Yeah, this isn't good. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is proactively begging for forgiveness for glitches in Obamacare's rollout. It's just like when Apple releases a new product, right?:
"Hopefully they'll give us the same slack they give Apple…. If there's not quite the operational excellence right away, we'll continue to press for that."
Last time I checked, buying Apple products is voluntary, so this analogy is a no-go from the get-go.
There's this bit of special pleading too, which is nauseating:
"Apple, you know, has a few more resources than we have to roll out technology, and a few more people who've been working on the system for a while, and no-one is calling on Apple to not sell devices for a year or to, you know, get out of the business because the whole thing is a failure."
Over the past few years, Apple has had a market cap anywhere from $400 billion to $650 billion, depending on a wide variety of factors. The federal government has been spending north of $3.5 trillion a year for a while now and, unlike Apple, it can't go out of business even if it keeps rolling out crap devices.
And speaking of resources for technology, you may have heard that the National Security Agency never seems to be at a loss when it comes to surveilling your Facebook page, phone calls, and emails.