept work of CGI, the company responsible for programming the federal Obamacare website, and many of the state exchange websites as well.

One big concern was that cost overruns were going to be required to bring the project in on time and working properly. As it is, just on the federal website project, CGI pocketed $93.7 million of American taxpayer money. That’s one expensive lemon, huh? Will the government have to pay CGI even more money to make lemonade?

Further, there were explicit concerns stated about the ability of the contractors to deliver what seemed a fairly straightforward web experience. The WaPo article quotes John Engates, chief technology officer at service provider RackSpace:
“I think that any modern Web company would be well prepared for a launch of this scale...We’re not talking about hundreds of millions of people and we’re not talking about complex transactions. This isn’t downloading full movies off of Netflix. The question I have is: Did they have enough time to prepare and did the people doing the work know what they were doing?”
Clearly, whatever costs were absorbed by the American people in funding this disaster, they were either insufficient, or the choice of contractors on the project was clearly a bad one.

In any case, massive amounts of time and money being wasted by the American people just trying to use the online system of the “better idea” have to now be added to whatever money Congress allocated to bringing the Obamacare mess to the market—or anyway to the web (sort of, not really yet).

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