Tin-foil hats at the ready as Obamanoids declare Koch brothers are behind healthcare glitches
Oct 22, 2013
Obama supporters are simply refusing to believe that Obamacare could be anything short of world beating, with many blaming the glitch ridden rollout of Healthcare.gov on a nefarious right wing conspiracy to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.
Many Obama supporters have taken to social media to float the notion that the Koch brothers, Charles G. and David H. Koch, the billionaire industrialists, are funding an army of techies and hackers to somehow infiltrate and take down the Healthcare.gov website.
Anyone wonder about sabotage in regard to the #ACA website? The Koch Bros certainly could fund a team of inside men writing faulty code.
— stormy malone (@StormyMalone) October 19, 2013
How many trolls r the Koch bros paying 2 clog up the ACA website? Repub governors refused 2 set up exchanges 2 forcing the Feds 2 to do it
— ptm (@WazzuCoug1975) October 23, 2013
Did Koch Bros pay off website contractors to sabotage launch of Affordable Care Act?
— SonjaleneLittlefield (@sonneyjo) October 21, 2013
Sabotage! RW overloaded http://t.co/8X50Lrcoos, jammed the website to bring it down! Koch fingerprints all over it!
— GeeGee (@GeeGeeAkili) October 18, 2013
@joshtpm Could the Koch Bros. have had a part in sabotaging the ACA website?
— Guy Arceneaux (@guyarceneaux) October 21, 2013
@samsteinhp Koch funded sabotage?
— @SpaceCoastLaw (@SpaceCoastLaw) October 13, 2013
Of course, there is no actual evidence, and the notion is based purely on the fact that Koch brothers-funded groups including Americans for Prosperity, Pacific Research Institute, and Center to Protect Patient Rights, have steadfastly opposed Obamacare, favoring a free-market approach.
If repubs are so anxious for Sebelius to testify abt #Obamacare glitches, so to should McConnell, Koch's & media on their sabotage attempts
— raemd95 (@raemd95) October 21, 2013
How do we know that the Koch machine did not pay pros to screw up the ACA website?
— Mary Ferrara (@nitemar31) October 21, 2013
— @SpaceCoastLaw (@SpaceCoastLaw) October 22, 2013
— Michele DuBois (@swannew) October 22, 2013
The conspiracy also extends to the GOP and the Tea Party, who, according to some Obama supporters, staged the government shutdown to distract from the monumental success that would otherwise have been the Obamacare launch.
@MotherJones Koch bros hired techy smart hackers 2 sabotage! GOP shutdown was to distract joy of PO promise 2 give Affordable Healthcare!
— Toni Genovese (@rubymagic) October 15, 2013
— Special C. (@sweetangelface) October 22, 2013
ACA is working. The sabotage from the Tea Pty, koch Bros and Jim Demint is not working. They are terrorists
— airbird9 (@airbird9) October 15, 2013
— airbird9 (@airbird9) October 15, 2013
The principal owners of Koch Industries, the second largest privately owned company in the United States, are often the target of strange left wing conspiracy theories because they plough a great deal of their money into conservative and libertarian policy and advocacy groups in the US, and routinely speak out against politicians and policies they deem to be anti free-market or free-enterprise.
If I were writing the Obamacare launch as a novel, it would turn out the Koch brothers hired someone to sabotage the ACA website #justsayin
— Jean Esselink (@Uncucumbered) October 22, 2013
— Tom Boston (@TomBoston5) October 21, 2013
If the Koch Brothers are this powerful, why didn’t they just sabotage the fucking election?
— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) October 23, 2013
Of course, these baseless theories do not take into account the fact that many experts involved with the construction of the Healthcare.gov website have revealed exactly why it is so riddled with glitches.
As reported by TechDirt, tech experts and those within the insurance industry who had access long before the failed launch of the website have said that the problems have arisen from the fact that, besides the $634,320,919 in taxpayer money that was invested to construct Healthcare.gov, the website was built by political cronies, rather than by Internet native companies and individuals with any experience of building and maintaining large-scale, public-facing web-based apps.
Robert Laszewski, a consultant with clients in the healthcare industry participating in the new exchange, said insurance companies were complaining “loudly” that the site had experienced problems before the launch. “People were pulling out their hair,” he told The Washington Post last week, also calling for a complete shutdown and rebuild, because “Things are worse behind the curtain than in front of it”.
The New York Times reported that Henry Chao, described as “the chief digital architect for the Obama administration’s new online insurance marketplace,” was “deeply worried about the web site’s debut” way back in March. Chao commented that he hoped Obamacare would not amount to “a third-world experience.”
It is now thoroughly documented that senior White House officials probably knew that the site was not ready when it was launched.
The firm that built the website, Canadian company CGI, has a long history of failures, cost overruns, and conflicts of interest, including canceled contracts to build health care databases in the provinces of Ontario and New Brunswick.
The company also failed to deliver on a contract for a hi-tech registry for the then-Liberal Canadian government’s gun control program. After going “significantly over budget” and failing to meet deadlines, the end product CGI supplied was faulty and never functioned correctly.