Political Issues, Science & Technology
Mars One is a non-profit organization with plans to establish a permanent human colony on Mars by 2023. The private spaceflight project is led by Dutch entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, and will launch four volunteer astronauts on a one-way flight to Mars in 2022. The historic journey will be documented for a reality show set to broadcast around the clock.
The four lucky astronauts will be selected from a pool of more than 200,000 applicants, all whom are vying for the chance to rocket to the red planet where they will face a hostile, barren environment, where temperatures plummet to -238*F. Their lives will be televised, every minute, until they die on the martian surface, with no way to ever return to Earth.
Sounds pretty extreme to most, however, the 200,000 applicants still outnumber those who have actually enrolled in the illustrious Affordable Care Act – often referred to as Obamacare – by an order of 6 to 1.
A measly 36,000 American citizens have actually signed up for the healthcare exchange.
With that said, many more have TRIED to enroll. Millions more.
A recent report, based on the findings of the Millward Brown Digital research firm, showed 9.47 million unique visitors to the federal Affordable Healthcare Act website during the first week, including 3.72 million who entered the registration area, 1 million successfully registering and only 36,000 who fully completed enrollment.
The website and system has been three years in the making and yet it still failed miserably – and continues to do so – in much the same way that the entire plan will miserably fail. To say that this “healthcare” scheme is armed robbery and a looting of the American insurance system is putting it nicely.
Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski said in a letter to the White House, “This system … cost more than $400 million, took three years to build, and was billed as a one-stop shop for individuals seeking health insurance is not working as advertised.” “In its first two weeks of operation, I am told that no one was able to enroll in the Alaska Exchange,” Murkowski wrote.
“The administration is not wrong in saying that there’s been a lot of problems with signing up. But it’s incorrect to say that’s the only problem,” an insurance industry official told CNN. “That’s not the only issue at hand.”
The other, glaring problem… the elephant in the room, if you will, is the notion that if these power players can not set up a network capable of handling large volumes of traffic over the course of three years and half a billion dollars, what qualifies them to implement, manage, and audit this very complex healthcare program over the next three years? How many future errors and wasted money will be involved?
If Mars One can successfully build a website to handle millions of visitors, as well as allow them to fill out lengthy forms and upload a video of themselves for consideration, why can the American government not do the same with a $400 million budget?
Former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs had harsh words for the administration, saying the October 1st rollout was “bungled badly.”
“I hope they’re working day and night to get this done, and when they get it fixed, I hope they fire some people that were in charge of making sure this thing was supposed to work,” Gibbs said Monday on MSNBC.
Statements such as these, even though they sound as if they are directed at the Administration, actually stand to serve the White House, and Robert Gibbs is a trained house dog when it comes to these elitist statements. If they White House “leaked” a story about several senior IT officials being fired over the bungling of the launch, then all is forgiven and forgotten. The mainstream media can move on to the next non-story because “justice was served” and “those responsible have been terminated.”
As for the entire idea of government-mandated healthcare insurance, and the impending collapse of the entire insurance industry, I’ll leave that for another article.
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