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It takes a Potemkin Village to declare Mission Accomplished on Obamacare

It takes a Potemkin Village to declare Mission Accomplished on Obamacare

Yesterday the Obama administration declared Mission Accomplished on the website.

But the mission that was accomplished was something of a Potemkin Village — the “front end” has been improved to a lower level of failure. Taking the glass half-full approach, 80-90% of users will be able to use the website.

But that’s just the appearance side of the story. The “back end” still doesn’t work right and much of the system hasn’t even been built yet.

Add to that the sticker shock not only from premiums, but from outsized deductibles, and the declaration of Mission Accomplished is worthy of the Tsars and Tsarninas.

Here are some other historical references which may apply:

The website apparently processed 100,000 applications, although with the funny math used to define an “enrollee” it’s hard to know what that really means. In any event, that is 700,000 short of the goal and at that rate it would take years to enroll all who need to be.

(Featured Image source: The Key to Catherine’s Glory)

Update:  Reader Bruce sends along his previous post along simlar — but more technical — lines, Obamacare and the Potemkin Website.


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Hey, that bridge was safe WAY more than 90% of the time.

    Archer in reply to Ragspierre. | December 2, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I had a similar thought. is a website – a “product” – which is now supposed to work fine for the “vast majority” of users.

    That “vast majority” is now defined as 80-90%.

    Thought experiment: If Toyota released a new “product” (say, a re-designed Prius), which worked for 80-90% – the “vast majority” – of users but broke down for the rest, would that be considered a success story? “Mission Accomplished,” and “Keep Moving Forward”?

    I say, “Hell, no.” Any reasonably objective analysis of a product release would call that a dismal failure.

“You’re in good hands with AllPowerfulState.”

In the year 2525, if man is still alive
If woman can survive, they may find
In the year 3535 alive

Obama ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, only lie
Everything you think, do and say
Is in the vote you took yesterday

Now it’s been ten thousand years, man has cried a billion tears
For what, he never knew, Obamacare never came through.

(h/t Zager and Evans)

Here are five(5) hamburgers:

Only ONE of them will guarantee you get extremely sick and perhaps die.

Go ahead. Pick one. Eat it. Eat it! You HAVE to. It’s. The. Law.

Ever get the feeling the O-care site uses O-rings?

You can also use Pony Express, telegraph, smoke signals or drums.

“Six Days and Seven Nights” (the movie) has a scene after the plane crashes … she wants her money back. Harrison gives her half back, “I figure I got you half way”.

Obama does better than that … his site isn’t even “half way”, your rates will skyrocket, your deductible increases, you can’t keep your doctor or hospital … with the bonus that you might get your identity stolen. But he wants full payment … and you better smile when you pay.

All Heil the great Obama …
If you’re still alive … the system worked.

Well, happily/sadly many of us DO know what words mean.

We are not post-modernists. Ergo, we know when we are being lied to.

Cheer up, word is out Barry be goin’ to Persia next year, he wants to be a Mullet or something. Farsi I’m concerned they can keep his scrawny ass.

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to JP. | December 2, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Maybe Oh-bama fancies himself the Mahdi. What better way to ingratiate himself with the Mullahs than to bring down the Great Satan.

      And here everyone thought Amadadingding’jihad was crazy, waiting for the 12th guy.

      Showed them, ees comin’ home, mates..

      Henry Hawkins in reply to TrooperJohnSmith. | December 2, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Help me with something, given that foreign affairs and anything military are not my strong points…

      Iran has spent the past 30-40 years shouting “Death to America! Death to the Great Satan!” and not just some wahoos among their people – their government too.

      What if Barack ‘Balls of Nerf’ Obama goes to Tehran and they just take him hostage?

        Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | December 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm


          Henry Hawkins in reply to Ragspierre. | December 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm


          I knew I was offering both a real question and serving up a nice straight line and you popped it over the fence. Nice!

        rinardman in reply to Henry Hawkins. | December 2, 2013 at 1:53 pm

        What if Barack ‘Balls of Nerf’ Obama goes to Tehran and they just take him hostage?

        They’d probably blackmail us by threatening to let him go, if we don’t let’em have nukes.

          Henry Hawkins in reply to rinardman. | December 2, 2013 at 2:26 pm

          I’m actually serious. I don’t care what kind of security arrangements are made, if the Iranians want to take Obama, they can take Obama. All “The Ransom of Red Chief” jokes aside, think of what would ensue:

          Joe Biden becomes what… acting president and C-in-C? Yikes.

          The US government would be made to look like absolute fools and Iran would look like heroes to their allies.

          Though many nations would publicly denounce it, many would be quite happy about this, especially around the Middle East.

          The US government would have to make a decision about military action with an unclear and likely disjointed command structure. (Biden!)

          And irony of ironies, the closest serious military help for President Nerf Balls would be….. Netanyahu and Israel.

          I think the Iranians are just crazy enough to do something like this.

          Ragspierre in reply to rinardman. | December 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm

          Nuke ’em.

          THEN champagne…!!!


    The River in Egypt trick.

    Someone clued him in by saying: Sure go right ahead and if you think your Med Plan, kicked your ass, “you ain’t seen nothing yet”

    BUT you never know, with barry.

“Gigantism” is a term used to describe some giant projects used in Russia as propaganda for the great state. Obama does this constantly … but with grandiose promises that never get built. Cutting budget deficit in half, stopping the oceans’ rise, his red line, his glorious Muslim Brotherhood of peace in Egypt, and Obamacare.

Leonid Brezhnev announced the construction of the Baikal-Amur Mainline Railway, or BAM. This “Path to the Future” would prove to be the Soviet Union’s last flirt with socialist gigantism. The cost, poor planning, waste, and environmental damage associated with the construction of BAM’s 2,687 miles of track served as an allegory for the Soviet system as a whole. To say that the BAM, which was to serve as an alternative to the strategically vulnerable and aging Trans-Siberian Railway, was a colossal failure is a colossal understatement. It’s troubles linger even today.”

Obama has only been a destroyer, never a real builder (empty dreamer/hater rhetoric, and redistribution to his friends, don’t count as “building”). Obamaflop will be his legacy, and should scar all “hope and changers” for a generation or more.

What a joke… they’re now talking about 90% up-time. This would never be acceptable in the private sector where “non mission critical” business-to-business systems typically have 98%+ up-time requirements. Public facing systems (such as this one) often having up-time requirements measured “in nines” like “three nines” (99.9%) or “five nines” (99.999%).

The federal government is going to turn our healthcare industry into something that mirrors the DMV in terms of level of service. Conservatives have been screaming this from the roof-tops since they started the process of ramming this down our throats (or did it go up the other end?). Here’s hoping enough independents get the picture for the republicans to take over the senate and repeal this thing and sweep this lying scumbag marxist out of office in the process.

BannedbytheGuardian | December 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Hey leave Russia out of this . This is all yours.

They got 99 problems but bitch website ain’t one.

I have a relevant image collage to contribute:

Personally I’m surprised there aren’t more snarky Star Wars comparisons floating around.

Henry Hawkins | December 2, 2013 at 3:26 pm


Where’s Zach? There must be some authority for the president to redefine “accomplished.”

BannedbytheGuardian | December 2, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Zacko . He always said ‘We”. I be y’all get audited now.

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