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Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
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User Rank: Apprentice
11/11/2013 | 2:24:22 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
Perhaps it's because I'm in the UK where healthcare is available free to everyone, but I don't get why Americans think healthcare should be a privilege afforded to the rich. Surely everyone should be cared for. Obamacare always sounds like something that the US should have implemented years ago to care for it's people at all levels of society.
Michael Endler
Michael Endler,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/10/2013 | 5:39:39 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
Maybe it's just me, but stuff like this doesn't seem helpful. There's so much opposition to the Affordable Care Act, yet all of the criticism focuses on wrecking the legislation, not on workable alternatives. Opponents can howl about the website or the health care law in general-- but unless these assertions are accompanied by viable plans, they're really about partisan obstructionism, not about making anything better. I mean, I hear some people talk about Obamacare as though the current system isn't a complete and total disaster. It is a disaster. Until more people within the "destroy Obamacare" camp have a workable alternative (and I've seen nothing productive out of this camp), I see all these protests as part of the problem.

Think of it this way: When the Occupiers camped out without any kind of plan, the far Right was only too happy to blast them for their lack of vision-- that is, the Occupiers basically wanted to point out problems without offering solutions. Is what's going on in this case, with respect to Obamacare, really so different?
User Rank: Apprentice
11/9/2013 | 4:02:52 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
Hackers don't need to threaten destruction of the Obamacare website...

It's entirely clear that the Obamacare website is going to destroy the Obamacare website without any outside assistance.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/9/2013 | 4:00:39 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
Argentina's universal health care is awesome. As a "rich foreigner" when I had to go to the emergency room there, I paid an extra $20 to skip to the head of the line to see a doctor, bypassing a wait time of around 6-8 hours.

The great thing about universal health care is that you actually get two systems... the "universal system" where the masses of humanity are trapped and an elite no-waiting system of the highest quality that the rich use.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Ninja
11/8/2013 | 11:28:54 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
Once you have more than 100 people on it, I wouldn't be surprised if it falls down on its own.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/8/2013 | 10:46:05 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
When I first read the title "Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website", I thought they were doing us a favor.
I bet hackers don't do something like that on websites from Canada, Great Britain or Argentina. (Just to mention a few countries with universal health care)
Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/8/2013 | 10:42:07 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
Creative destruction!
User Rank: Apprentice
11/8/2013 | 9:01:04 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
The old Pogo cartoon strip had it right - "We have met the enemy, and it is us."
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/8/2013 | 7:20:59 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
destroy the website to save it
User Rank: Apprentice
11/8/2013 | 6:55:59 PM
re: Hackers Threaten Destruction Of Obamacare Website
A terrible idea and one that will backfire. In this country there's a fine, constitutional way to change the government. It's called voting. It actually works quite well. You may not always like the results, but the American democracy is designed for that, with checks and balances that can limit the damage from any one election.
DDOS attacks on public Web sites, in contrast, are simply vandalism. That is not the American way.
All they would achieve here would be to take the heat off the administration for poor Web site performance. I'm not sure why you would want to take a site off the air when, without any help from hackers, it has blotted the administration's reputation. If it fails because of a DDOS attack, guess who gets off the hook, and who will even get sympathy.
The spotlight will shift instead away from the administration's failures and on to any of its vociferous opponents, including people in Congress, who consider Obamacare an evil that must be rooted out at any cost. They will be suspect, rightly or wrongly, for abetting a cyberattack on government systems and they will face a lot of pressure to disavow and condemn the attackers, creating a major distraction from their primary message.
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