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November 13, 2013

HHS: We Can't Tally A Sequence Of Positive Integers

But We Can Still Totally Make Your Private Health Decisions For You

So this multimillion dollar piece of sophisticated programming can't count customer transactions. The way even the cheapest and most basic Casio cash register does. Okay.

Yes, it's obviously a lie: but it's a lie that still shatters any claim they may have to elementary competence. First, because they are claiming they can't count. Ouch. I want them to handle my complex insurance?

But also the lie itself is an act of incompetence at covering butt. Because it is far worse than telling the truth about how messed up everything is.

The big Obamacare website story about how everything is f*cked up is already out there. It's making the rounds and is generally well-understood. One cannot ruin a flaming train wreck more. Better to say the site is not functioning. That would be believable and really not change the situation too much, while buying some time.

But no, HHS says things are going swimmingly and decides to invent this story about just not being able to sum up the number of actual sales. The way a child running a lemonade stand can.

It's counting. Nothing fancy. 1, 2, 3...follow the trend here. We have machines for this, but we don't really need them.

How about asking the financial agent that processes the money? Usually these places are pretty good about counting transactions. You could say it is a vital part of their core mission.

The truth must be worse than we can imagine, if it produced this embarrassing display of flopsweat.

Thanks to John E.

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