Sometimes there is literally only one word that can be used to describe a politician. In the case of Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) that word is “stupid.”
There is just simply no other way to describe Burgess’ explanation to a CNN host as to why web traffic was so high the first couple of days that the Obamacare exchanges were open, not to mention his reasoning for the site’s performance issues, including crashes, glitches and any of the normal tech-related issues you’d expect from rolling out a few dozen new websites the same day with tons of traffic.
For most of us, that in and of itself is enough to explain the relatively minor hiccups the Affordable Care Act has seen on the technical side since the exchanges opened on October 1st, 2013. For Rep. Burgess though — it was a simple matter of (stupid) math.
According to Burgess, the reason for all the traffic was simple: members of the media, Congress and their staff logging onto the site to check it out. “I think if you subtract out members of Congress and their staff and reporters who called in those first 48 hours, the numbers will be considerably lower,” Burgess said.
Rather than waste a lot of time setting this video up, we’d just like to point out that the exchanges got millions and millions of hits the last two days. There are only 535 members of Congress, and each staff member would have to click “refresh” a few hundred-thousand times for Burgess’ claim to even be remotely true.
Then again, when were “facts” and “math” ever the strong suit of any TEApublican?