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MSNBC Anchor Unable to Sign Up For Obamacare Health Exchange
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Posted on 10/01/2013 10:04:58 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

MSNBC Anchor Unable to Sign Up For Obamacare Health Exchange By Matthew Sheffield Created 10/01/2013 - 12:25pm

Even as Politico and others are urging the public to overlook some of the many flaws in the Obamacare health insurance exchanges which just opened up today, MSNBC anchor Mara Schiavocampo is not playing along with the spin game.

Early this morning on “First Look,” Schiavocampo took viewers along with her as she filed a report on her experience trying to sign up for an exchange. It was an exercise in frustration as she soon found.

As the video below demonstrates, Schiavocampo experienced numerous errors on the exchange’s website and she spent about 20 minutes on the phone trying to talk to anyone to get help with her situation.

After waiting that long, Schiavocampo decided to give up: “If I were signing up for myself, this is where my patience would be exhausted,” she said.

Kudos to Schiavocampo for proving that one can indeed get some actual journalism at MSNBC instead of Obama Administration public relations pap.


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1 posted on 10/01/2013 10:04:58 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

And that’s just the beginning of the nightmare

Only a fool would think that dealing with the government for ANYTHING would be easy


2 posted on 10/01/2013 10:07:50 AM PDT by Regulator
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To: Sub-Driver

...But it’s still a great system, right msnbc?


3 posted on 10/01/2013 10:08:58 AM PDT by jughandle
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To: Sub-Driver
The Washington State 0bamaCare site is down:


4 posted on 10/01/2013 10:09:48 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Ted Cruz for President!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Billions of dollars have been spent on these exchanges.

Billions which could have paid for the healthcare of the small percentage which qualify for their use.


5 posted on 10/01/2013 10:10:38 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Sub-Driver


6 posted on 10/01/2013 10:12:47 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( When insane/feral Islamics are killing each other, stand back and let Allah sort them out!)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s still George Bush’s fault, because the Republicans shut down the government again.

I mean, how’s the gummint s’posta work without no money?

/sarc


7 posted on 10/01/2013 10:13:38 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

WA State site has been down for over an hour.


8 posted on 10/01/2013 10:15:19 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Ted Cruz for President!)
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To: Sub-Driver
20 minutes doesn't seem that long to work on something important, but that would be an accurate simulation of a certain segment of society. My sister tried to get a distant relative signed up for Medicaid for her and her daughter. This welfare princess would never finish filling out the paperwork.

The one silver lining for the Obama masses is that they won't have nearly as many choices to mull through as the seniors did with. Medicare part D. They are still going to have to deal with the shock when they find out free healthcare isn't free.

9 posted on 10/01/2013 10:15:59 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: driftdiver

Outsource Obamacare support to India. Healthcare from someone you cannot understand.


10 posted on 10/01/2013 10:17:37 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Regulator

It’s like watching Joe Theisman’s leg breaking... in really slow motion.


11 posted on 10/01/2013 10:17:43 AM PDT by Coffee... Black... No Sugar (I'm gonna' BICKER!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch........


12 posted on 10/01/2013 10:18:00 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Sub-Driver

Does not surprise me one freaking bit. We’ve known for months this would be a fiasco, and that most states would be out of compliance on 10/1. So let it roll. Let these lame headed citizens see what they elected.

So tired of having to be silent about this crappity-ass piece of legislation and all the pressure we have gotten to give the states everything they asked for.


13 posted on 10/01/2013 10:19:39 AM PDT by Badabing Badablonde (New to the internet? CLICK HERE)
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To: Sub-Driver
Right now, at 1:18 p.m. on national television, an American President, in what amounts to a TV commercial pushing Obamacare, is sounding more like Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan promoting laundry detergent or the latest, greatest gadget, than a United States President of all the people, including Republicans who oppose his policies.
14 posted on 10/01/2013 10:19:56 AM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: Uncle Miltie
Of course they will say this is because demand is so high.

A week from now they will blame it on............Bush.

15 posted on 10/01/2013 10:20:30 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: jughandle

..But it’s still a great system, right msnbc?


Hey Obamacare is great..as long as your exempt from it..Pelosi, Reid, Obama, Union thugs, and all the rest of OBama’s cronies are all exempt, gee I wonder why


16 posted on 10/01/2013 10:20:45 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Sub-Driver

I read a pretty good article a couple of months ago that pointed out that the computer infrastructure needed to implement this mess was not ready and would take some time to get ready and work. Not only not enough computing power absent but they don’t even have all of the software written and in place to make this thing work right.


17 posted on 10/01/2013 10:20:57 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: USNBandit

Indeed, 20 minutes doesn’t seem like very long. People spend more time setting up a new OS on their iPhones.

What bothers me about these “does it work” “it doesn’t work” type stories is they judge success based on some mechanical measure of whether the “trains run on time.” NSA spying “works,” as do unmanned drones. Hell, Auschwitz was quite “effective.” But that shouldn’t be the only measure of judging a governmental initiative, particularly a fascistic one such as this.


18 posted on 10/01/2013 10:29:29 AM PDT by Arthurio
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To: Sub-Driver

Rush just described an article where the author described a similar exercise in total frustration with an effort to apply at an “exchange.” To be fair, it’s likely that Ms Schiavocampo and that article’s author are both of above average intelligence and are far more familiar with dealing with complex software than the average low info voter. That being so, just imagine the chaos that will strike when millions of low info voters are forced into this nightmare.


19 posted on 10/01/2013 10:30:27 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: Captain Peter Blood
they don’t even have all of the software written

I think the fact is that they haven't finalized the rules, and so one might make the claim that they haven't even started some parts of the software.

Complex software takes time to design, develop, test and deploy. I believe that -- in part -- they are at the "design" phase, and the government shutdown is probably going to slow their efforts.

20 posted on 10/01/2013 10:32:47 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I bet in the end there will hardly anyone sign up because they will give up on the process when it just get more confusing.


21 posted on 10/01/2013 10:34:06 AM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: Sub-Driver

Boy, did Obama miss a bet on not taking the one-year delay offered by the Repubs. Sounds like he’ll end up delaying it for a year anyway just to work out the bugs.

“Uh, on second thought, guys, I’d like to announce I’ve heard that the American public wants some more time and out of the goodness of my heart I will extend the deadline...”


22 posted on 10/01/2013 10:34:33 AM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Col Frank Slade

I’m laughing with you, not at you. Working with the average Indian (from India) on any customer “service” problem is like having a deep root canal without anesthesia. We are of one mind.


23 posted on 10/01/2013 10:35:28 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: loveliberty2

24 posted on 10/01/2013 10:36:49 AM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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To: Sub-Driver

Nobody can sign up under the health insurance “exchanges” that were supposed to be up and operating today.

There was an exchange all right. The view of the future was exchanged for a handful of dross, fools’ gold, magic beans and pixie dust.

You can’t fix stupid. But you are not required to submit to it, either.

It is our higher moral duty to resist unjust laws. Sure, there are consequences, just as there were for the people who defied the Jim Crow laws throughout many parts of the “Old Confederacy”, in that you may get your head beaten, or end up incarcerated.

But those laws got repealed, didn’t they?

Civil disobedience works.. Look at the example of Mahatma Gandhi and the drive for independence in India.

“In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.”


25 posted on 10/01/2013 10:42:49 AM PDT by alloysteel (Those who deny natural climate change are forever doomed to stupidity. AGW is a LIE.)
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To: Sub-Driver
obamacare photo: Obamacare obamacare_chart_LG.jpg
26 posted on 10/01/2013 10:46:21 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Sub-Driver

[12:59:10 pm]: Thanks for contacting Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat. Please wait while we connect you to someone who can help.
[1:00:08 pm]: pat
So, this is free, right?
[1:30:07 pm]: Please be patient while we’re helping other people.
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27 posted on 10/01/2013 10:48:46 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

RICH !!


28 posted on 10/01/2013 10:50:11 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat ("Shut the Mother down")
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To: libstripper

“I am very sorry you are having problems with your healthcare. I know how frustrating this can be. Is your healthcare plugged in? Does the outlet your healthcare is plugged into have power? Is your healthcare turned on?.......”


29 posted on 10/01/2013 10:50:39 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

[1:49:44 pm]: Welcome! You’re now connected to Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat.

Thanks for contacting us. My name is Susan. To protect your privacy, please don’t provide any personal information, like Social Security Number, or any other sensitive medical or personal information.
[1:52:09 pm]: Susan
Welcome to the Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat, my name is Susan, how may I help you? To better assist you; please include the name of the state you reside in with your inquiry. Thank you.
[1:52:09 pm]: pat
Thanks Susan. I was told healthcare is now free?


30 posted on 10/01/2013 10:53:59 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

[1:55:09 pm]: Susan
Thank you for your question today. I will be happy to assist you with providing information about the cost of insurance through the Marketplace. One moment please.
[1:56:59 pm]: Susan
Premium amounts are available at HealthCare.gov. There are Marketplace plans to fit just about every need and budget. Some plans have lower monthly premiums and may charge you more out-of-pocket when you need care. Some are higher-premium plans that cover more of your expenses when you need care, and other plans are in the middle.

And don’t forget, when you use the Marketplace you may be able to get lower costs on monthly premiums or lower out-of-pocket expenses, or you may get free or low-cost coverage. When you fill out your Marketplace application, you will find out how much you can save. Most people who apply will qualify for lower costs of some kind. You need to enroll in coverage and make your first premium payment on or before December 15, 2013, for health coverage to start on January 1, 2014.

You can fill out an application or look at premium amounts at HealthCare.gov. I can also help you fill out an application or compare the estimated premium amounts of Marketplace plans in your area.
[1:59:08 pm]: pat
I don’t understand, I was told my healthcare would now be free. Your saying there is actually cost involved? I thought the government was paying for my healthcare?!!!


31 posted on 10/01/2013 10:59:22 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Sub-Driver; All

I do not believe that Obamacare was ever designed to “work”. It was designed to create an unworkable mess and to destroy the existing system, believing that they would then leverage a single payer system from the ashes.


32 posted on 10/01/2013 10:59:47 AM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: marktwain

Or perhaps they don’t want people to find out how much it will cost them.

Remember, large amounts of people are expecting a check every month from Obamacare.


33 posted on 10/01/2013 11:01:52 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

[2:03:42 pm]: Susan
I apologize for the misunderstanding. You may be able to apply for Medicaid in your state. What state do you reside in?
[2:04:30 pm]: pat
PA
[2:06:09 pm]: Susan
Medicaid is a state-administered program that provides health coverage for certain lower- income people, families, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Medicaid is available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. You may qualify for Medicaid now, and even if you do not, you may qualify if your state expands its Medicaid program in 2014. Even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid, your children may be eligible for coverage under your state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Medicaid programs differ from state to state. All state Medicaid programs must cover certain basic health care services. However, many states offer additional services beyond those basic health care services. The additional services covered by Medicaid vary from state to state.

Medicaid is designed to be affordable. Depending on your state’s rules, you may have to pay a small part of the cost for some medical services.

The Affordable Care Act allows states to cover more people by changing their Medicaid income eligibility levels. While many states have adopted new eligibility levels, some states have not made a final decision to do so. As such, Medicaid eligibility may vary from state to state. In every state, consumers may apply for Medicaid through the Marketplace or their existing state Medicaid program. For more information about your state’s Medicaid program, please contact your state’s Medicaid office.
[2:07:25 pm]: Susan
Hours of operation vary by state, however, most Medicaid offices are open during normal business hours of 08:00 am - 05:00 pm. You may reach them at (800) 692-7462.
[2:09:17 pm]: Susan
If you enroll in a plan through the Marketplace, you may qualify to lower the costs of your monthly premiums or out-of-pocket expenses. Additionally, you may qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, which are state programs that offer free or low-cost health insurance.

You may also qualify to lower the costs of your monthly premiums right away. When you fill out a Marketplace application, you’ll find out if you qualify for lower costs. You can then decide how much you would like to use.

Besides lower premiums, you may qualify to lower costs through a cost-sharing reduction, which lowers your out-of-pocket costs by calculating a reduced amount that you would owe. These reductions apply to deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments. You need to enroll in coverage and make your first premium payment on or before December 15, 2013, for health coverage to start on January 1, 2014.
[2:10:33 pm]: Susan
As the information states, once you apply, you will be able to find out what costs you are eligible for.


34 posted on 10/01/2013 11:15:29 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Col Frank Slade

India tech support would be superior to what we’re actually going to have.

Imagine 100,000 Rachel Jaentels answering the phones.


35 posted on 10/01/2013 11:17:17 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Snickering Hound
Larger - zoomable - PDF of that ObamaCare chart.
36 posted on 10/01/2013 11:19:50 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

[2:14:59 pm]: Susan
Thank you for your questions today. Is there anything else I can assist you with?
[2:15:34 pm]: pat
Will I be able to obtain a subsidy since I now realize I will have to pay?
[2:22:58 pm]: Susan
Thanks again, have a good day.


37 posted on 10/01/2013 11:23:11 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

It only took an hour to reach the inevitable end. That was from https://healthcare.gov/chat


38 posted on 10/01/2013 11:24:47 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Coffee... Black... No Sugar
It’s like watching Joe Theisman’s leg breaking...

I still flinch and grit my teeth each time I remember watching that injury.

39 posted on 10/01/2013 11:26:18 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Signed up for OBAMA HOPE

Signed up for OBAMA CHANGE

Signed up for OBAMA GLOBAL WARMING

Signed up for OBAMA SOLAR POWER

Signed up for OBAMA ‘ELECTRIC’ VEHICLES

Signed up for OBAMA GREEN

Signed up for OBAMA CARE

Signed up for OBAMA COMMON CORE

None of it works.


40 posted on 10/01/2013 11:34:30 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Our frickin' presidents a joke, why would his heath care system be any different?
41 posted on 10/01/2013 11:39:15 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: Halls

I’ve seen it reported that 7 million have signed up.


42 posted on 10/01/2013 12:09:56 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

WOW!


43 posted on 10/01/2013 12:17:16 PM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: Halls

That number was reported. It doesn’t mean it’s true.


44 posted on 10/01/2013 12:33:23 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

I don’t believe it.


45 posted on 10/01/2013 1:14:16 PM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey idiot.....it takes some time to get FREE HEALTH CARE for you MOOCHERS.


46 posted on 10/01/2013 2:16:11 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama blamed some of the website slowdown on the fact that more than 1 million people visited Healthcare.gov before 7 a.m., adding that demand had initially exceeded anything officials expected.

And how much more of this program will they have been proven to have gotten wrong by the time it's over? Just wait until the amount it adds to the deficit greatly exceeds expectations as well.

47 posted on 10/01/2013 4:19:42 PM PDT by JediJones (The #1 Must-see Filibuster of the Year: TEXAS TED AND THE CONSERVATIVE CRUZ-ADE)
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