Weekly Standard’s John McCormack on Failed Obamacare Rollout

October 22, 2013

The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack spoke with Fox News’ Jon Scott Tuesday morning about the failed Obamacare rollout.

On Monday, Jay Carney announced new technicians have been summoned to fix the glitches on the Obamacare website. Scott asked McCormack why those technicians were not originally brought in. McCormack responded that the website is not plagued by just a few glitches, but rather the entire website is broken. The website was supposed to be able to handle traffic of 50,000 to 60,000 people at a time, but crashed after only a few hundred people accessed it simultaneously.

Another grave problem with the Obamacare rollout is that the Supreme Court ruled it is legal and constitutional to require Americans to have health insurance by February 15th or they will face a $95 fine or 1% of their income, whichever is greater. McCormack reiterated a point made by Republicans: it is unreasonable to expect Americans to pay a fine for a product they cannot access on the website.

Scott said that thousands of Americans have lost their private insurance policies because "they don’t comport with the requirements of Obamacare." McCormack explained that the number of Americans losing their private insurance policies is "skyrocketing."

The lack of accessibility to the website and the stringent regulations imposed by Obamacare will likely result in thousands of Americans losing their private health insurance.