Why do people do stupid things? I just learned one of the unreported reasons the Affordable Care Act Web site isn’t working properly.
Researchers at security engineering firm Arbor Networks have discovered software available on the Internet specifically designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov Web site with more traffic than it can handle. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) is used to attack a single site, thus causing a denial of service for users of the targeted Web site. The flood of incoming messages to the system essentially forces it to shut down, thereby denying entry to legitimate users.
The message left by the attackers on their Web site is, “ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people. We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!”
Today, over 48 million Americans have no health insurance. Yet some people never intended to help fix the health care law, only dismantle it.
According to the AMA, more than 81 million people currently suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease.
The American Diabetes Association reports almost 24 million people currently suffer from diabetes. And some 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or lupus; 21 million of whom are disabled due to the condition.
The Alzheimer’s Association states that more than 5 million Americans are currently afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease, a number that will soon spike, as our aging population grows older.
More than 11 million people currently suffer from some form of cancer. And some 79 million Americans are infected with the human papilloma virus (HPV), a disease that causes cancer in both women and men.
That, right there, is more than half the country. If you’re not sick right now, you likely will be.
Of course the Affordable Care Act is fragile and imperfect. All things human are, including you and me.
So if you’re one of the people fighting Obamacare, instead of sabotage, wouldn’t it be an example of enlightened, conservative self-interest to make sure this law is as robust as can be? Instead of costing billions of dollars to kill the ACA, why not spend that same effort to fix it for all Americans?
How are you feeling today? Think about it.