In his speech over the government's shutdown and the launch of a new healthcare site, President Barack Obama has brought up the trump card in modern political debates: successful and beloved tech companies. Obama addressed criticism of Healthcare.gov, the sleek but buggy and unreliable system that lets Americans shop for health care plans, by comparing it to Apple's iOS. "Like every new law, every new product rollout, there are going to be some glitches in the sign-up process along the way that we will fix," he said in a speech at the White House today. "Consider that just a couple of weeks ago, Apple rolled out a new mobile operating system, and within days, they found a glitch, so they fixed it."
"I don't remember anybody suggesting Apple should stop selling iPhones or iPads or threatening to shut down the company if they didn't," Obama continued. "That's not how we do things in America. We don't actively root for failure." The problems, he said, were partially caused by the extremely heavy load of new users — though some are clearly out-and-out bugs. Either way, the site's administrators have promised to shore it up as quickly as possible, admitting that the wait times on both it and the accompanying hotline are "longer than expected."
Obama's statements are meant to address the larger political climate, particularly a bevy of Republicans who insist that the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") be delayed as part of budget negotiations. "I'll work with anybody who's got a serious idea to make the Affordable Care Act work better," he said. "I've said that repeatedly. But as long as I am president, I will not give in to reckless demands by some in the Republican Party to deny affordable health insurance to millions of hardworking Americans."