December 2, 2013, - 12:44 pm
This past weekend, we had a stark contrast in how online businesses work versus how ObamaCare doesn’t work. And today, we’ll have yet another.
Jeff Bezos Shows CBS “60 Minutes’” Charlie Rose his Amazon Air Drone Delivery System
Over the weekend, the Obama administration gushed that it can now (barely) handle 50,000 users at one time on Healthcare.flub, the site for the (Un)Affordable Care Act. And even with this new 50,000 claim, CNN showed that it still didn’t work as touted. We’re told it won’t work fully like it should until perhaps 2017. Contrast that with Walmart over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend or Amazon today, Cyber Monday.
For Grey Thursday and Black Friday, Walmart reported it had over 400 million hits on Walmart.com to see and purchase its Black Friday doorbuster specials online (over the two days). That’s an average of 8,333,333 users per hour. And all of them seemed to have no problem purchasing things on the Walmart site. The only problem was when popular doorbuster items completely sold out, such as a $10 women’s Faded Glory jacket. (It’s warm and looks great on–I know because I bought one at the store). There’s no worry that health insurance will “sell out” on Healthcare.flub because, after all, it’s not a ten buck jacket. With the higher premiums and deductibles under ObamaCare, it’s far more pricey and not quite the same value.
Today, with Cyber Monday, it’s Amazon.com’s turn to show up the ObamaCare website. Last night, CEO Jeff Bezos gave an interesting interview to “60 Minutes.” Although all the hype in the news is over reports he’s seeking to use drones for half hour deliveries (and it is, indeed, cool to watch the footage of the drones delivering items to trucks at the shipping centers).
But, to me, the news was delivered at the beginning of the report, when Bezos and his people said they will process 300 sales transactions per second on their site today. That’s 18,000 transactions per minute and 1,080,000 per hour. For a 24 hour period, it’s 25,920,000 sales. And that’s not counting traffic from those who browse the site but do not make a purchase.
These are real businesses, and they operate like businesses. They are constantly testing their own systems, months and years ahead, and making sure they work. When government takes over 1/7th of our economy, as it is doing with the grab known as ObamaCare, it screws everything up and will never get it right.
ObamaCare has a website operating in the Flintstones for healthcare in the age of the Jetsons and drones delivering packages.
Whom would you rather handle your healthcare when your life may depend on it–Jeff Bezos and his drones and his 26 million smooth sales in a day/Walmart and its 8,333,333 per hour hits . . . or Barack Obama with 50,000 users at a time that his site still can’t handle? Remember, future-thinking Bezos is already seeking to bring you goods within a half hour of payment, delivered by drones, whereas the Obama minions are still trying to get a 1990s-tech website to work for 50,000 users. We are going to be able to get our prescriptions delivered within a half hour of ordering via Bezos (the government didn’t take over the drug market via ObamaCare, and, yet, we’ll have to wait months (or years) to see the doctor we want to see, thanks to Obama.
Government always does things worse. Business almost always does them better. So, why are we allowing the government to take over our life-saving healthcare from business?
And where are the Black Friday style fist-fights and revolts over the ObamaCare debacle, the way they fight over a $98 widescreen TV?
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