President Obama is "frustrated" by the disastrous launch of an online computer marketplace for Obamacare, the White House says. Here are five reasons why frustration isn´t enough. He should be frightened.1. It´s worse than his team has let on. The White House has tried to position the failed first days of Obamacare as mere "glitches" caused by the site´s popularity. An administration spokesman told the Washington Post on Sunday that the "main driver of the problem is volume." That is intentionally misleading. The White House has heard complaints from insurance companies, consumers, and health policy experts about issues embedded deeply
Comments: We´ve been frightened since it was rammed through, Ron.
Last line of the article is nauseatingly puke worthy. "How ironically sad it would be if Obamacare is denied a fair shake because of it´s namesake´s mismanagement."
Ya just don´t get it do you Fournier? The people didn´t want this bill. Not a single republican voted for it. It has never been, never will be "popular" Its bad law, bad legislation, and despite what the Supreme Court ruled, unconstitutional.
“Application” means only that they have made contact and have successfully rendered all their personal information . . . they still don’t have healthcare nor does it indicate that their application has even been approved. All of this must be flowing through Obama’s “Department of Obfuscation and Vague Clarity”.
Interesting how the only people who appear to have successfully enrolled (purchase a plan) are those in State Exchanges. Sign-ups aren´t such a problem, while attempts to apply on the government website Healthcare.gov are impossible.
Did our president deliberately set out to punish the states that opted out of creating their own exchange?
Bush´s greatest failure in Katrina, the one that sank his credibility, was the utterance of three little words: "Great job, Brownie." Obama may beat him with one little word, a word that in future retrospect will be remembered over all the others. It may be the word of mockery that summarizes the 2014 campaign: "Glitches."
The company awarded Obamacare to write the code is CGI Federal.This company is based in Montreal Canada. It has written programs for the US and Canadian departments some successful . However one that CGI wrote for the Canadian Healthcare Medical Registry for Diabetic sufferers was so poor that officials scrapped the $46.2 Million contract after 3 years of missed deadlines.Anyone really in the WH checking past performance of this company. Any reason why they did not choose a US company and at the same time get people back to work.
Ron, You can get health insurance for your pet parakeet, cat, python, poodle, whatever. Do you have it? Probably not, but it´s not a bad idea. That said, if you don´t, like most pets, it´s not "DANGEROUS!" as you continue to emphasize. You can pay cash, work out installment terms, etc., for the veterinary care your pet requires to live.
The same is true with medical care. First research all that is available to a person diagnosed with cancer without medical insurance before writing such drivel.
By the way, it´s easier to pay off a medical bill than it is to pay off a Department of Education Student Loan, or should I call it, involuntary servitude.
#13 ~ it´s a Canadian company with a very large American presence. The good ol´boys who did this one work in Fairfax County VA.
Worse than this sign up thing ~ there are other ACA rules that´ve gone into effect earlier that have served to leave HMOs unable to use hospitals in the same service area.
The consequence for the 800,000 Kaiser customers in Fairfax County (roughly 3/4 of the population) is that to get a good, first class hospital they can´t use their own renowned INOVA system ~ they have to travel 75 miles to Baltimore.
ACA did this!~
Seems to me that a good standard of practice would be to make sure local people can use local resources!
Obama will be remembered as an IDIOT over this one. It´s not getting better.
I saw an article the other day (can´t remember where) that intimated that Roberts was threatened to have his adopted children taken away from him if he voted against Obozocare. Don´t know if there is any truth to this, but someone should look into it.
#15 and #18, Justice Roberts could have been threatened with much worse things than simply having his children taken away.
Remember how The Won has operated ever since he entered politics - blackmail threats have been his main tool. He used that to get his first political office (back-stabbing an ally and mentor) and used it again to become a US Senator (sealed divorce papers mysteriously became unsealed, causing his far better-qualified opponent out of the race).
I´ve written it before, so, I´ll re-write it: We have arrived at utopia, the socialist paradise. There are no problems in utopia, for the power elite, that is. Until we can repeal this bad law, just as other bad laws, such as prohibition, were repealed, we are living in socialist paradise.
Obama didn´t write Obamacare. He told his Congressional Democrats that he wanted a ´universal´ healthcare plan on his desk ASAP as his first order of business. He was too lazy to do any actual work on it, so the Democrat leaders dug out every old Democrat wish list on healthcare and rolled it into this monstrosity and passed it on a party line vote. And we are stuck with it. So is Obama.
I doubt Obie is freaked out by anything on this. This new chapter in chaos is well-scripted and quite intentional from his team. But, meanwhile, Obie and the dims took a pretty good blow on this issue despite the pubbies´ messaging problem (thanks msm). I now look for Obie to become the "savior" and delay the individual mandate for a year. That´s funny, isn´t that what Boehner´s had voted for in the House and Obie (why was HE even involved at that stage?) said no that he wanted to fight it out. Obie´s obvious over-arching goal was to damage the pubbies and gain some advantage for the 2014 mid-terms. What else is new? Short-term gains for Obie, but, I still think the pubbies bought themselves a big advantage...if they could only get themselves ALL on the same page in time for the next political game on this in early 2014. And it is time to marginalize and freeze the msm.
fta: "There are two possible explanations for the Obama administration´s unconscionable lack of transparency.." No, there´s another, which is that perhaps they built in some politically driven components, and this is why they wanted to be the integrators themselves, and hug the task even now. the integrator would know of any secret rooms or Easter eggs etc.
maybe that´s why the firm they used was Canadian -not so easily subpoenaed by Congress. I´m beginning to think i would rather pay the fine than tell this system anything what so ever. the price of privacy, $695/year. OK.
FTA: ´´His administration needs to rapidly improve the online exchanges to stand any chance of convincing, say, young Americans to pay for insurance they don´t think they need.´´
Fournier oh so very casually deposits this sentence which speaks directly to ObamaCare´s need to fool young people and rip them off. Founier must be either brain dead or have a terminal case of beltway disease. This is not a game Mr. Founier, it is people´s lives, sir. Don´t trifle with them.
Hundreds of thousands have been shifted to part time to avoid the requirement for employers to offer insurance. Hundreds of thousands of retirees and spouses have been dropped employer coverage. Hundreds of thousand of fast food workers and students have lost low cost catastrophic insurance that doesn´t meet all the HHS requirements. And Ron is worried about Obama being embarrassed?
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