Obamacare Cheapshot: Republicans Use Cats to Rib ACA's Tech Pitfalls
NEW YORK (MainStreet) There's been no shortage of criticism about the tech problems plaguing Obamacare at Healthcare.gov, but this morning on his website, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) took a cheapshot at the kerfuffle in a BuzzFeed-style post: "8 Cats Who Called 1-800-ObamaCare but Still Couldn't Get Healthcare."
"According to Clay Johnson, a former member of President Obama's technology team, HealthCare.gov was created by a "sloppy" team of contractors," the website reads. "What's worse, these 'sloppy' contractors charged taxpayers half a billion dollars for a website that doesn't work."
As it tries to get the online Affordable Care Act exchanges to work, the Obama Administration has suggested that people sign-up by phone. That's where Issa went for the jugular.
"The Obama Administration has setup a 1-800 problem that will solve all your problems," the website ironically said. "Here's 8 cats who've struggled to signup for ObamaCare."
Playing on the LOlcat meme, the listicle-style post presents felines--ranging from the cute to the ferocious--in various states of despair over telephonic frustrations suffered when trying to get healthcare.
"O HAY...STILL ON HOLD," reads the text on a picture of a bored cat snuggled up with a flip phone.
The humor reaches its pinnacle in #2:
"I HAS A SAD," reads the caption on a picture of a white kitty. "KITTEH LOST RECEPTION."
Of course, as a colleague points out, Issa--who made his fortune in car alarms--is hardly one to throw stones for tech malfunctions.
--Written by Ross Kenneth Urken for MainStreet