In an interview on This Week With George Stephanopoulos Mark Zuckerberg refused to confirm the myth that the media has been perpetuating that the problems with the Healthcare.gov website mean that Obamacare is a failure and nothing can be done to save it.
David Wright asked him, “And there’s the program where the president himself admits the government blew it, big time. The troubled website, healthcare.gov. What advice would you have for the president on his poor website?”
The objective, of course was to have one of the webs best known billionaire entrepreneurs confirm what the media have been insinuating since the website came online on October 1, that the problems with the site proved that the law wasn’t working and never would work. They have been running with the Republican talking point for nearly two months and Wright saw this as a golden opportunity to get someone whose fortune was made on the internet to verify once and for all that the law was DOA.
He was disappointed when Zuckerberg did not take the bait.
“You know, sometimes stuff doesn’t work when you want it to. We’ve certainly had plenty of mistakes and things that haven’t worked the way that we want to. The right thing here is just to keep on focusing on building the service that you think is right in the long-term.”
One need not be an website designer to know that what Zuckerberg says is true. One only need to have minimal experience working with a computer to know that sometimes things don’t go quite right, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the problems are insurmountable.
The website has been being worked on and the bugs are being worked out, it is already much better than it was when it first went live a little less than eight weeks ago and it is getting better every day. People have been signing up and will continue to sign up. Jeffrey Zients who is overseeing the fix has promised that by the end of November the site will be handling 50,000 users at any given time, it is already working much better than it was initially.
Not only was Zuckerberg right about the website, but the problems with the site have nothing to do with reforming health care in this country, only in enrolling those whose states have refused to enroll them, even the states having problems with their own websites are successfully enrolling people. In the end the Republicans and the media outlets that are carrying their water are the ones who will be left with egg on their faces.
Watch Zuckerberg’s two sentence smack down in the video below.
h/t: Politicus USA