Tag: purpose of power

What Is HealthCare.gov For?


Healthcare.gov was hacked. Of course it was. The website’s lax security has been known since before the launch date (if you can call it that). HHS tells us the “website was not specifically targeted,” so I guess we’re supposed to be reassured that those responsible didn’t mean to break into the website, they just happened to stumble across it on a stroll through IP address space.

Forcing the entire population to buy health insurance is a massive task, a job which sounds like something a broadly functional website might be well-suited for. However, its failure was inevitable from the moment of its conception: it was created for compliance with the law and its subsequent enforcement, not to provide a helpful and secure service to customers, any more than self-driving cars were created to finish your crossword puzzle.