Saturday, October 26, 2013

Guest Post: Another Scandal Brewing?

Another Scandal Brewing?
Colonel Donald J. Myers USMC (Ret)
It has now been three weeks and the ObamaCare program continues to be a disaster. The law was signed into effect over three years ago, so it isn't that there was little time to create a program. Creating countless computer systems has been a hallmark in our country. We have led the way and even put a man on the moon. Why was a Canadian company selected for this key task rather than an American one? Could it be that the Senior Vice President of that company, Toni Townes- Witney, is a 1985 graduate of Princeton University and a member of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni much like Michelle Obama. That company also donated $47 million to Obama's campaign. I have yet to hear any questions concerning this.

So far, it appears that pre-testing and rehearsals of this program did not occur until only days before its opening. We spent over six hundred millions dollars implementing this disaster and so far, no one has been held accountable. If this had happened in any other type of organization outside of the government, heads would roll.

We are now told that the president was not aware that this was going to be a disaster. This is the same president that did not know anything about the IRS, Fast and Furious, and NSA scandals until they surfaced, Who is in charge? I spent most of my adult life in the military where the commanding officer was responsible for everything the command did or did not do. We have seen numerous officers relieved of command over the past several years because they did not perform properly. That does not seem to apply in our government.

The ObamaCare will assume control of 1/6 of our economy. We are talking about hundreds of billions of dollars, but more importantly we are talking about our health system that is the envy of the world. If they can not develop a system for signing up, what will they do to the medical portion of the program? Each day, we read about more people being told that their medical insurance has been canceled. In Florida, it is over three hundred thousand people as of this date. insurance companies are taking actions to remain in business and are anticipating the effects of ObamaCare.

It seems that the people who designed this program were amateurs. I am an amateur when it comes to computers, but when I have a problem, I call in an expert and the problem disappears in a matter of minutes. Could it be that there are so few individuals in this administration who have ever done anything other than teach or be in government positions that they have absolutely no idea about how anything works? What is worse, they have no idea about what type of questions to ask. There is a world of difference between theory and real life.

Donald J. Myers a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, is a regular columnist for Hernando Today. He lives in Spring Hill and can be contacted at

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