The Norman Transcript

Columns

October 26, 2013

Response not strange

NORMAN — Maybe, as President Obama and his sycophants keep insisting, everything will be just fine with the Obamacare website, healthcare.gov, in a few weeks or a few months. Ten years from now, when everybody’s getting gold-plated health care and paying next to nothing for it, who will remember a few “glitches” at the start?

Still, it makes one wonder … If this truly is the president’s signature achievement, doesn’t it seem a bit strange that, with three and a half years and $400 million to get this website ready, it wasn’t a higher priority?

Doesn’t it seem a bit strange that, three weeks into what even his most adoring media supporters are calling a “fiasco” or worse, the president was suddenly talking about a “tech surge,” about bringing in the “best and brightest” inside and outside of government? If he can do it now, why not three years ago?

Does President Obama really expect a nation of 99 percent regular people to believe him when he says that “nobody is more frustrated than I am,” about the catastrophic dysfunction of a website – never mind an entire health insurance market — that he has been promising government will run ever so much better than the private sector?

This is a guy who will get the best health care in the world for the rest of his life. He won’t have to sign up for anything. He will never have to sit in front of a computer and look at error messages, or be told to “try again later,” or to call an 800 number that will be busy. He is forever a member of the 1 percent. Yet he’s telling us this is tougher on him than the rest of us. Can he be serious?

Doesn’t it seem a bit strange when the president assembles the press to tell them there is “no excuse” for such an abysmal failure, yet nobody gets fired? Nobody gets called out as incompetent? Nobody’s pay gets docked? The contractor doesn’t get dumped?

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • Norman Forward builds momentum

    The quiet campaign to build momentum for a citywide public works project is beginning to attract some attention....

    July 20, 2014

  • Tax those trees out of here

    I read your editorial “Pesky red cedars” in the Norman Transcript of Tuesday, July 15, 2014. I have attended two meetings where the problem of the eastern red cedar trees was discussed. Because of the drought conditions in Oklahoma, we ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Make gun safety a health issue

    Quick, are you more likely to die by a bullet or in a car crash? Common sense would seem to suggest the latter. Cars are everywhere. We are an auto-obsessed nation. To be American is to drive — everywhere. Teenagers itch to get behind the ...

    July 20, 2014

  • They just want to be free ... maybe

    Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdistan region, rattled many cages this month when he announced in parliament that the KRG would be moving ahead soon on a referendum on independence from Iraq. If Kurdistan goes ahead ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Congress must accelerate solutions

    Congress has roused itself, at the last minute, and now is scrambling to save the Highway Trust Fund. Better late than never. Better still will be if lawmakers agree to come up with the money to prevent the fund from becoming insolvent. ...

    July 20, 2014

  • The heavy burden of college aid

    Return on investment is a clear measure of what you get for your money. Incredibly, the federal government doesn’t apply that simple concept to the $137 billion a year it spends on college financial aid....

    July 19, 2014

  • James bears weight of Cav’s dreams

    LeBron James has done it all on a basketball court. He’s a great scorer, rugged defender, proven big-play leader and champion. But that might not be enough in Cleveland, where he’ll also need the powers of Merlin the Magician....

    July 17, 2014

  • Steve Boaz.jpg Breathing Rhythm Studio a center for creativity

    Recording engineer Steve Boaz has brought his musical ambitions to fulfillment in a downtown Norman studio.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Matt Lauer is so last century

    How about we rename “The Today Show” the “Yesterday Show” since host Matt Lauer asks questions from 1953? Isn’t what Lauer asked GM CEO Mary Barra about whether she’ll do “well” at being simultaneously an executive and a mom about, oh, 30 ...

    July 14, 2014

  • Religion’s role shrinking

    Surveying the response to last month’s Hobby Lobby decision, I was struck by a comment from progressive Massachusetts senator and possible Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren....

    July 12, 2014