It’s a shame the government couldn’t get healthcare.gov to work properly. People waiting and then getting thrown out, having to log back in. What a pain in the butt! They tell us we have to get insurance and then the damned website won’t work. Except even the Washington Post couldn’t find all bad with the system. As a matter of fact she managed to find some places it was working pretty damned well. Like California. You know, the land of fruits and nuts.
Here’s the thing, since when did something work correctly right out of the box on a computer? I write contracts and take listings on a system called WinForms. It’s provided to me for free through the California Association of Realtors. And it runs like yesterday’s dog crap. Yesterday I couldn’t get it to take a buyer’s name on a counter offer. I dickered with it for 30 minutes. On a counter that should have taken 5 minutes total to put together. I could have typed it on a goddamned Selectric in less time.
I didn’t go to the media. I didn’t call CAR to complain about their shitty system that I’m stuck with. I didn’t even try to call WinForms. I did a couple of restarts. I opened the program a couple of times and a muddled through. If I hadn’t been on a time crunch I would have come back and done it later.
So I say to all of the people who are wetting themselves over the glitches in healthcare.gov, are you just as boisterous when Microsoft shows you the blue screen of death? Are you just as up in arms when your ISP goes down? Do you even know what an ISP is?
That’s the thing. It’s Obama’s flagship legislation and it’s government so it’s automatically bad. Except it’s not. It’s going to take some tweeks but when it’s all said and done, every new system does. If you’ve ever rolled out something new, you know the first couple of weeks is nightmarish. I am just disgusted that the news is giving these asshats traction. Their job is to report, not to create the news. Cronkite and the Huntley Brinkley Report are all gone. They are probably all rolling in their graves.
Good night, and good luck.