Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Monday, December 02, 2013

The Fiat Fix for Obamacare

"A large number of installed systems work by fiat. That is, they work by being declared to work."

–Anatol Holt

The biographical particulars for the late polymath Anatol Holt are well beyond the scope of this posting.  I now shall only say by way of understatement that his personal and professional life was interesting and accomplished, and by way of disclosure that a number of years ago I carried on a correspondence with him and was on various occasions a guest in his home.

I have not found the source for the quote set forth above that is so widely attributed to him, but there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Tolly Holt in fact said and/or wrote it.

Tolly, you called that one correctly!  The Administration is now declaring its Obamacare website to be operational.  "[W]e believe we have met the goal of having a system that will work smoothly for the vast majority of users" is the quote now being bandied about the Internet.

And I have found the source for that one:  The final sentence of a Health & Human Services Report which seems to be missing a date.

The website is the least of the problems for Obamacare; it has just been fixed by fiat.  Obamacare has problems far, far more extensive than its website.  Money transfer, information security and availability will persist no matter how well the website works.  The problems ain't over yet, folks!

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