How many lines of code did it take to build a non-functioning healthcare website? If you answered “more than everything else, by a lot" you’d be getting warm.
This is what so many people don’t understand (I didn’t ‘til M. explained it to me!).
Healthcare.gov is easily one of the biggest things anyone has ever tried to build on the internet.
And I hate that Fox and Friends and yes, even people like Jon Stewart and NPR, are equating its troubles with the success or failure of “Obamacare.”
It’s one piece of it. A piece that will get ironed out. It’s a fucking website. (We’ve all been there, amiright tumblr?)
And if we are going to blame Obama for something (and we should!) let’s blame him for what I consider the biggest mistake of his presidency, by a mile: not insisting on single-payer. (Uh, not even proposing it!)
…aka assuming the GOP had any interest whatsoever in “debate,” “compromise,” etc.
…aka not taking advantage of the goddamn mandate he was given.
…aka living in a little bit of a fantasy world.
He ended up negotiating with himself before he even left the gate, and that was a massive error.
The GOP are nihilists, never forget it.
But the problems with the website? Not even a historical footnote.
In the 1980s, New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio traveled to Nicaragua. With the election looming, the media is recalling his activism, which, like mine, was derided at the time as ‘idealistic’ and ‘naive.’
Of all the extraordinary things about de Blasio’s imminent landslide, what I find most personally compelling is that he is, like no other major political candidate ever, our people.
I’ve written a bit about the trips my dad took to Managua when I was a kid, once bringing me for an extended stay — a trip documented (quite charmingly) on the evening news. The country holds special significance to our family. It’s the place where we met Shelley, now my adopted mom, a place we’ve returned to again and again over the years.
Even after Shelley moved back to the States, she worked for the FSLN newspaper, Barricada, and when we moved to San Francisco to be with her, I remember stuffing approximately one zillion envelopes in the Barricada office (something the children of the revolution need never do again, god bless the internet). When de Blasio’s name rose to national prominence in this election, it instantly rang a bell — turns out he was a Barricada subscriber, and really, there couldn’t have been many — and that kind of blows my mind.
Anyway, my dad sent me this article recently. Written by an American volunteer they knew in Nicaragua, it gives a good background of what was going on down there — incidentally, ground also covered by Salman Rushdie in Jaguar Smile. For me, though, the Nicaraguan revolution is a story of grudgingly eating arroz con frijoles in exchange for new shoes and dancing every day in the rain….