Imagine this scenario.

A repairman wipes his hands on a rag, glances at your bathroom, and announces, “I’ve fixed your faucet.”

You go to the sink, turn the cold spigot, and sludge comes out – thick and brown.

“This isn’t fixed,” you say, trying to turn the handle to stop the flow.

“You told me your faucet was blocked? It runs now, doesn’t it?”

You wouldn’t be very happy.  Just because something is functional, it doesn’t mean it’s delivering what you need it to deliver.

Such is the case with the much trumpeted “fix” of, the Obama administration’s most epic public embarrassment.  Eight weeks after the launch of Obamacare, the White House announced its online insurance marketplace is now fixed.  In October, America chattered, laughed, and lamented when the site spectacularly crashed as just a few thousand people tried to log on. This weekend, Jeff Zients — the poor administrator overseeing system repairs – said the site can handle 50,000 users at a time and has corrected what a Department of Health and Human Services report described as “hundreds of software bugs, insufficient hardware and infrastructure.” The website supposedly works for the “vast majority” of Americans seeking to enroll in coverage, which the government indicates is about 80% of applicants.  Of course, when CNN went to test the new and improved website, the system crashed on live television after the reporter entered his state.

But let’s be honest here.

Read the rest of my article on American Spectator here.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.